After showing a 'yeti' scalp to King Mahendra of Nepal, Dec 7, Sir Edmund Hillary, conqueror of Everest, left Kathmandu, Dec 9, with his mountaineering baggage - and a bag with the scalp in it.
Hillary shows conical shaped scalp to King - King holds it - both Hillary and King hold it - village elder presents his thing to King - Hillary his comrades & village elder - Hillary close-up - village elder close-up.
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: After showing a 'yeti' scalp to King Mahendra of Nepal, Dec 7, Sir Edmund Hillary, conqueror of Everest, left Kathmandu, Dec 9, with his mountaineering baggage - and a bag with the scalp in it. Then he flew off around the world to show the scalp to experts.
It was the King's own wish to see the scalp and summoned Sir Edmund to his palace. During this special audience, Sir Edmund's colleagues presented traditional Nepalese gifts to the King.
Sir Edmund has said he thinks the 'yeti' or Abominable Snowman is a myth. Evidence gathered by his Himalayan expedition indicated it, and footprints found by the expedition might well have been those made by mountain wolves.
He obtained his scalp from a monastery in the Everest village of Khumjung where it had been kept for 240 years. Accompanying him on his world tour to throw light on the specie of scalp is its custodian, one of the village elders, who keeps it under constant watch.
Two members of the expedition are accompanying Sir Edmund - Desmond Doig, writer, and Marling Perkins of the Chicago Zoo.
Before leaving Nepal, Sir Edmund showed the scalp to King Mahendra, his prime minister, diplomats and high officials.
After Kathmandu, Sir Edmund, scalp, custodian, and his two colleagues flew first to Calcutta, then to Hong Kong Dec 10. They were flying to Chicago to have the scalp examined and will return to Nepal through London and the European mainland. A condition of taking it from the monastery in Nepal is that the scalp must be returned within a month.