1 min read

Yabalik-Adam : Wildman of Central Asia.


Unknown, probably a Turkic word, presumed to mean “wild man.”

Variant names:

Yaboi-adam, Yavan-adam, Yavo-khal’g.

Physical description:

Yellowish body hair. Thumb is close to the fingers. Feet are broader than a human’s.


Moves easily in the mountains. Turns around to face its pursuers, uttering guttural cries. Chinese informants claim that it hurls large stones as weapons and moults in April.


Pamir and Kunlun Mountains, in the area where Tajikistan, Afghanistan, and the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China meet.

Significant sighting:

Around 1912, hunters captured a wildman in the mountains, brought it into a village, and fed it raw meat. After the
news reached Taxkorgon, Chinese authorities came and took the creature away.


  • Bernard Heuvelmans and Boris F.Porshnev, L’homme de Néanderthal est toujours vivant (Paris: Plon, 1974), pp. 139–140



Mysterious Creatures – A Guide to Cryptozoology written by George M. Eberhart – Copyright © 2002 by George M. Eberhart

Previous Story

Porshnev, Boris F.

Next Story

Big Grey Man

Latest from Blog

Eugène Deloncle

Eugène Deloncle was a French businessman and far-right political activist who lived from 1890 to 1944.…


Thixo is a creator god in Xhosa mythology. In Xhosa culture, Thixo is considered the highest…


In Tuareg mythology, Aziza are protective spirits or genies that are believed to inhabit natural features…


Irikuden is a legendary hero in Tuareg mythology, who is revered as a symbol of strength,…

Tin Hinan

Tin Hinan is a legendary figure in Tuareg mythology, who is considered the mother of the…