Mormon Columnist: Bigfoot is Really Cain from the Bible

Posted by on December 14th, 2011
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Is the crypto creature known as Bigfoot really a religious icon doomed to walk the Earth for his sins? What could possibly doom one man to such a hell?

What if I told you that man was Cain. He who killed Able. Son to Adam and Eve. Maybe you’ve heard of him?


This theory comes according to a 2008 paper by then-Mormon Mentality blogger Matt Bowman. He bases his theory on a 1835 letter describing a meeting between David Patten and Cain.

Patten described the encounter thusly:

“He said he was a very miserable creature, that he had earnestly sought death during his sojourn upon the earth, but that he could not die, and his mission was to destroy the souls of men. I rebuked him in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.”

This is further corroborated by a 1919 manuscript which included a reference to an attack by a hairy, talking humanoid described as Cain.

As far as Bigfoot lore goes, this theory provides an out for at least one major hole. Bigfoot would be an immortal creature and not a new species which would explain why he’s so elusive. It’s far more of a challenge to catch one man than a thriving, natural animal bloodline.

Thanks to Tijuana Taxi on Twitter for this tip.


2 Responses to “Mormon Columnist: Bigfoot is Really Cain from the Bible”

  1. Patrick Orlob Says:

    Believe it or not, this is a fairly common folk doctrine among Mormons. I heard it all the time growing up here in Utah.

  2. mxyzptlk Says:

    Waitaminnit — in Beowulf, the poet claims that Grendel is from Cain’s clan.

    Mormon Bigfoot: Big hairy beast with giant limbs who’s out to destroy men’s souls.

    Grendel: Big hairy troll-like beast with giant limbs who destroys Geats, Speardanes, and other manly Scandinavians.


    *cough cough*

    Wæs se grimma gæst      Grendel haten,
    mære mearc-stapa,      se þe moras heold,
    fen ond fæsten;      fifel-cynnes eard
    won-sæli wer      weardode hwile,
    siþðan him Scyppend      forscrifen hæfde
    In Caines cynne      þone cwealm gewræc,
    ?ce drihten,      þæs  h? ?bel sl?g.