From the Dreamtime the Yowie In Myth And Reality
Between Indochina & Thailand 1951
shadowy figure-Taw Taw
Back in the
days of French Indochina [as Vietnam was once known], an employee of
the French Government, Jean-Pierre Delaine, was on a visit to a small
village located on the borderland between Indochina and Thailand.
The year was
1951 and the French were fighting a war to hang onto their colony. Delaine
was on a mission to attempt to convince a native tribe to support France
in this was, and was already on good terms with the village chief.
chief only allowed him to walk about the village with spear-carrying
bodyguards, his reason being that the 'Taw' were prowling about in the
nearby jungle and that the Frenchman needed protection.
to a small hut to sleep at that night, while two bodyguards armed with
spears stood outside the entrance. Suddenly he was woken up by what
he later described as "an awful shriek", and the "roar
of some primeaval monster".
he found his bodyguards hiding out of sight, trembling in fear of their
own lives. It was a moonlit night, and as villagers hiding in their
huts screamed "Taw! Taw!", he spotted an enormous shadowy
figure striding down the main thoroughfare of the village, a figure
at least 9ft [2.75m] tall. It was covered with long hair and walked
upright like a human.
Hearing a scream
coming from a nearby hut, Delaine saw another 'Taw' striding out of
the dwelling with a grown woman tossed over his shoulder, her struggles
in vain against the strength of the manbeast. Grabbing a pistol from
his hut Delaine only got off two shots at the manbeast as he vanished
quickly into the dark, although Delaine was certain his bullets had
seemed to pay no attention to my bullets" he puzzled later.
had forgotten about the other Taw, which suddenly appeared out of nowhere
and knocked him to the ground with a powerful hairy arm, dislodging
the pistol from his hand.
the manbeast picked him up only to slam him down against the earth.
He barely had time to grab the pistol before the monster began giving
him a death hug. The smell from the creature's hairy body was horrible.
Then, as the
monster momentarily relaxed its grip, Delaine was able to fire his pistol.
The manbeast dropped Delaine, then moved away from him. It was then
Delaine realised his shot had only grazed the creature's hip, yet it
was enough to frighten the manbeast and it ran off behind one of the
huts and into the jungle.
A search the
following day resulted in finding the dead body of the woman, and about
the area were found the huge footprints of several Taw giants, on or
more of whom had eaten the flesh off her arms. Delaine was glad to leave
believe many tribes of gigantic Taw of from 3 to 4m in height inhabit
the remote mountainous regions. The Taw or 'mouth-men' of Vietnam appear
to be related to the Kung-tu 'mouth men' of Burma. Their range also
extends from Vietnam and Thailand into Cambodia.