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Little Red Men

[cf. RED of European com­plexion] n. mythical creatures said to inhabit the island of Andros: 1966 The Little Red Men are about two feet high, have three fingers on each hand, and are "bright" or light-skinned. They wear long beards and black velvet waist­coats, but no trousers. They protect animals and try to keep humans out of the Andros interior and other isolated areas. They are said to come to the aid of birds or animals wounded by hunters. To show friendship and good will, Out Islanders hold up three fingers over their heads while walking through the high bush (Crowley 18).

Tags: Andros, folktales, noun

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Last update: 2011-06-04 17:23
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.1

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