Mande Burung is a hominid cryptid sighted in the jungles of Garo Hills in Meghalaya (Nepal).
The recent sightings of this mammal were in April 2007 in Durabanda village of Garo Hills. Eye witness says that two adults with two young ones were seen. Another eyewitness said a female Mande Burung chased away a human in the same village. It was also sighted in Chokpot, who was in search for crabs in a nearby stream.
The Achik Tourism Society, which has been in search for this, came out with some evidences on the survival of this mammal, if it really exists at all. They have collected some samples of hair recently, which is the only biological evidence they have, other than some imprints, footprints and scratch marks on tree trunks. The hair has been sent for deoxyribonucleic acid(DNA) and forensic test. This will throw some light on if at all the hair is of that ’Unidentified Giant Creature’.
The ATS has also come up with very comprehensive report and descriptions of Mande Burung or the so-called Bigfoot. It is big, apelike creature with thick hair covering its entire body. The colour of the hair is reported to be black or blackish brown. It has some kind of foul odour/smell emanating from the body. It has a footprint/pug mark size from 13 inches to 15 inches in length. It may be around 7’5" to 9’ tall. It may weigh around 300 kgs. It is noted to be herbivorous creature, who eats banana, tubes, tree roots, fruits, berries, barks of some trees, sawe trees and is also reported to eat crabs. It walks on two legs (biped). (As reported in 2002 sighting). It sleeps in the nest built on the open ground (as reported in 2002 sighting). It is shy and is basically harmless (as reported in 2005 sighting). It is a creature with phenomenal strength.
Garo Hills is situated on the Western edge of Meghalaya State in North Eastern India. It is bordered by Assam on the North and West, By Khasi Hills in the East and Bangladesh in the South. This part of Meghalaya is inhabited by local tribals known as the A'CHIK or the GAROs. The Garos are simple and peace loving people. Their main occupation if farming and cultivation. Garo Hills have some of the deepest forest and uncharted jungle in India. The concentration of flora and fauna is excellent. Garo Hills can also boast of 2 National Parks in the state and Bird Sanctuary among other natural marvels.
"Mande Burung" (Forest Man)or the ape man of Garo Hills is somewhat similar to the Yeti of Nepal, Yowie of Australia, Sasquatch of Canada and Bigfoot of America etc. The tales of Mande Burung is passed on through the generation by the words of mouth by our ancestors.
The description of the Mande Burung is as follows : It is very big and tall ape like creature, walks on two legs, have brownish black long body hairs, have long head and looks like it is wearing a pointed cap, sometimes it smells too. The height is not known exactly but assumed to be around 8 feet tall judging by the size of his footprints. The footprint measures about 13 to 15 inches long and must be very heavy, judging by the depth of the footprint.
There are variety of Bigfoot in Garo belief and tales. They are :
1. MANDE BURUNG ( Typical bigfoot )
2. MATDNGDNG ( Same as Bigfoot but moves faster )
3. AJAJU ( Bigfoot without kneejoint and elbowjoint )
4. MATMEMANG ( Screaming evil spirit - it is invisible )
1. Andol Chiring, Silkigre, South Garo Hills, Meghalaya - 15th November 1997
2. Jabatram, South Garo Hills, Meghalaya - 18th January 1999
3. Near Nokrek Nationa Park, West Garo Hills, Meghalaya - 23rd, 24th & 25th January 2002
4. Nokrek National Park, West Garo Hills, Meghalaya - 10th March 2002
5. Mandalgre, Near Nokrek National Park, West Garo Hills - 13th June 2003
6. Rongrigittim, South Garo Hills, Meghalaya - July 2005
7. Near Nokrek National Park - February 2006
8. Adokgre Village, East Garo Hills ( Bordering Assam ) - August 2006
9. Durabanda & Rongchekgre Area - April 2007