Small Hom ¡nid of East Africa.
Etymology: Swahili (Bantu), "small." Similar to the ancient Egyptian Dongo; see Pygmy (Classical). In some places, it has the meaning "ignorant or stupid."
Physical description: Height, 4 feet. Olivebronze skin. Straight head-hair. Flat nose. Small eyes. Thick lips.
Behavior: Eats fruit, roots, mice, snakes, ants, and honey. Worships a superior being called Yer. Taken as a slave by neighboring tribes. Distribution: East of Lake Turkana, Kenya. Present status: Possibly corresponds with one of the Kenyan cryptids, designated as hominid X5, described by Jacqueline Roumeguère-Eber-hardt in 1990.
Sources: William Cornwallis Harris, The Highlands of Ethiopia (London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1844), vol. 3, pp. 63-66; Ludwig Krapf, Travels, Researches and Missionary Labours, during an Eighteen Years' Residence in Eastern Africa (London: Trubner, 1860), pp. 171-172, 302; Jacqueline Roumeguère-Eberhardt, Les hominidés non-identifiés des forêts d'Afrique: Dossier X (Paris: Robert Laffont, 1990).
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