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Additional info for A New Human: The Startling Discovery and Strange Story of the "Hobbits" of Flores, Indonesia
Like most other people on Flores, the Manggarai are now overwhelmingly Catholic, but blend Christian beliefs with traditional adat beliefs that place emphasis on ancestral spirits and offerings. The Manggarai say that the ﬁrst people emerged out of the strong, versatile bamboo plants growing on a 32 | a new human newly formed Earth, which, after a great collision, was lifted streaming from the sea that covered the entire world. Back then, Earth, the mother, was connected by a vine to Sky, the father.
Liang Bua must always have been a special place, and for the last 10,000 years the dead have been placed here with ceremony. From that time, local inhabitants have carried out multistaged rituals for disposal of the dead. The bones of the deceased were collected and bundled together, smeared with ochre, adorned with ornaments, such as marine shell necklaces, and cached in the cave. During the Neolithic period, when cereal cultivation, pottery and ground adzes were introduced to Flores about 4,000 years ago, one of the main functions of Liang Bua appears to have been for burial of the dead with grave goods, including pots, tools and ornaments.
As our resident bone expert, he said that the radius was from an adult, but was puzzled by its size and curvature. In fact, it was so unusual that later in Bandung, where we went to get some of the bones identiﬁed, Professor Hisao Baba, an anatomist with the Natural Science Museum in Tokyo, initially thought that the radius might be from an orangutan. Baba ended up taking a cast of the radius back to Japan for more detailed analysis. Only then, with access to a large comparative collection of bones in Tokyo, did he decide that it was deﬁnitely human.