Book

The Malays: a cultural history

The Philosophical LibraryNew York • Published In 1950 • Pages:

By: Winstedt, Richard.

Abstract
This study attempts to reconstruct a history of cultural development and cultural influences in Malaya from the earliest prehistoric times. In eight chapters covering origins, beliefs and religion, social, political, legal and economic systems, literature, and arts and crafts, Winstedt defines what in Malay culture is traceable to early Indonesian influence and then points out later additions and changes due to Hindu and Mohammedan influences and to more recent European contact. Winstedt, long a resident of Malaya, had intimate knowledge of Malay culture and as shown by the extensive bibliography, had reviewed the literature thoroughly. This book is a revised and enlarged edition of the author's A HISTORY OF MALAYS.
Subjects
Traditional history
Historical reconstruction
History
Comparative evidence
Prehistory
Sacred objects and places
Ethnic stratification
Acculturation and culture contact
General character of religion
Animism
Eschatology
Rule of descent
Kin relationships
Community structure
Localized kin groups
Legal norms
culture
Malays
HRAF PubDate
2010
Region
Asia
Sub Region
Southeast Asia
Document Type
Book
Evaluation
Ethnologist-5
Analyst
B. P. Emerson ; 1955
Coverage Date
1900-1950
Coverage Place
Malaysia
Notes
[by] Richard Winstedt
Includes bibliographical references (p.191-195)
LCCN
51000448
LCSH
Malays (Asian people)
Malaya