Allegedly, another mysterious primate or wildman, this time from Mingrelian, West Asia.
Alternatively known as Abnuaaya, Abnauayu, and Bnahua (Abaza) — which are all local names for what is generally known as Almas — the Ochokochi are described as wild men-like hairy creatures that, according to the locals, are skilled runners and swimmers, besides being able to improvise weapons out of sticks and stones.
These wildmen are said to have no speech, but are able to make muttering noises and to have a very sharp sense of hearing. They are also rumored to wash their newborn infants in clean cold-water springs and of bartering food for trinkets, which denotes a higher understanding then that of an animal.
In Colchian/Mingrelian mythology, the Ocho-Kochi is a creature whom, instead of hair on his breast, has a protuberance in the form of a pointed bone or a stone-axe. This mythological personage is supposed to attack passers by and kill them with a deadly stabbing embrace.
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