of tobacco: "Nicotiana (tobacco) is a genus
of 21 to 67 species of perennial herbs and shrubs, including many
subspecies, strains and cultivars, characterized by large fleshy
leaves and numerous sticky hairs. Various species are used as ornamentals,
insecticides, and for smoking. Mapacho is considered very sacred
by Amazonian shamans and is employed alone (by tabaqueros)
or in combination with other plants in shamanic practices.
Some shamans drink the juice of tobacco leaves alone as a
visions. Mapacho is used extensively in healing practices
and is considered a medicine, not a health hazard, when used
bear: P. Shepard, "The Ark of the Mind." Parabola Spring
possible explanations for the rank smell are scent glands, carrion
eating and unclean personal habits, and perhaps more than one source
is responsible. If this is a generated scent, at least in part,
it would help to explain why the smell is noted by only some observers.
The scent may be excluded at will, or automatically in response
to particular circumstances. On the other hand the nature of the
odor is very much unlike that of any other mammalian scent (except
for a bear in rut)." G.S. Krantz, Bigfoot Sasquatch
Evidence. Blaine, WA., 1999. pp.135-6.
hair: "The Florida Skunk Ape gets its name from the
very fact that it lives in the state of Florida and that it emits
an awful stench. People who have the pleasure of experiencing this
smell have described it as that of an elephants cage, or a trash
dump." www.skunkape.com. Witnesses claim
the Florida Skunk Ape to be a red-haired Bigfoot.