THE PEOPLE OF ASIA
The Tamil are a population of India and Sri Lanka.
The most diffused religion among these people is Buddhism. They were
navigators, farmers and merchants. The women have a very elevated
position in comparison to Hindu women, and the ownership of goods is
common to all.
The Samoyedic people are a population of Siberia
that includes numerous ethnicities and which today are to a large
extent extinct; their features are very particular: the skull is
wide and their stature is very low. They have a clear, brown
complexion with some reddish tinges. Their body is very hairy, with
a low face, narrow nose, and small eyes. The economy of the
Samoyedic people is based on hunting, fishing and the rearing of
reindeer. Initially their homes were simple huts built partly below
the ground. Later they lived in large tents covered in hides. They
invented skis, snow rackets and the sledge. Their winter dress
includes two long overlapping jackets, one with fur on the inside
and the other with it on the outside. Today the Samoyedic people
have become sedentary and dedicate themselves to the rearing of
furry animals, reindeers and horses.
The Singhalese are an ethnic people that live in Sri
Lanka. Their life is based on agriculture, fishing and commerce.
Their religion is Buddhism.
The Tatars are a population of Asian origin. They
were Mongol shepherds and lived in wooden houses in nomadic camps.
Their clothes, both for men and for women, consisted in large
trousers and a long tunic. The women wore a hemispherical skullcap
tied under their chin. They were great workers of skins, metals and
leather. The families were patriarchal and the woman had to live in
their own corner of the tent. Their skin is brown and they have
fair, almost reddish, hair. Their eyes tend towards blue.
The Tungusic people are a population that lives in
Siberia and in China. They are of average height, with short legs
and arms in comparison to their broad chest. Their heads are large
with wide cheekbones. Their skin has a yellowish hue and they have
smooth, dark hair. Their traditions have particular characteristics
such as the bear cult, or the exposure of corpses on biers. Their
sledges on skates pulled by reindeers are characteristic, as are
their clothes made of skins and their oval snow skates.
The Tajik are a population of Turkistan that
occupies a large part of Afghanistan. They are shepherds and farmers
of nomadic origin. The families are patriarchal. Power is in the
hands of the elders and the head of the village is elected by the
heads of the families. Their villages are made up of huts built with
stones and mud. The Tajik live here only in winter, while in summer
they use tents.