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Grouping Cryptid
Sub grouping Hominid
Other name(s) Barmanu, Baddmanus, Big Hairy One (Translation)
Country Afghanistan, Pakistan
Region Northeast Afghanistan,
Chitral, Gilgit and Northern Areas of Pakistan
Habitat Mountains

The Barmanou (or Barmanu or Baddmanus[1]), a bipedal humanoid primate cryptid, allegedly inhabits the mountainous region of western Pakistan. Shepherds living in the mountains have reported sightings. The zoologist Jordi Magraner, a Spaniard living in France, has researched the Barmanou extensively.

The Barmanou is the Pakistani equivalent of the Bigfoot. The term Barmanou is used in several Pakistani languages including Khowar, Shina, Hindko and Kashmiri. In addition to the name Barmanou there are other local names as well.

The proposed range of the Barmanou covers the Chitral and Karakoram Ranges, between the Pamirs and the Himalaya. This places the Barmanou between the ranges of two more-famous cryptids, the Almas of Central Asia and the Yeti of the Himalayas.

The Barmanou allegedly possesses both human and apelike characteristics and has a reputation for abducting women and attempting to mate with them. It is also reported to wear animal skins upon its back and head. The Barmanou appears in the folklore of the Northern Regions of Pakistan and depending on where the stories come from it tends to be either described as an ape or a wild man.

The first search in Pakistan for Bipedal Humanoid man was carried out by a Spanish zoologist Jordi Magraner from 1987 to 1990. He wrote a paper, Les Hominidés reliques d'Asie Centrale,[2] on the Pakistani cryptid – the wild man.

In May 1992, during a search in Shishi Kuh valley, Chitral, Dr. Anne Mallasseand reported that once during a late evening she heard unusual guttural sounds which only a primitive voice-box could have produced by. No further progress could be made.[citation needed] In addition to this, Dr. Mallasseand was not able to record the sound.


  1. ^ Hazara Gazetteer 1883-84, Lahore, 1884, Language' section, p.117
  2. ^ Magraner, Jordi (1992). Notes sur les hominidés reliques d'Asie centrale: district de Chitral, NWFP, Pakistan (in French). J. Magraner. Retrieved 2014-03-08. 

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