Veddahs


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Ved·da

also Ved·dah  (vĕd′ə)
n. pl. Vedda or Ved·das also Veddah or Ved·dahs
A member of the earliest people of Sri Lanka, originally forest-dwelling hunters but now almost completely assimilated into the modern Sinhalese population.

[Sinhalese vädda, perhaps from Middle Indic vajjita-, excluded, from Sanskrit varjita-, past passive participle of varjayati, he avoids, shuns, causative of vṛṇakti, he bends, turns.]
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Previously, the patterns of the facets of superior articular surface have been investigated in many populations such as Europeans (Bunning & Barnett, 1963, 1965), Veddahs (Bunning & Barnett, 1963, 1965), Nigerians (Bunning & Barnett, 1963, 1965), Indians (Padmanabhan, 1986; Gupta et al., 1977; Bunning & Barnett, 1963, 1965), Egyptians (el-Eishi, 1974), Spanish (Forriol Campos & Gomez Pellico, 1989), Turkish (Uygur et al.), and South and North-East Indians (Sharada et al., 2012; Anjaneyulu et al., 2014).
Other minorities include Muslims (both Moors and Malays), at about 7% of the population; Burghers, who are descendants of European colonists, principally from the Netherlands and the United Kingdom (U.K.); and aboriginal Veddahs. Most Sinhalese are Buddhist; most Tamils are Hindu.
Using few words, little evidence, and no examples, Barnes (1896-97/ 1903b) effectively dismisses the cultures of the Australian Bushmen, the Veddahs of India, Sandwich Islanders, several American Indian tribes, the Eskimo, and the ancient Mexicans as she ranks them.