It is extremely common for cryptozoology proponents to call upon indigenous stories of creatures to lend a sense of authority and antiquity to their current claims. What can we make of folklore tales that cryptozoologists use to support claims that an unknown animal has been historically reported and remains to be identified?
I wrote a series of posts about this subject in 2015 pulling from Meurger’s Lake Monster Traditions book. A correspondent just notified me that the internal links to the pieces were broken because I changed the domain name. Here are the correct links to the parts.
Cryptozoology and Myth, Part 1: The Illusion of Facticity in Unknown Animal Reports
Cryptozoology and Myth, Part 2: Lake Monster Tropes
Cryptozoology and Myth, Part 3: Hiding in the cold, dark water until Judgment Day
Cryptozoology and Myth, Part 4: Crypto-zoologizing the natives’ magic monster
Cryptozoology and Myth, Part 5: Which came first – the monster or the myth?
Please check it out and let me know what you think.