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What is a good derogatory term for a neanderthal-like people?

Discussion in 'World Building' started by Dina, Jun 26, 2019.

  1. Dina

    Dina Dreamer

    There is a race of nomads called the Antari in my world. They are ritually hunted by the Anurans, the Roman-esque power of the world, in a ritual practice called the Fleshing. In my readings of historical texts, it's never beneath a group of people to label the "ethnically inferior" group with various terms of spite. Anyone have any suggestions?

    Some information on the Antari:
    They are nomadic and primitive, living in small isolated clans. They worship Tari, the one the Anurans consider the Devil. During the Fleshing, an Antari clan is shackled and thrown into Arissi, a chasm the Anurans believe to be the entrance to Hell.
    The Antari are large, scaling seven feet tall, and are in possession of long, gangling limbs. Their bones are thicker, their skulls and bodies broader than a normal human's. (Think human ancestors.)
    They are physically, but not mentally, different from a normal human.
    There are only a handful of them living on the human continent, and most, if not all, have made their livings as mercenaries. (It's difficult to be accepted anywhere outside the battlefield.)
    They are viewed as unintelligent beasts. People are often surprised that they are so graceful.
  2. pmmg

    pmmg Auror

    Tari worshippers would seem to be sufficient.
  3. Miles Lacey

    Miles Lacey Inkling

    Gorillas, apes, degenerates, bog scum, animals, Tari's lackeys, throwbacks (assuming humans evolved in your world)...
  4. Futhark

    Futhark Inkling

    Derogatory terms are often used to dehumanise in order to justify their poor treatment, not just for spite. This usually takes the form of pointing out physical differences or their state of civilisation. I believe it was the Greeks who labelled any non Greek speaking people as barbarians (correct me if incorrect). So I would go for ‘knuckle dragging savages’ or ‘barefoot bandits’, something like that.
  5. TheKillerBs

    TheKillerBs Inkling

    They did but the reason we use barbarian as we do is because the Greeks used it to label non-Greek speakers, not because the Greeks thought that of all non-Greek speakers. Barbarian basically means "someone who speaks gibberish" and was used in a non-perjorative sense to refer to non-Greeks until the Greco-Persian wars. Also, barbarian is the etymological root of the word "Berber".
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  6. Gray-Hand

    Gray-Hand Minstrel

    What is something that they do that the Anurans consider despicable, or worthy of scorn that distinguishes them from the Anurans?

    Do they wear their hair in a stupid way?
    Do they have ritual scars or tattoos or a particular style of dress that is different to Anurans?
    Do they ride cows instead of horses?
    Do they eat a particular type of disgusting food?
    Is there a particular part of their religious worship that is a bit silly or weird?

    Play on that.

    Why are they called Antari?
  7. Gotis

    Gotis Scribe

    The Earth's Children series uses the term flathead for neanderthals.
  8. If they had once been of greater number, and Antari is the common name for their race, they might simply have been referred to as Ants, which makes for a quick mental picture for readers as to how they are viewed by the Anurans. Maybe that's too on the nose but I think it might be easier to accept a shortened name that happens to correspond with something small and irrelevant, (though fascinating) in our world instead of a term like, say, barbarian which may have no direct reference in your world but does in our own (though, of course, you may create one to fit!).
  9. Dina

    Dina Dreamer

    Oh, that's actually...kinda clever. Thanks. I like that a lot.

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