Group: Indid


Indid subtype, similar to Gracile Indid, mainly found in South-West and Central Sri Lanka. Typical for Sinhalese and related people. This type's main component is the Indid, who migrated to Sri Lanka early and was later modified by admixture of Arabs, Europeans, and Malays, who have been trading with the island for centuries. Further altered by processes of local adaption. Blends with the Karnatid cohabitants and other Indid subtypes are frequent.

Physical Traits:

Brown skin that variety from light to very dark brown, straight or wavy hair. Rather short, brachyskelic, ectomorph. Dolicho-mesocephalic, ortho- hypsicranic. Mildly leptorrhine, triangular nose. Overall soft and gracile, often European looking features.


Eickstedt (1934, 1937) defined the Sinhalesid subtype of Indid after he had studied India and Sri Lanka for three years. It was usually regarded as the result of admixture or part of Gracile Indid (Bernhard, 1983) or Peninsular Indid (Biasutti, 1967).

Similar types:

Keralid Gracile Indid
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