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August Derleth first mentioned the Tcho-Tcho tribe (of Burma) in The Thing That Walked On The Wind.

Who are they?Edit

A race of Asiatic peoples most common to southeast Asia, though they sometimes range as far as Tibet and Malaysia. They are small both in stature and in population - few of them are taller than five feet, and there are believed to be fewer than half a million worldwide. Some sources suggest they are "hairless", though this doesn't seem to be the case.

It is said that the Tcho-Tcho aren't even fully human - old myths have it that they were created by malign gods who interbred a race of evil dwarves called the Miri Nigri with the human worshippers of the god Chaugnar Faugn. It is also said that the Tcho-Tcho are just visitors to our world - they claim that their true home is at a place called Leng. It has been suggested that they are the earth-bound forms of the Men of Leng - though whether they originate on earth or in the Dreamlands would be debatable.

There are very few Tcho-Tcho living in Western nations. Only a few thousand live in the United States, and they tend to work hard to blend in with American society - practices like the filing of teeth are left behind in the interest of becoming productive American citizens. However, other practices seem to be more difficult to abandon; three Tcho-Tcho residents - one of them a restaurateur - were arrested and deported in New York City in 1997 for preparing and serving Bak Bon Dzshow...

What are their methods?Edit

The Tcho-Tcho are widely hated by their neighbors, primarily because the tribe enthusiastically practices cannibalism - one of the more gruesome Tcho-Tcho delicacies is called Bak Bon Dzshow - roughly translated: human ganglia paste. The Tcho-Tcho customarily file their teeth into points and raid neighboring tribes for food. It is also believed that the Tcho-Tcho practice black magic, and in parts of southeast Asia, any episodes of bad luck are routinely blamed on the Tcho-Tcho.

What are their beliefs?Edit

The Tcho-Tcho seem to follow a pantheon of different gods, though Chaugnar Faugn, Shub-Niggurath and Hastur seem to be the most popular. They don't seem to have any particular agenda collectively beyond survival of their families and society, though individuals might have. In particular, it seems that men are favoured over women, the latter being harshly treated and used almost exclusively as breeders.

They are apparently ruled over by the 'Tcho-Tcho Lama of Leng' who may be identical to the last Elder One.

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