Singaporean Semang

Singaporean Semang

This young Semang girl hails from the Southeast Asian island of Singapore sometime in its ancient past. The Semang are a “Negrito” people native to the jungles of peninsular Malaysia. They most probably represent the region’s aboriginal inhabitants before the coming of the Malays and other “Mongoloid” Southeast Asians, and I’m confident some of them would have crossed the Straits of Johor to colonize Singapore in very early times. 
Nowadays, most of Singapore’s resident population is made up of Chinese, Indian, and Malay people (along with expats from all over the world), but who knows what remains to be found deep in the island’s surviving jungles?

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