Legends of the Gobi Desert

Gobi desert
The mythological creature Olgoi-Khorkhoi. Peter Dirks/ Wikimedia Commons

The Gobi is one of the coldest deserts in the world. It covers parts of northern and northwestern China, and of southern Mongolia, with an area of 1.3 million square miles.

The desert regions of the Gobi Desert have been unaltered and without water for 65 million years.

The Uncatchable Olgoi-Khorkhoi

Many mysteries have arisen in the Gobi Desert. It has been said that Olgoi-Khorkhoi lives in the most desolate and sandy region of the desert. This is a giant red colored worm, and it appears on the surface in the hottest months of the year. Locals experience a mystical horror from Olgoi-Khorkhoi, because he is said to be able to kill from a distance by spitting deadly poison, or smite its victim with an electrical charge.

There have been multiple expeditions in search of the Mongolian death worm. American scientists were sent to explore the depths of Mongolia in 1954. They left from the village of Sainshand and never returned… An investigation was organized by Mongolian authorities as a result of the American government’s plea. The missing scientists were found in one of the most inaccessible regions of the Gobi Desert. The vehicles were intact, but the bodies of the 6 researchers were found lying close-by in the sand. The exact cause of death couldn’t be determined since they have been dead for some time. Some believe that they were victims of Olgoi-Khorkhoi.

Famous Soviet author and paleontologist, Ivan Yefremov, traveled to the Gobi Desert on three different occasions from 1946-1949. On his trips he compiled stories of numerous local superstitions about the killer worm. “Obviously there is a creature still unknown to science that resides in the Gobi Desert. Possibly a relic from an extinct, ancient organism on Earth,” writes Yefremov in one of his reports.

During the 90’s there were two Czech expeditions on a mission to find the uncatchable Olgoi-Khorhoi of the Gobi Desert. They were unable to catch the giant work, but they did found a lot of evidence suggesting that it exists.

The Horned Skulls

Archeologists have discovered numerous strange artifacts in the Gobi Desert. Several skulls (undoubtedly human) were discovered on the Chinese-Mongolian border in 1995. What made them interesting is that all of them had horns.

And right away two hypotheses surfaced: either those horns were artificially embedded into human skulls as some sort of ancient hunting ritual, or a certain kind of ancient inhibitors were born this way, with horns on their skull.

Many months of studying the skulls were necessary in order to determine their origin. But, the strange artifacts were scattered somewhere in museum storages, and the final conclusions were never published.

The Giant Humanoid

In 45 million-year-old layers of the ground, British paleontologists discovered fossilized remains of a giant human-like creature in the Mongolian town of Uul in 1999. In many ways its skull pointed to a connection with the first human-like monkeys which lived 6-8 million years ago. Other anthropological characteristics related the skull to Homo sapiens.  The way the skull was shaped gave reason to believe that it was intelligent and could speak – it resembled the skull of a human. The only difference was the wrists which were disproportionally large. The creature’s size was atypical for humans or primates – it was 15 meters tall.

American paleontologists were skeptical about the discovery. It is possible that we are not dealing with an extinct civilization but something different, unusual to us. It would seem that this creature had developed beyond the limitations of our evolution.