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Review ANNALS OF THE NÁPRSTEK MUSEUM 38/1 • 2017 • (pp. 123–124)DOI. 10.1515/anpm–2017–0023REVIEWLinda Hroníková – Zuzana Schierová et al.Pygmejové. Nejmenší lidé pohledem antropologie & Šebestova sbírka v Hrdličkověmuzeu člověka PřF UK.Praha, 2015.The term “Pygmies” is generally used for any population of an average height of lessthan 150 cm. Such populations may be found in many countries; a vast majority residein Africa and Asia. Many of them are not genetically linked to each other, so the term“Pygmy” simply refers to the external appearance of the populations’ members. It isthen no surprise that the name is non-native to any of these ethnic groups, and wasascribed to them by the Europeans. The publication edited by Hroníková and Schierováexplains why the term is, despite its lack of academic validity, still in use, and proceedsto look closer at the most renowned bearers of this name – the Central African Pygmies.The description on the cover promises the reader a comprehensive overview of variousaspects of their way of life including subsistence, rituals, mutilations, mythology,dances or music, as well as the perspectives of evolutionary biology and physicalanthropology.In addition to this, the description promises not only the “traditional” way of living,as described by P. J. Schebesta in the first http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Annals of the Náprstek Museum de Gruyter

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de Gruyter
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© 2017 Gabriela Jungová, published by De Gruyter Open
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ANNALS OF THE NÁPRSTEK MUSEUM 38/1 • 2017 • (pp. 123–124)DOI. 10.1515/anpm–2017–0023REVIEWLinda Hroníková – Zuzana Schierová et al.Pygmejové. Nejmenší lidé pohledem antropologie & Šebestova sbírka v Hrdličkověmuzeu člověka PřF UK.Praha, 2015.The term “Pygmies” is generally used for any population of an average height of lessthan 150 cm. Such populations may be found in many countries; a vast majority residein Africa and Asia. Many of them are not genetically linked to each other, so the term“Pygmy” simply refers to the external appearance of the populations’ members. It isthen no surprise that the name is non-native to any of these ethnic groups, and wasascribed to them by the Europeans. The publication edited by Hroníková and Schierováexplains why the term is, despite its lack of academic validity, still in use, and proceedsto look closer at the most renowned bearers of this name – the Central African Pygmies.The description on the cover promises the reader a comprehensive overview of variousaspects of their way of life including subsistence, rituals, mutilations, mythology,dances or music, as well as the perspectives of evolutionary biology and physicalanthropology.In addition to this, the description promises not only the “traditional” way of living,as described by P. J. Schebesta in the first

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Annals of the Náprstek Museumde Gruyter

Published: Jun 1, 2017

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