Sasquatch Around the World
It is an arguable idea that paranormal anecdotes or witness accounts might be affected by regional cultures, and when all the reports of strange phenomena are examined from all places on the planet, the effect of each region's bias becomes evident. One example is in Jacques Vallee's excellent book 'Dimensions - Alien Contact', in which he documents a number of stories of 'flying refridgerators' that terrorize the residents of deep, rural Brazil. Nowhere else in the world, to my understanding, has this been reported in this same set of descriptives.
Another case is the Alien encounter that happened in Voronezh, Russia in 1989, when a strange craft landed in a schoolyard and as witnessed by numerous school children and some adults, a couple of very tall, three-eyed creatures with tiny heads emerged and zapped a young boy with a (claw-held) laser wand, who then disappeared, reappearing later, apparently unharmed. There is another report of a similar creature, (The Pascagoula Case) but not exactly the same type of critter. So for some reason, where a paranormal event happens has some bearing on the details of what these entities look like.
In the case listed below, we have the cultural bias of a soldier who lives in rural Russia. His experience is marked by the unusual inclusion of a bigfoot who can 'fly'.
As if it wasn't already strange enough:
Chelyabinsk Oblast, east of Central Ural Mountains, Russia - January 1997 - 08:00 a.m.-09:00 a.m.
A soldier of a local military unit, a cook at the radar post deep in the dense forest had gone to the perimeter fence of his unit in order to obtain some firewood from logs already prepared and positioned near the fence; he needed to prepare dinner for the company. The time was a little bit after breakfast. The weather was good and frosty with lots of snow on the ground and a good clear day. Suddenly he saw two hairy humanoids, one about 2.2m in height, the second about 1.7m. Both were covered in dense fur kind of dirty red in color. The soldier thought that the taller entity was a female and the second shorter one probably a child.
Both entities had penetrated inside the perimeter of the unit possibly attracted by the smell of the kitchen area. The witness was carrying an axe and for some strange reason was not afraid only curious and walked towards the creatures in an attempt to obtain a better look. But amazingly he wasn’t able to approach the pair, since both constantly seemed to move ahead of him, he couldn’t make up any ground between them so he increased his pace but at the same time the entities increased theirs moving quickly away from him. Finally, moving faster and faster the entities jumped up into the air and momentarily the witness thought that the perimeter fence would hinder their escape, but to his amazement he saw how both of the hairy humanoids simply zoomed into the air and levitated over the fence.
The humanoids then flew away and vanished above the tall pine trees in the forest which surrounded the military installation. The witness then stopped his pursuit, returned back to the fence and saw two tracks of footprints which were left on the snow. The layer of snow was thick and strong, evidently the tall hairy humanoid was very heavy. However the footprints seemed to become dimmer and less deep as they neared the fence, indicating that the humanoids apparently began ascending into the air. Other soldiers reported seeing the footprints but were reluctant to report it to their commanding officer.
Source: Vladimir P. Boyko, Simferopol UFO Research Crimea Ukraine