The feifei (狒狒; Chinese: "baboon"), fefe, shandaren, or tuluo is a cryptid primate reported from China's Yunnan Province, as well as the Guangdong Province, Guangxi, and northern Indochina. According to the Yi Zhou Shu and the Shujing, State Zhoumi once paid a feifei as tribute to King Cheng of Zhou (reigned 1042 - 1021 B.C.). It was described as hairy, with a human-like body, a wide projecting mouth with thick, long lips, feet that pointed backwards, and a cry which resembled human laughter.
According to later authors, the feifei was a man-eater which laughed as it captured its human victims. The Erya, the oldest known Chinese dictionary, says that it resembles a person, has long hair hanging down its back, is very fast, and may grow up to ten feet tall. According to some sources, its paws were or are eaten by local people.
David C. Xu suggests that the feifei could have been a living Homo erectus, specifically the Yuanmou man, whose remains were discovered in Yuanmou, China; a descendant of a Miocene ape such as Dryopithecus, or an unknown pongoid ape.
Notes and references
- Eberhart, George M. (2002) Mysterious Creatures: A Guide to Cryptozoology, ABC-CLIO, Inc., ISBN 1576072835
- Xu, David C. (2018) Mystery Creatures of China: The Complete Cryptozoological Guide, Coachwhip Publications, ISBN 978-1616464301