The Goatman is described as a large (between 6 and 8 feet tall), upright, bipedal creature, with a furry lower half of a goat, including hooves, and the torso of a man, sometimes covered in fur. The head is human-like with the addition of horns. He sometimes wields an axe, may use mimicry to lure victims to a location, and enjoys scaring teens in cars on lonely roads.
What is the Goatman?
Perhaps urban legend, perhaps an inter-dimensional creature, perhaps science experiment gone awry, little is really known of the Goatman. He is most closely associated with the states of Maryland, Texas, and Louisiana.
There are a few origin stories floating around the webisphere.
- Goatman as Science Experiment
- A scientist called Stephen Fletcher was conducting DNA experiments on goats at the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center when disaster struck, turning him into a hybrid half-man/half-goat creature who escaped the compound to live in the wild. He roams the back roads of Beltsville, Maryland, attacking cars with an axe and thirsting for blood.
- A Pact With The Devil
- Some relate a more supernatural origin involving a man and the Devil.
Clearly, the modern Goatman bears a close resemblance to the ancient Greek satyr, the Roman faun, and the God Pan.
The Satyr was a male companion of the god of wine and fertility, Dionysus (or Roman Bacchus), with a man’s body, equine features, and a horse’s ears and tail. Early representations depicted horse-like legs but later artwork more commonly featured human legs. The Satyr typically sported a permanent erection.
In ancient Roman religion and myth, Faunus was the horned god of the forest, plains and fields; he was the protector of cattle and influenced cattle fertility. Shepherds and cattlemen honored him through festivals held in his honor, bringing him offerings and celebrating with dancing. Faunus later came to be equated in the Roman pantheon with the Greek god Pan who had always been depicted with horns. He is represented as a man with goat-like features: a goat’s ears, tail, legs and hooves, and horns.
Pan was a Greek pastoral god of shepherds, the god of the wild, nature, and rustic music, companion of the nymphs and is connected to fertility and the season of spring. He has the hindquarters, legs, and horns of a goat, in the same manner as a faun or satyr.
Pan, the satyr and the faun eventually merged into one personage. He plays pipes and is associated with the wilds, groves, wooded glens, and sexuality.
Encounters with Goatman
Doppelgangers in the woods
“I left the Tally Ho about 12:30 AM after having a couple of drinks. I was walking out to the dark end of the parking lot where my car was parked and I was knocked on my ass all of a sudden. All I saw was dark hair and hooves. I thought I got knocked over by a buck or something”, said Cavanagh
“I picked my self up off the ground and I sees somthing coming back out of the tree line again, coming right at me. It’s kind of embarrassing, but I screamed like a little girl and took off running as fast as I could go. I didn’t get ten steps and that god damn thing was on me and took me down and started what I would describe as humping me”, he continued.
“Whats goin through my head at the moment is that I am going to get raped by a buck in heat. I never heard of that shit before. I turned my head around and what I saw scared me more than anything I had ever seen in my life. It was this hairy monster looking dude with horns on his head. I screamed like a whole busload of girls and promptly shat myself. I think the combination of that caused him to take off.”
“I called the cops and they put me in the car for an hour. They told me that they were going to arrest me for being drunk or being on the weed if I didn’t change my story. The county sheriff detective even came down and told me I better forget about this story or else they would find something to throw me in jail for. I kept my mouth shut even though they couldn’t explain the hair and hoof prints in the parking lot”, said Cavanagh.
Real or Hoax?
The widely circulated picture below is Photoshop art!!! It is not a real photograph. It is not from a game cam. You can find the artist and the original on DeviantArt.com, where he clearly says that he used stock photos and created the image for a “Fake Cryptid” contest.
Goatman in the Media
Goatman is enjoying a resurgence in popularity lately, with a number of podcasts available.
- Goatman: Flesh or Folklore? Nathan Couch
- Into the Night with Nixie LaRue: The Legend of the Goat Man, June 4, 2014
- Blurry Photos: Goatman Flesh or Folklore? with J. Nathan Couch, Episode 120, August 13, 2015
- The What Cast: The Goatman, Episode 130, February 3, 2016
- ParaTruth Radio: History of the Goatman: Elusive Cryptid or Devil’s Reject?, January 3, 2016
- Expanded Perspectives: Goatman Flesh or Folklore?, January 11, 2015