By D G E Hall (auth.)
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Additional resources for A History of South-East Asia
South-East Asia today is an anthropologist's paradise. In its mountains and jungles live the remnants of a great variety of peoples representing early stages of its ethnological history: pigmy Negritos living as primitive nomads, peoples akin to the Australian aborigines, and others that would appear to be Indonesians in more backward stages of development. There has obviously been a great deal of intermixture between the earlier inhabitants and later comers. The whole area, indeed, has been described as a chaos of races and languages.
Other early place-names applied in ~he Riimiiyana to parts of SouthEast Asia were Suvarnadvipa, Golden Island or Peninsula, and Suvarnabhumi, Land of Gold. The Buddhist Jiitakas, or birth-stories of the Buddha, which enshrine folk tales of early India, often tell of voyages to Suvarnabhumi. The name also appears in other texts, together with a few other names applied by Indians to places in SouthEast Asia; but the only information to be drawn from all these references put together is that in India there was a vague idea of an eldorado eastwards across the ocean.
One of his conquests has been identified with Ptolemy's Kattigara, which Paul Levy places in Cochin China.
A History of South-East Asia by D G E Hall (auth.)