A Record of Cambodia: The Land and Its People

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A Record of Cambodia: The Land and Its People

Format:  Paperback,

150 pages

Publisher: Univ of Washington Pr

Publish Date: Jan 2007

ISBN-13: 9789749511244

ISBN-10: 9749511247

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Only one person has given us a first-hand account of the civilization of Angkor. This is the Chinese envoy, Zhou Daguan, who visited Angkor in 1296-97 and wrote A Record of Cambodia: The Land and Its People after his return to China. To this day Zhou's description of the royal palace, sacred buildings, women, traders, slaves, hill people, animals, landscapes, and everyday life remains a unique portrait of thirteenth-century Angkor at a time when its splendors were still intact. Very little is known about Zhou Daguan. He was born on or near the southeastern coast of China, and was probably a young man when he traveled to Cambodia by boat. After returning home he faded into obscurity, though he seems to have lived on for several decades. Much of the text of Zhou's book has been lost over the centuries, but what remains gives us a lively sense of Zhou the man as well as of Angkor. In this edition, Peter Harris translates Zhou Daguan's work directly from Chinese to English to be published for the first time. Earlier English versions depended on a French translation done over a century ago, and lost much of the feeling of the original as a result. This entirely new rendering, which draws on a range of available versions of the Zhou text, brings Zhou's many observations vividly and accurately back to life. An introduction and extensive notes help explain the text and put it in the context of the times. Peter Harris is senior fellow of the Centre for Strategic Studies: New Zealand in Victoria University of Wellington.

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Publisher: Univ of Washington Pr
Publish Date: Jan 2007
ISBN-13: 9789749511244
ISBN-10: 9749511247
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 150
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.48
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.29 x 0.5 x 8.59
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Chapter outline

Forewordp. vii
Map of Zhou Daguan's Outward Routep. x
Prefacep. xi
Map of Angkorp. xiv
Introductionp. 1
On This Translationp. 31
Notesp. 37
General Prefacep. 45
The City and Its Wallsp. 47
Residencesp. 49
Dressp. 50
Officialsp. 51
The Three Doctrinesp. 52
The Peoplep. 54
Childbirthp. 55
Young Girlsp. 56
Slavesp. 58
Languagep. 60
Savagesp. 61
Writingp. 61
New Year and Other Times of Yearp. 62
Settling Disputesp. 64
Leprosy and Other Illnessesp. 65
Deathp. 66
Cultivating the Landp. 67
The Landscapep. 68
Productsp. 69
Tradep. 70
Sought-After Chinese Goodsp. 71
Florap. 71
Birdsp. 72
Animalsp. 72
Vegetablesp. 73
Fish and Reptilesp. 74
Fermented Liquorp. 74
Salt, Vinegar, and Soy Saucep. 75
Silk Productionp. 75
Utensilsp. 76
Carts and Palanquinsp. 77
Boatsp. 78
Prefecturesp. 79
Villagesp. 79
Taking Gallp. 79
A Strange Affairp. 80
Bathingp. 80
Living Abroadp. 81
The Armyp. 82
The King In and Out of the Palacep. 82
Notesp. 85
Other Early Accounts of Cambodia in Chinesep. 131
Chinese Dynasties, Mongol Emperors of China, and Cambodian Kingsp. 135
Works Consultedp. 137
Indexp. 143

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Only one person has given us a first-hand account of the civilization of Angkor. This is the Chinese envoy, Zhou Daguan, who visited Angkor in 1296-97 and wrote A Record of Cambodia: The Land and Its People after his return to China. To this day Zhou's description of the royal palace, sacred buildings, women, traders, slaves, hill people, animals, landscapes, and everyday life remains a unique portrait of thirteenth-century Angkor at a time when its splendors were still intact.

Very little is known about Zhou Daguan. He was born on or near the southeastern coast of China, and was probably a young man when he traveled to Cambodia by boat. After returning home he faded into obscurity, though he seems to have lived on for several decades. Much of the text of Zhou's book has been lost over the centuries, but what remains gives us a lively sense of Zhou the man as well as of Angkor.

In this edition, Peter Harris translates Zhou Daguan's work directly from Chinese to English to be published for the first time. Earlier English versions depended on a French translation done over a century ago, and lost much of the feeling of the original as a result. This entirely new rendering, which draws on a range of available versions of the Zhou text, brings Zhou's many observations vividly and accurately back to life. An introduction and extensive notes help explain the text and put it in the context of the times. Peter Harris is senior fellow of the Centre for Strategic Studies: New Zealand in Victoria University of Wellington.

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