Group: South Mongolid


Robust Proto Malayid subtype that probably originated in the Tibet/China border region and spread southwards some millennia ago. Named after the northernmost Burmese state Kachin and its inhabitants, where it is common. Also in Karen, across Myanmar, Bhutan, South to the Mergui Archipelago (e.g. Moken), Nicobar Islands, and deep into Indonesia, where it occurs in Batak, Dayak and even Malay. Played a role in the formation of modern Malaids. Has a Nagid subvariety in Naga, Khmu and Lao.

Physical Traits:

Yellowish light to medium brown skin with wavy, sometimes straight hair. Often medium height, mesoskelic, endomorph to mesomorph. Mesocephalic, mildly hypsicranic. Short, lepto- mesorrhine nose. The face is low and angular with a wide, heavy jaw, eyes slanted, relatively often with the Mongolian fold. Chin sturdy.


Defined by Eickstedt (1928, 1934, 1937) during his expeditions in South Asia. Eickstedt (1938-1940) added the Nagid subvariety. In other systems part of Dayakid (Lundman, 1967) / Punanoid (Biasutti, 1967) Or as a tall, robust Proto Malayid (Saller, 1949; Weinert, 1965).

Similar types:

Kham Palaungid
Shanid South Palaungid
Proto Malayid Dayakid
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