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Lost Times and Untold Tales from the Malay World

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Inspired by the wry yet deeply scholarly perspectives of Australian philologist Ian Proudfoot, the editors bring together a distinguished group of international scholars who look at calendars and time, royal myths, colonial expeditions, printing, propaganda, theater, art, Islamic manuscripts, erotic literature, and many other topics from wholly unexpected angles.
Paperback, 428 pages
Published July 31st 2009 by National University of Singapore Press
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Several of these essays were somewhat dry academic texts, not really for the layperson. A few were more interesting and shed light on the Malay folk tales, which was my main purpose for reading:

1. Significant Time, Myths and Power in the Javanese Calendar
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May 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It took me approximately 48 hours of peace and quiet to dig into this book, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! In a nod to Ian Proudfoot's legacy, this compilation of essays take you off the beaten path in popular Malay studies, but offers a wonderful introduction to the rich Malay world, stretching back centuries.

Through the essays, some quite seriously analytical in their brevity, and some delightfully narrated with British humour, you travel across the Malay archipelago, visiting Aceh, once the sea
Jul 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
Those acquainted with the history and culture of the "Malay world" will find this book an unusual read. Written by a distinguished group of international scholars covering a gamut of topic from trivia of 'pink pills' elevating hapless colonials from their tropical aliments to royal myths and Islamic mysticism and a lot more. Approached from unexpected angles in a witty and amusing manner bringing fresh insight into the history of the region. Definitely more interesting, informative and exciting ...more
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