The Cryptid Zoo: Sisemite

The sisimite is a hairy humanoid that is reported from the Guarunta Mountains of Central America and nearby wild areas in Guatemala. They look like ape-men, often described as having shaggy hair so long that it sweeps the ground as they walk. Their screams are loud and piercing, and they prefer hilly or mountainous country with few human inhabitants.

In Chorti Indian folklore, the sisemite is a rapist who abducts human women. It has supernatural powers and is appointed as a kind of guardian of the wilderness. It will attack hunters in order to protect wildlife. In these features, the sisemite resembles the hairy forest ogres of South American folklore.

You can find out more about the Sisemite from the following sources:

Clark, Jerome and Coleman, Loren. Cryptozoology A-Z. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1999. Pages 224
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Cremo, Michael A. & Thompson, Richard L. Living Ape-Men: Central and South America

Mausó, Pablo Villarubia. The Mysteries of Honduras

Newton, Michael. Encyclopedia of Cryptozoology: A Global Guide to Hidden Animals and Their Pursuers. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, 2005. Pages 198, 222, 427-428, 455

Weidensaul, Scott. The Ghost with Trembling Wings: Science, Wishful Thinking and the Search for Lost Species. New York: North Point Press, 2002. Page 173

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