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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 2284 Laird Scranton 14-Sep-18 17:33
Re: Commonalities of pygmy and fairy traditions with the Maori 329 RN Vooght 15-Sep-18 08:52
Re: Commonalities of pygmy and fairy traditions with the Maori 328 Laird Scranton 15-Sep-18 13:08
Re: Commonalities of pygmy and fairy traditions with the Maori 311 RN Vooght 16-Sep-18 10:51
Re: Commonalities of pygmy and fairy traditions with the Maori 317 Lobsang 17-Sep-18 01:45
Re: Commonalities of pygmy and fairy traditions with the Maori 338 Laird Scranton 17-Sep-18 04:32
Re: Commonalities of pygmy and fairy traditions with the Maori 306 Dr Greenthumb 11-Oct-18 10:25
Re: Commonalities of pygmy and fairy traditions with the Maori 298 Laird Scranton 11-Oct-18 15:24
Re: Commonalities of pygmy and fairy traditions with the Maori 316 Itatw70s 12-Oct-18 14:52
Re: Commonalities of pygmy and fairy traditions with the Maori 261 Laird Scranton 14-Oct-18 15:20
Re: Commonalities of pygmy and fairy traditions with the Maori 272 Itatw70s 16-Oct-18 15:26
Re: Commonalities of pygmy and fairy traditions with the Maori 374 michael seabrook 23-Oct-18 19:29


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