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Eden in the East: The Drowned Continent of Southeast Asia

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This book completetly changes the established and conventional view of prehistory by relocating the Lost Eden—the world's first civilisation—to Southeast Asia. At the end of the Ice Age, Southeast Asia formed a continent twice the size of India, which included Indochina, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Borneo. In Eden in the East, Stephen Oppenheimer puts forward the astonishing ...more
Paperback, 575 pages
Published July 1st 1999 by Orion Publishing (first published 1998)
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Jerome K
Aug 13, 2007 Jerome K rated it really liked it
This is kind of academic. But I was reading more for the subject matter: about the possibility of a South East Asian continent that was the original cradle of civilisation, before it was drowned by rising water levels at the end of the last ice age. The first part of the book which deals with data on the flooding is a bit of a long haul. The second part which dealt with comparisons of similar folklore between various cultures to see where the original story came from is much more interesting for ...more
Sep 16, 2012 Chrisl rated it really liked it
Shelves: anthro, asia, islands, 1990s, undrat

Bought an "Eden in the East" for myself after reading a library copy. It now contains many "stickies" and notes written in margins. Some interesting "what if" material.

What potential for a fantasy : the three era sinking of the world's first civilization, a trip around the north Pacific by survivors. Oppenheimer's theories seem quite plausible and could provide useful world building blocks.

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May 15, 2012 Kathe rated it it was amazing
Very dense, took a long time to absorb it, but very important and opens up great wonderings.
I wanna read this book so much , but i have no enough money to buy the book :-( do you all wanna borrow me ?
Atul Rao
Jan 25, 2017 Atul Rao rated it it was amazing
One of the most enlightening non-fiction books about lost continents I've ever read. Credible in its science and cross-cultural studies.
Tranh Nguyen
Sep 30, 2013 Tranh Nguyen rated it it was amazing
A great study about the derivative of Southest-asia culture also the Chinese and Indian. It also issues an academic perspective on Southern advanced techniques which were belived originating from China.
Tantri Setyorini
Jadi kalau gitu cerita tentang terusirnya Adam-Hawa dan Bahtera Nuh itu berakar dari kebudayaan Austronesia alias Asia Tenggara? Trus secara genetis dan etnografis Adam dan Hawa tuh orang Asia Tenggara? Mungkin aja sih. Tapi kayaknya perlu baca teori2 yang lain dulu deh sebelum percaya.
Apr 01, 2013 Simbahenom marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
kemarin sore nemu di perpus, katanya sih baru dateng. Langsung dipinjem, dan entah kapan selesainya. Tebel banget, apalagi abis sakit gini, agak2 nggak yakin kalo selesai, tapi..err dicoba dulu deh :p
Jan 23, 2012 Seno rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
baca yg terjemahan bhs Indonesia. amat sangat membingungkan krn terjemahannya yg dpt ngambil langsung dr google translate
Ilham Nurwansah
May 23, 2016 Ilham Nurwansah rated it really liked it
Another blowing mind theory. It could be true that South East Asia region was a great continent. The only way to dig more artefacts is to drain the area. Let's do it! lol.
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