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The Nittaewo conspiracy is rooted in white racism, based on accounts authored by British historians and explorers,[1][2] regarding native people of Sri Lanka. Especially since, ruling British authorities were known for demoralizing native people of the Indian subcontinent as 'monkey men'.

In the factual history of Sri Lanka, there were two warring tribes, the Veddha people and Nittaewo people. They warred constantly with each other, until one day Nittaewo allegedly began taking Veddha children. In response to this outrage, the Veddha chased Nittaewo to a cave where they eventually gathered all of them there together, blocking its entrance, while throwing wood fire into openings so that the Nittaewo eventually died from smoke asphyxiation inside the cave.[3]

Nittaewo were pygmy peoples whose average height was less than 150 cm (4 ft 11 in) tall in adult males,[4] and by some accounts, perhaps even smaller.[5] Nittaewo were bullied, scapegoated, and demoralized by the taller Veddha tribe, which likely reflected in Veddha oral tradition.[3]

British Fiscal officer of Central Province, Sri Lanka, Hugh Nevill, described Nittaewo from a white superior perspective. Rather than recognizing Nittaewo as pygmy peoples, in 1887, Nevill aludes to them as being like that of monkeys, being “approximately three feet (1 metre) tall, females being shorter than the males. They walked erect, had no tails and were completely naked. Their arms were short, with talon-like nails. They lived in trees, caves and crevices and caught and ate small animals such as hare, squirrel and tortoise. They lived in groups of 10 or 20 and their speech was like the twittering of birds.”[1]

Nevill’s 1887 racist exposition was compounded by later explorers like British primatologist W.C. Osman Hill who led an expedition into the Sri Lanka region in 1945, looking for Java Man.

The white racist sentiments carried over into American history academia, as witnessed by the work of Kenneth A. R. Kennedy, God-apes and fossil men: paleoanthropology of South Asia (2000), University of Michigan Press.

references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Nevill Hugh The Nittaewo of Ceylon. The Taprobanian. 1886
  2. Hill, W. C. Osman (1945). Nittaewo, an Unsolved Problem of Ceylon. Colombo: Loris. pp. 4, 251–62.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Rambukwella Captain A.T. The Nittaewo - The Legendary Pygmies of Ceylon. Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Ceylon (1963)
  4. Encyclopædia Britannica: Pygmy Archived 2007-03-28 at the Wayback Machine. Britannica.com. Retrieved on 2011-10-11.
  5. Lewis Frederick Notes on an exploration in Eastern Uva and Southern Panama Pattu. Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Ceylon. 1914
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