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Always Chaotic Evil
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paka From: paka Date: June 22nd, 2012 03:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
What's interesting here is that the Maori already had elves who looked a lot like Europeans (patupaierehe) - I'm not entirely sure the "colorless" name came from these elf dudes or whether it's an independent thing. So they certainly didn't look at the weird pale people and go EWW ITS HIDEOUSLY UGLY AND EVIL, but I kinda think they're an exception rather than the rule. I mean, east Asian descriptions of westerners sort of make us the evil weird goblin bad guys in places.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: June 22nd, 2012 10:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

I think it's interesting to compare descriptions of elves, dwarves, fey, and other mystical beings from different cultures. There are lots of good ideas in there.
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