Posted by: lrrp | December 23, 2014

Nittaewo, the Dagger clawed people of Sri Lanka

Stranger times

Homme-sauvage-2From Sri Lanka’s little known past of folklore and jungle tales comes a story of hairy bodied, short and dagger clawed people known to many as Nittaewo, but did the country being an island nurture a different type of hominid, who lived parallel with the Veddas in the jungles of the East?

Although some claims that Nittaewo is confusion with a species of monkey or sloth bear, others are convinced that they must have been an early species of hominids or ape-men in and around

Mahalenama, of the Eastern Province. However in the absence of skeletal remains, the Nittaewo continues to be one of the great mysteries associated with Eastern Sri Lanka.

During the first century AD, Pliny the Elder mentioned the existence of a ‘beast-men’ in Ceylon. But the mystery surrounding their identity appeared to be solved in 400 AD, when one Bishop Palladius described a race of primitive…

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