28 Facts About Austronesian peoples


Austronesian peoples, sometimes referred to as Austronesian-speaking peoples, are a large group of peoples in Taiwan, Maritime Southeast Asia, Micronesia, coastal New Guinea, Island Melanesia, Polynesia, and Madagascar that speak Austronesian languages.

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Blumenbach's definition of the Malay race is largely identical to the modern distribution of the Austronesian peoples, including not only Islander Southeast Asians, but the people of Madagascar and the Pacific Islands.

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Austronesian peoples classified the peoples of Austronesia into two groups: the "Malayo-Polynesians" and the "Kelænonesians" .

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Austronesian peoples further subdivided the latter into the "Alfourous", and the "Pelagian or Oceanic Negroes" .

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Austronesian peoples proposed the term as a replacement to "Malayo-Polynesian", because he opposed the implied exclusion of the languages of Melanesia and Micronesia in the latter name.

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Geographic region that encompasses native Austronesian peoples-speaking populations is sometimes referred to as Austronesia.

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Austronesian peoples regions are almost exclusively islands in the Pacific and Indian oceans, with predominantly tropical or subtropical climates with considerable seasonal rainfall.

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Additionally, modern-era migration brought Austronesian peoples-speaking people to the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, mainland Europe, Cocos Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Hong Kong, Macau, and West Asian countries.

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Austronesian peoples include the following groupings by name and geographic location :.

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Broad consensus on the Urheimat of Austronesian languages as well as the Neolithic early Austronesian peoples is accepted to be Taiwan, as well as the Penghu Islands.

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The Austronesian peoples expansion did occur in the Malay Peninsula at roughly 3000 years ago with the supports of fossil indication.

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Sino-Austronesian peoples hypothesis, on the other hand, is a relatively new hypothesis by Laurent Sagart, first proposed in 1990.

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The early Austronesian peoples considered the sea as the basic feature of their life.

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Austronesian peoples groups continue to be the primary users of the outrigger canoes today.

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Early contact with Arab ships in the Indian Ocean during Austronesian peoples voyages is believed to have resulted in the development of the triangular lateen sail.

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Austronesian peoples architecture is a vernacular highly diverse, often with striking designs; but they all share certain characteristics that indicate a common origin.

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Furthermore, elements of Austronesian peoples structures are often referred to in terminologies used for boats and sailing.

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Outside of Taiwan, assemblages of red-slipped pottery, plainware, and incised and stamped pottery associated with the Austronesian peoples migrations are first documented from around 2000 to 1800 BCE in the northern Philippines, from sites in the Batanes Islands and the Cagayan Valley of Northern Luzon.

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The sites specifically associated with the Austronesian peoples expansion contain examples of indigenous pictograms and petroglyphs.

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Austronesian peoples Painting Traditions are the most common types of rock art in Island Southeast Asia.

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Body art among Austronesian peoples is common, especially elaborate tattooing which is one of the most well-known pan-Austronesian traditions.

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Religious traditions of the Austronesian peoples people focus mostly on ancestral spirits, nature spirits and gods.

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Austronesian peoples brought the tablets to the world's attention and instructed the Rapa Nui mission to gather more information about them.

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In Southeast Asia, the first true writing systems of pre-modern Austronesian peoples cultures were all derived from the Grantha and Pallava Brahmic scripts, all of which are abugidas from South India.

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The oldest use of abugida scripts in Austronesian peoples cultures are 4th century stone inscriptions written in Cham script from Vietnam.

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An important breakthrough in studies in Austronesian peoples genetics was the identification of the "Polynesian motif" in 1989, a specific nine-base-pair deletion mutation in mtDNA.

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Austronesian peoples-speaking regions have high to moderate frequencies of Haplogroup O1 of the Y-DNA indicating shared paternal ancestry, with the exception of Polynesia where the Papuan-derived Haplogroup C2a1 predominates .

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Austronesian peoples's scientists surmised that this was due to the shared Austronesian genetic heritage being incorrectly identified as Filipino ancestry.

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