Language previously unknown to linguists discovered in Southeast Asia

via Science Direct, 06 February 2018:

A language previously unknown to linguists — dubbed Jedek — has been found in the Malay Peninsula, researchers from Sweden report. The community in which Jedek is spoken is more gender-equal than Western societies, there is almost no interpersonal violence, they consciously encourage their children not to compete, and there are no laws or courts, according to the researchers.

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Among the oldest inhabitants of Malaysia

The New Straits Times has a feature on the Orang Batek, one of the Orang Asli, or Malaysian aborigines belonging to the Negrito subdivision. Recent genetic studies indicate that the negritos could have inhabited the Malayan Peninsula as early as 60,000 years ago.

Simple life of the Negritos
New Straits Times, 21 April 2010
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Wednesday Rojak #65 – The Malaysian edition

We’ve got a lot a stories from Malaysia in this week’s edition of Rojak – from the World Heritage Sites of Malacca and Georgetown, to the fates of some of the orang asli (aborigines) and the aftermath of the culture theft incident.

photo credit: a.r.hilmi
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Wednesday Rojak #51: Churches, Temples and Circular Earthworks

This week in Rojak we feature churches in the Philippines, temples in Java and get a bird’s eye view of some circular earthworks in Cambodia.
Orang Asli bei der Zubereitung einer Durian
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Wednesday Rojak #23

Missing last week’s edition of rojak means that I’m back this week with a a double load of links. A lot of goodies from the web this time round covering music, history, silversmithing and Khmer boats!

photo credit: Rosino

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Orang Asli museum gets $4 million boost

Orang Asli (‘original people’) refer to the small aborginal population who live in the hinterland of Malaysia. In Peninsular Malaysia, the three main groups of Orang Asli are the proto-Malays, the Semang (negritos) and the Senoi. They represent a very small part of the population, and the development of Malaysia in the last few decades have led to the encroachment of land in their grounds.

Govt allocates RM4m for orang asli museum
The Star, 20 Feb 2008
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