Pygmy People


Pygmy People are indigenous tribal rainforest people who are unusually short (adult males are shorter than 150cm).


They are not only found in Africa, but in various countries in South America (Amazon), and South and South East Asia.




The best known pygmies are these of Africa. In Central African rainforest, there are tribes such as Mbuti, Aka and Efe, who live in different groups in countries like Republic of Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon, Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda and others.

Pygmy Women and Children Outside Huts, Central African Republic, Africa
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In Asia, there are pygmies called Negritos, Rampasasa and T'rung in countries like Philippines, Indonesia, Burma, India and southern China (Tibet and Yunnan).

And in Australia, there are short-statured Aboriginal People of Tjapukai tribe, who used to live in the rainforests of tropical north Queensland.

Primitive Huts of Pygmy Village in Forest Near Bagandou, Central African Republic, Africa
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There are various theories about how rainforest environment may have favoured being short, such as UV light conditions, food, and being able to move easily through dense jungles.



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