Troglodyte

Wildman of North Africa.

Etymology: Greek troglodytai, "cave man." Scientific name: Homo TROGLODYTES. Behavior: Can outrun a horse. Squeaks like a bat. Eats snakes and lizards.

Distribution: Chad; Libya; Kenya. Possible explanations:

(1) Traditionally associated with the pastoral Tuareg or Teda peoples of North Africa.

(2) The Masai of Kenya live in an area that is more accessible from the Red Sea, which was better known to Greek geographers than the Sahara.

Sources: Herodotus, The Histories, trans. Aubrey de Selincourt (London: Penguin, 1996), p. 274 (iv. 183); Diodorus Siculus, Historical Library, iii. 32; Strabo, Geography, XVI. 776; Photius, Myriobiblon (Geneva, Switzerland: Pauli Stephanus, 1612), chap. 30;

StĂ©phane Gsell, Histoire ancienne de l'Afrique du Nord (Paris: Hachette, 1913-1928), vol. 1, pp. 472- 509; Bernard Heuvelmans, Les bĂȘtes humaines d'Afrique (Paris: Plon, 1980), pp. 142, 167.

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