A Dragon Apparent: Travels in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam by Norman Lewis

By Norman Lewis

Initially released in 1951, it's stated Dragon obvious encouraged Graham Greene to visit Vietnam and write The Quiet American. Norman Lewis traveled in Indo-China through the precarious final years of the French colonial regime. a lot of the allure and grandeur of the traditional local civilizations survived till the devastation of the Vietnam battle. Lewis may possibly nonetheless meet a King of Cambodia and an Emperor of Vietnam; within the hills he might remain within the staggering longhouses of the highlanders; at the plains he may be enchanted through a humans whom he came across ""gentle, tolerant and devoted to the pleasures and satisfactions of a discriminating sort.

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By the 1930s the Dutch East Indies was providing most of the world’s quinine and pepper, over one-third of its rubber and almost one-fifth of its tea, sugar, coffee and oil. Clove-impregnated kretek cigarettes, popular throughout Indonesia today, were first marketed by Nitisemito, a man from Kudus, Java, in 1906.

Indonesia was destined to become a crossroads of Asia, and trade has been its lifeblood for at least 2000 years. It has brought with it nearly all the biggest changes the archipelago has seen through the centuries – new people, new ideas, new crops, new technologies, new religions, new wars, new rulers. Return to beginning of chapter INDIAN INFLUENCE & SRIWIJAYA Contact between Indonesia and India goes back a long way. Pepper plants, originally from India, were spicing up western Indonesian food as early as 600 BC.

Return to beginning of chapter FROM ANIMISM TO ISLAM The earliest Indonesians were animists – they believed animate and inanimate objects had their own life force or spirit, and that events could be influenced by offerings, rituals or forms of magic. Indonesia’s scattered prehistoric sites, and animist societies that have survived into modern times, provide evidence that there was often a belief in an afterlife and supernatural controlling powers, and that the spirits of the dead were believed to influence events.

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