By Barbara Watson Andaya, Leonard Y. Andaya
This fresh version of A heritage of Malaysia brings the tale of this interesting nation brand new, incorporating the most recent scholarship on each interval of Malaysian heritage. a brand new bankruptcy offers insights into Malaysian heritage of the final 15 years, together with the turning out to be impression of the web and social media within the political sphere. clean research of Islam's old position within the Malay global and the way it hyperlinks with the growing to be Islamization of Malaysia this present day makes this a well timed study.
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When I Ching went there in 671 he found a community of over a thousand Buddhist monks, and in his own writings he commended the city as a place to study the Buddhist scriptures. With the wealth that trade brought, Srivijayan rulers could sponsor religious studies and maintain religious foundations. ' MALAYS'I'& Maharaja endowed: a Ta@ist temple in CantoFl: while ano,ther rebuilt a: Bu'ddhist sanctuary in, India's great pilgrimage centre of Naland'a;,. Although the nature of Buddhism in Srivijaya· is n:ot totally elear, several different schools, including Tantrism, coexisted.
One of these ports, Ko-Ying, is mentioned in Chinese sources in the third century AD as a terminus port for Indian shipping, and was apparendy located somewhere near the Melaka Straits or possibly western Java. With the development of sea communications between the Malay regions and China from the fifth century AD, the trade with India received further impetus. To service this trade, numerous small settlements began to spring up along the archipelago's principal maritime 16 A HISTORY OF MALAYSIA routes.
This is well illustrated in the reconstructed temple of Candi Bukit Batu Pahat in central Kedah, apparently erected to the memory of a deceased ruler or official. Dating perhaps from the tenth century or later, it is a combination of many styles, a mixture of the cults of Siva, Visnu and Mahayana Buddhism in a blend which finds no exact equivalent in India but which exhibits similarities with items from sites in Sumatra and Sarawak, and was obviously meaningful to the local community. Such adaptation suggests that Malays themselves played an important role in spreading Indian, cultural ideas beyond the entrepots where Indian influence made its greatest impact.
A History of Malaysia by Barbara Watson Andaya, Leonard Y. Andaya