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  • Origin of the Tai People Volume 7

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    Tai Folklore and Spirit Belief System

    Origin of the Tai People 7―Tai Folklore and Spirit Belief System describes the wide field of oral traditions and the complex ritual belief system of the ethnic Tai people.

    Spirit worship is as old as mankind itself and among the Tai people the phenomenon goes back to the ancient days when the first Tai-Kadai speakers originated in the area of modern southern China, from where they migrated to all parts of mainland Southeast Asia and as far as Assam province of India.

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  • Origin of the Tai People 5―Cradle of the Tai People and the Ethnic Setup Today

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    Origin of the Tai People 5―Cradle of the Tai People and the Ethnic Setup Today deals with the early homeland (or ‘Urheimat’) of the Tai people and the contemporary ethnic makeup of the area. New evidence emerged across various academic disciplines that the people who spoke Tai-Kadai languages at the time in history when the first Han Chinese moved southwards across the Yangtze River never spread across the vast southern Chinese region but were concentrated in the more concluded (and mountainous) area of modern provinces of Guangxi, Guizhou, Guangdong and Hunan of southern China as well as the adjoining modern provinces Ha Giang, Cao Bang Lang Son and Quang Ninh of Northeast Vietnam, even extending into the Red River Valley as we now know.

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  • Origin of the Tai People 4―Ethnic Descent of the Tai-Kadai People

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    Origin of the Tai People 4―Ethnic Descent of the Tai-Kadai People describes the latest academic hypothesis on the ancient forefathers of the Tai people. Those ancient forebears, named pre-Austronesians, migrated from the area of the mid-Huang He Valley (or mid-Yellow River Valley) of modern northeastern China southward into the Yangtze River Delta of eastern China, and followed the coastal route to the Fujian coast of southeastern China.

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  • Elephants in Thailand 3 – White Elephants in Thailand and Neighboring Countries

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    The elephant is the national symbol of Thailand. Yet, despite its close association with the people of the country over the centuries and the many services it has rendered to the kings and ordinary men, its very future survival hangs in the balance.

    This third volume, Elephants in Thailand – White Elephants in Thailand and Neighboring Countries, defines the “white elephant”, recounts the myths about white elephants in ancient Indian lore (the Jatakas) and their transmission to Southeast Asia, presents reports of early Western travelers on the white elephant stables in Siam and Burma, and finally gives an account of the royal white elephants in contemporary Thailand. The text is complemented by 110 illustrations.

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  • Ethnic Groups of Cambodia 3 – Profile of Austro-Thai and Sinitic-Speaking Peoples

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    Ethnic Groups of Cambodia – Profile of Austro-Thai and Sinitic-Speaking Peoples is the final volume of a comprehensive three-volume work that provides a detailed account of the ethnic groups of Cambodia. All three volumes are lavishly illustrated in color and contain relevant references.

    This volume presents each of the three Austronesian- and 10 Tai-speaking groups as well as the Chinese people. For each group there is an outline history and descriptions of costumes, crafts, housing, agriculture, society, economy and beliefs. The daily life of these people is revealed in 97 color illustrations. Further, this volume provides a comprehensive bibliography on ethnic matters that is relevant to all three volumes.

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  • Ethnic Groups of Laos 4 – Sino-Tibetan-Speaking Peoples

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    Ethnic Groups of Laos – Sino-Tibetan-Speaking Peoples deals with each of the 10 Tibeto-Burman-speaking as well as one Sinitic-speaking group, clarified by 127 color pictures. An ample bibliography is attached for further reading.

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  • Ethnic Groups of Laos 3 – Profile of Austro-Thai-Speaking Peoples

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    Ethnic Groups of Laos – Profile of Austro-Thai-Speaking Peoples represents each of the 39 Tai-speaking as well as the two Miao-Yao-speaking and the single Austronesian-speaking groups in Laos, with 210 color illustrations. History, costumes and crafts, design of houses and villages, agricultural economy, society and religious practices of each individual group are described.

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  • Elephants in Thailand 2 – Through the Ages

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    The elephant is the national symbol of Thailand. Yet, despite its close association with the people of the country over the centuries and the many services it has rendered to the kings and ordinary men, its very future survival hangs in the balance.

    This second volume Elephants in Thailand – Through the Ages, portrays the association between elephant and man since the dawn of history and the importance of elephants in Thai history. It describes the deep roots of the elephant in mythology, describes the important position of the elephant at court, especially as battle elephant, and provides much information about the employment and usefulness of elephants in daily life in Siam. The text is supported by 90 illustrations, largely from antiquarian sources.

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  • Ethnic Groups of Cambodia 2 – Profile of Austro-Asiatic-Speaking Peoples

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    Ethnic Groups of Cambodia – Profile of Austro-Asiatic-Speaking Peoples is the second of a comprehensive three-volume work that provides a detailed account of the ethnic groups of Cambodia.

    All three volumes are lavishly illustrated in color and contain relevant references. The present volume provides individual sketches of each of the 23 Mon-Khmer-speaking groups. These include historical background and descriptions of costumes, crafts, house and village designs, agriculture and economy, society and religion. There are fascinating glimpses of remote and rarely seen ethnic groups and descriptions of rapidly disappearing traditions. Ninety-seven color illustrations provide portraits of these groups.

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  • Ethnic Groups of Laos 2 – Profile of Austro-Asiatic-Speaking Peoples

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    Ethnic Groups of Laos – Profile of Austro-Asiatic-Speaking Peoples outlines the 41 Mon-Khmer-speaking groups of Laos who belong to the Austro-Asiatic language family. This volume describes the history, costumes and crafts, design of houses and villages, agricultural economy, society and religious practices of each individual group. The text is supported by 195 color illustrations.

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  • Tai Groups of Thailand 2 – Profile of the Existing Groups

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    Tai Groups of Thailand – Profile of the Existing Groups sketches each of the 30 Tai-speaking groups residing in Thailand: the Thai people of central Thailand, the numerous Lao Isan people of northeastern Thailand, the well-known Lao, Lue, Yuan and Tai Yai of northern Thailand; it also describes the lesser known and smaller groups (Kaleung, Khorat Tai, Lao Ga, Lao Krang, Lao Lorn or Tai Dan, Lao N gaew, Lao Song, Lao Ti, Lao Wieng, Phuan, Phu Tai, Seak, Southern Thai, Tai Bueng, Tai Dam, Tai Gapong, Tai Khoen, Tai Mao, Tai Wang, Tai Ya, Tai Yong, Tai Yor, Tak Bai Thai, Yoy) which are distributed throughout the length and breadth of Thailand.

    The groups are presented with their domestic history, costumes and crafts, design of houses and villages, activities in agriculture and economy, society and religion of each of the 30 individual Tai groups, supported by 115 color illustrations.

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  • Hill Tribes of Vietnam 2 – Profile of the Existing Hill Tribe Groups

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    Hill Tribes of Vietnam – Profile of the Existing Hill Tribe Groups deals with the tribal customs and habits of all 50 mountain peoples living in Vietnam. This volume describes the history, costumes and crafts, design of houses and villages, agricultural activities and the economy, society and religious practices of each individual group. The variety of their traditions is shown in 229 illustrations.

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  • Elephants in Thailand 1 – Mahouts and Their Cultures Today

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    The elephant is the national symbol of Thailand. Yet, despite its close association with the people of the country over the centuries and the many services it has rendered to the kings and ordinary men, its very future survival hangs in the balance.

    This first volume, Elephants in Thailand – Mahouts and their Cultures Today, describes in detail the various ethnic groups, such as the Central Thai, Southern Thai, Yuan, Tai Yai, Tai Lue, Tai Yong, Tai Khoen, Lao Isan, Khorat Thai, Phuan, Kui, Mon, Khamu, Mpi, Lawa and Karen, and their specific elephant traditions, some extinct but most still alive. One-hundred-and-eighteen images show the daily life of the elephant today. This volume also provides a bibliography about literature concerning elephants.

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  • Ethnic Groups of Cambodia 1 – Introduction and Overview

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    Ethnic Groups of Cambodia – Introduction and Overview is the first of a comprehensive three-volume work that provides a detailed account of the ethnic groups of Cambodia. All three volumes are lavishly illustrated in color and contain relevant references.

    The present volume looks first at the effect of historic events in Southeast Asia on ethnic distribution in Cambodia today. It then presents an overview of these ethnic groups and their linguistic classifications, cultures and traditions and geographic locations. The book also provides detailed population statistics from French colonial times to the latest Population Census of 2008.The text is supported by 91 color illustrations.

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  • Ethnic Groups of Laos 1 – Introduction and Overview

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    Ethnic Groups of Laos – Introduction and Overview contains reports of early French encounters with ethnic groups as well as more recent studies by professional anthropologists and linguists.
    The development of national classifications of ethnic groups by the Lao government is presented up to the latest census of 1995. All major ethnic groups are listed according to their languages. Finally, a short introduction to the history of the region as well as an overview about the environment, agricultural economy, customs and practices of the diverse ethnic composition is outlined. Their traditions and customs are portrayed by 169 color illustrations.

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  • Tai Groups of Thailand 1 – Introduction and Overview

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    Tai Groups of Thailand – Introduction and Overview describes the early events of Southeast Asia and today’s territory of Thailand before the coming of the Tai, presents the history after their arrival, informs about the hypothesis of the origin of the Tai race and shows the development of the ethnic Tai people in the context of the many distinct Tai groups and their kingdoms, states and principalities in Asia in general and in Thailand in particular.

    Linguistic development and classification of the Tai language, its branches and dialects, is explained as well as the description of the central Thai language. Finally, Tai agriculture and food, Tai handicrafts, Tai architecture and Tai religion are highlighted. Their way of living is clarified with 163 color illustrations and an extensive bibliography for further reading.

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  • Ethnic Groups of Thailand – Non-Tai-Speaking Peoples

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    Ethnic Groups of Thailand – Non-Tai-Speaking Peoples describes 38 non-Tai peoples residing in Thailand; the well known mountain dwelling so-called hill tribes (Akha, Hmong, Htin, Khamu, Lahu, Lawa, Lisu, Mien, Pwo Karen, Sgaw Karen); the lesser known northern peoples (Bisu, Blang, Haw, Kachin, Kayah, Kayaw, Kha Hor, Lamet, Mlabri, Mpi, Padong, Palaung, Pa-0, Parauk, Samtao); and those of northeastern and central lowlands (Bru, Cham, Chao bon, Chong, Gong, Kaleung, Kui, Mon, Seak, So, Thavung). Lastly, the Semang and Sea Gypsies of southern Thailand and the Andarnan Sea.

    These various ethnic groups are here classified by their language family and a description given of each ones history, costume and crafts, houses and villages, agriculture and economy, society, ceremonies, myths and beliefs.

    All the groups are portrayed by 177 color illustrations taken by the author and an extensive bibliography for further reading.

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  • Hill Tribes of Vietnam 1 – Introduction and Overview

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    Hill Tribes of Vietnam – Introduction and Overview describes the diversity of lifestyles and cultures of the mountain peoples. Untouched by commercial development and modem attitudes for decades, most of the tribesmen sustain their traditions. Their natural surroundings are occupied by spirits and genies. Village and house construction, agricultural activities, weddings, child births, sickness, death and many more everyday situations are influenced by spiritual beliefs.

    This first volume introduces the ethnography and the classification of the hill tribe groups in Vietnam and presents a general overview of the habitation, social structure, government policy, education, health care, swidden farming, opium cultivation, religion and traditional customs. The complexity of their way of living is clarified with 254 illustrations.

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  • Once Upon a Time in the East

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    Hot and Sticky Yarns from Rural Siam

    Isaan. Northeast Thailand. The furthest reaches of Old Siam. No coastline; no glistening lengths of powdery white sand; no Pad Thai-obsessed tourists; no touts; no taxis; no beggars; no hedonistic nights of extreme debauchery. Nothing. Just a whole lot of jungle. During a visit to Bangkok, I once saw a rack of t-shirts proclaiming that ‘good guys go to heaven and bad guys go to Pattaya’. Nothing for Isaan though. After all, who wants to walk around with ‘the clinically stupid’ emblazoned across their chest? I first visited Northeast Thailand in my late twenties. Initially I was appalled by the lack of, well, anything. For a chap hailing from suburban London it felt like I’d alighted into a particularly tedious episode of the Archers. However, the people, the fauna, and indeed the flora, made this impromptu sabbatical a quite extraordinary experience. The stories on the following pages are an account of my years spent in hot and sticky rural Siam.

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