Thursday, January 26, 2012

Read the Story of Zana: A Captive Russian Almas and Mother to 4 Half-Human Offspring


Editor’s Note: This is a post by Bigfoot Evidence contributor Vicki W.

One of the most intriguing stories from 19th century Russia is the story of Zana, who is reputed to have been a female almas (Russian name for sasquatch) captured by villagers in what is today known as Abkhazia , Western Caucasus. Details regarding just how she was captured are sketchy at best.

Villagers described her as covered with reddish-black hair with a large muscular build, large teeth, and fingers and toes longer than humans, in fact, she was able to splay her toes widely and move apart the big toe. Her wild animal-like tendencies frightened most who encountered her and for 3 years her food was tossed to her from a distance. Eventually, she became tame enough to be allowed to wander about fairly freely. Despite this, she continued to sleep outside in a self-dug hole in the dirt, refused to wear clothes, (became willing to tolerate a loin cloth), and never learned to speak. She developed the ability to perform simple tasks and seemed to respond to her name. Villagers recall she had a voracious appetite and even had a penchant for wine, sometimes sleeping for hours in a swoon-like state after indulging. Among her peculiar behaviors were clacking stones together and lying in a cool pool side by side with buffalo.

But here's the most interesting part of the story. Zana became pregnant by local men (perhaps it was the wine) and produced six offspring! The first two newborns died after she washed them in chilly spring water shortly after giving birth. Village women subsequently rescued the following four infants and cared for them, raising them as normal human children. Zana was the mother of two sons and two daughters. Yahoo contributor Robert Craeller lists their names and approximate birth year.

"The oldest son was Dzhanda, the youngest, Khwit. The older girl was Kodzanar and the second, Gamassa. All of them had children of their own, and their descendants are dispersed across Abkhazia. In the official census their last name was listed as Sabekia, although the two youngest, Khwit and Gamassa were raised by Edgi Genaba's wife. (It was rumored that Genaba himself fathered those children). Their birthdates are listed as: Dzhanda; 1878, Kodzanar; 1880, Gamassa; 1882 and Khwit; unknown."

Khwit 

Of the four, the most is known about her youngest son Khwit. Exceptionally strong Khwit managed quite well within society although he possessed a quick temper and was prone to picking fights. Khwit died in 1954 around the age of 65-70. In the 1970's, well-known hominologist and researcher Igor Burtsev led an expedition to locate the remains. Studies were conducted on the skull by scientists in Moscow who noted peculiarities, but differences weren't remarkable enough to conclude the skull was outside the parameters of a modern human. Female skeletal remains were found in a grave next to Khwit, but scientists were unable to conclusively identify them as the bones of Zana.

Igor Bourtsev on the excavation
The skull of  Khwit 

A woman
The skeleton in the neighborly grave

Robert Craeller also notes this information regarding the grandchildren of Zana.

"In his field research interviewing the residents of Abkhazia, Russian hominologist Boris Porshnev met several of Zana's grandchildren. He remarked that he was immediately impressed by their dark skin and non-Caucasoid looks. One of the grandchildren, Shalikula was exceptionally strong, and could pick up a grown man sitting in a chair by grasping and lifting the chair with his jaws and teeth! Two other grandchildren, Chalikoua and Taia, were also reported to have the same general appearance and notably robust jaw muscles and bone structure."

Read Director of International Hominology Igor Burtsev's full account about his research of Zana here:

www.hominology.narod.ru

26 comments:

  1. The main thing I got from this story is that guys will pork anything. haha

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  2. Every story/legend is based on some truth. To anon above that is funny.

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  3. I read somewhere that Khwit's DNA was tested and came out human.

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  4. Wikipedia says:Alleged captive Almas

    A wildwoman named Zana is said to have lived in the isolated mountain village of T'khina fifty miles from Sukhumi in Abkhazia in the Caucasus; some have speculated she may have been an Almas, but hard evidence is lacking.

    Captured in the mountains in 1850, she was at first violent towards her captors but soon became domesticated and, indeed, was able to assist with simple household chores. Zana is said to have had sexual relations with a man of the village named Edgi Genaba, and gave birth to a number of children of apparently normal human appearance. Several of these children, however, died in infancy. Some commentators have attributed these early deaths to Zana's genetic incompatibility (as an Almas) with humans.

    The father, meanwhile, gave away four of the surviving children to local families. The two boys, Dzhanda and Khwit Genaba (born 1878 and 1884), and the two girls, Kodzhanar and Gamasa Genaba (born 1880 and 1882), were assimilated into normal society, married, and had families of their own. Zana herself died in 1890. The skull of Khwit (also spelled Kvit) is still extant, and was examined by Dr. Grover Krantz in the early 1990s. He pronounced it to be entirely modern, with no Neanderthal features at all. If Krantz's verdict on the skull is correct, and the skull itself is indeed that of Zana's son, it would indicate that Zana may have been a member of an isolated hunter gatherer tribe so culturally different from her captors' society as to make Zana seem non-human to them, even though she was indeed a modern human. How this may relate to the true identity of other reported Almases is unknown.[9]

    Another case is said to date from around 1941, shortly after the German invasion of the USSR. A "wild man" was captured somewhere in the Caucasus by a detachment of the Red Army. He appeared human, but was covered in fine, dark hair. Interrogation revealed his apparent inability (or unwillingness) to speak, and the unfortunate creature is said to have been shot as a German spy. There are various versions of this legend in the cryptozoological literature, and, as with other Almas reports, hard proof is absent.[10]

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  5. More on Zana:

    http://open.salon.com/blog/cloud_9/2009/08/22/in_search_of_the_alma_wild_snowmen_of_russia


    and http://www.cryptomundo.com/cryptozoo-news/khwit-dna/

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  6. The DNA was tested and it is 100% human.

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    1. hahaha "nat geo" The only htng believable about the mainstream media is that its all lies!

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  7. She was a large French Gypsy women not a big deal

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  8. That's an interesting story. I wasn't familiar with it. Judging from the sketch, I would say she had an ethereal beauty. She definitely had it going on.

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  9. I wonder what Andre the Giants skull would look like compared to the "normal" skull in the picture

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  10. Zana produced offspring from several village men? It was perhaps the wine? Yet she was kept captive and food thrown at her sounds more like a sex slave. Good story though but the point of the story is more like: men will do anything. Wish there was solid evidence on the existance of almas.

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  11. IN the Anabasis Alexandrou written by the Romanized Greek, Flavius Arrianus Xenophon, he records from first person accounts from those who campaigned with Alexander the Great, the subjective namesake of his work, that they encountered a tribe of what they termed the Ἰχθυοφάγοι (Fish-Eaters), so called on account of their eating their catch raw. Some speculate that they may have been a recording or Homonoids.

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  15. Where is that picture of Khwit from? Is it an actual photo? The reason I ask is because it looks like a Jew.

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    1. And what does a "Jew" look like anonymous? Enlighten us all, you argumentative, ignorant twit.

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  16. According to Khwit's DNA Zana was 100% sub Saharan African, and due to the unusual and archaic characteristics of Khwits skull Zana was possibly from a breakaway tribe that was thousands of years old but survived in the Causcasus mountains and not modern human

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  17. check out the research of lloyd pye and it will explain everything.
    "everything you know is wrong"

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  18. Multiple people from her village said they saw her lift 110 pound sacks in one hand and carry them to where they were going.

    Not over her shoulder but in her hand.....

    Now you show me ANYONE, no matter what the country of origin, that can do that.......try carrying 50 pounds in one hand and bring it 10 feet once and tell me how you do....

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  19. This woman was captured, used as a sex slave, and was most def of sub-saharan african origin. These villagers were ignorant tards who made up lies.

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    1. But the big surprise in Sykes’ results was that Zana’s DNA is not Caucasian at all, but African. Khwit’s tooth sample confirms her maternal African ancestry and the saliva tests on the six living descendants show that they all contain African DNA in the right proportions for Zana to have been genetically 100% sub-Saharan African

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