By Virginia Matheson Hooker
In instruction for a visit to Malaysia, this helped me comprehend the heritage and present outlook and matters. probably not a enjoyable learn, however it appears well-written and valuable to figuring out the rustic. yet i am not knowledgeable.
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It is possible to see a set of shared beliefs common to the religious systems of many of the groups indigenous to the Malaysian territories. Among these is the understanding that all matter has its own spiritual essence and that well-being and harmony results from their correct matching whereas misfortune and disaster result from their mismatching or separation. The general term for this system is animism and the specialists who can deal with the spiritual powers of the non-material world are generally termed shamans.
All the vessels so far discovered dating from the prehistoric and early historic periods (up to about 6th century CE) have been of Southeast Asian construction, providing very strong evidence that maritime transport was in local (that is, Austronesian) hands. The networks were even more extensive because many of the items originating in the Malaysian territories were destined for delivery to markets in China, India, the Middle East and from there, ultimately, to the Mediterranean and Europe. Centres, such as those in the Klang region (see map 1, page xv), used local shipping networks to bring in luxury items from the northern ports and items from Indian centres (to the West), and then circulated these items into the local systems in return for exportable items.
Srivijaya was, in fact, merely one of a number of commercial centres in the Malaysian territories that were visited by foreign merchants in the first millennium CE. Another port which was well-known to international traders as a major entrepôt was in Kedah, a kingdom at the northern end of the Straits. It flourished for several centuries but then lost some of its influence to competitors. The reputation of Srivijaya, in southeastern Sumatra at the other end of the Straits, outstripped that of Kedah and other successful ports.
A Short History of Malaysia: Linking East and West by Virginia Matheson Hooker