>In a message dated 10/28/4 7:26:24 PM, Alan Kellogg wrote:
><<Not quite. According to those who are studying the orang pendak it's
>appearance is more that of an orang utang with an upright posture.
>They are also around 5 feet tall according to the accounts. H.
>Floresiensis only got to about 3 feet in height. The orang pendak is
>also not known to be a tool maker or fire user.
>This doesn't jibe with the many stories I've heard about the _orang pendek_
>(not "pendak"). The account of their height varies, but they're usually
>described as much more human-like than orangutans -- notably, in
>many cases, as
>having a full head of long hair. It's true that I've never heard of
>fire, but there are stories where they throw darts. I suspect you're
>a particular local tradition.
Could be. Then again, Indonesia is home to many peoples, with many
tales and legends. The archipelago was also home to modern humans
long before the modern Indonesian came along, so the local stories of
little people etc. may well come from stories of encounters by the
early immigrants with the aborigines. Puzzling out the facts from a
maze of tales can get frustrating.