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"Maori oral traditions speak of spirits or fairy folk living in parts of New Zealand when they arrived. They are known by various names, but most commonly as Patupaiarehe and Turehu".
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"In Māori mythology, Patupaiarehe are pale spirit beings that live in deep forests and on mountaintops in New Zealand, and are sometimes hostile to humans. Ethereal flute music and singing sometimes reveals their presence."
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The earliest people in South East Asia looked like African pygmies. A common term for them is "Negritos". They are found in Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Phlippines, and Australia. The "Negrito" people are called "Semang" in Malaysia, "Aetas" in the Phillipines, and "Barrineans" in Australia.
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But the Negritos are not known to have reached New Zealand. They are hardly pale either.

The other alternative is Homo floresiensis (Flores Man or the Hobbit). [en.wikipedia.org]

Some people think that Flores man is the same as the "Orang Pendek" (lit. Short person) of Indonesian myth.
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The term for "fairy" in the Malay language is "Orang Bunian"..

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Commonalities of pygmy and fairy traditions with the Maori 2765 Laird Scranton 14-Sep-18 17:33
Re: Commonalities of pygmy and fairy traditions with the Maori 397 RN Vooght 15-Sep-18 08:52
Re: Commonalities of pygmy and fairy traditions with the Maori 395 Laird Scranton 15-Sep-18 13:08
Re: Commonalities of pygmy and fairy traditions with the Maori 370 RN Vooght 16-Sep-18 10:51
Re: Commonalities of pygmy and fairy traditions with the Maori 382 Lobsang 17-Sep-18 01:45
Re: Commonalities of pygmy and fairy traditions with the Maori 604 Laird Scranton 17-Sep-18 04:32
Re: Commonalities of pygmy and fairy traditions with the Maori 372 Dr Greenthumb 11-Oct-18 10:25
Re: Commonalities of pygmy and fairy traditions with the Maori 360 Laird Scranton 11-Oct-18 15:24
Re: Commonalities of pygmy and fairy traditions with the Maori 373 Itatw70s 12-Oct-18 14:52
Re: Commonalities of pygmy and fairy traditions with the Maori 318 Laird Scranton 14-Oct-18 15:20
Re: Commonalities of pygmy and fairy traditions with the Maori 327 Itatw70s 16-Oct-18 15:26
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