Andamanese

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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Andamanese

 

the indigenous population of the Andaman Islands. Exact number unknown; according to some data, several hundred. They speak Andamanese languages.

The Andamanese are dwarfs (average height of men, 148 cm; of women, 138 cm). They belong to the Negritoid anthropological type. According to Indian census data of 1931, there are two surviving groups of tribes (the Jarawa and the Onge), which are divided into exogamous groups. The occupations of the Andamanese are hunting, foraging, and fishing. The religion of the Andamanese is characterized by worship of spirits of nature.

REFERENCES

Mochamed, C. M. “Andaman and Nicobar on the March.” March of India, 1958, nos. 4–5.

N. R. GUSEVA

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