Brachystomos

Wiidm an of East Africa.

Etymology: Greek, "narrow mouth." Physical description: Narrow throat. Behavior: Drinks with the aid of straws. Distribution: East Africa. Possible explanation: Bernard Heuvelmans suggests that this description is based on the distortion of the lips as practiced by the Luba-Kasai people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Kyabé of Chad.

Sources: Pomponius Mela, De chorographia, III. 9; Bernard Heuvelmans, Les bĂȘtes humaines d'Afrique (Paris: Plon, 1980), pp. 152-153, 163.

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