By Virginia Matheson Hooker
In guidance for a visit to Malaysia, this helped me comprehend the heritage and present outlook and concerns. not likely a enjoyable learn, however it appears well-written and helpful to knowing the rustic. yet i am not a professional.
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The relationship between the prehistoric populations and modern populations is a topic of hot debate among the experts with considerable differences of opinion still remaining. ’2 One useful way of trying to understand the relationship between the diverse groups of indigenous peoples of the Malay Peninsula is to compare types of social organisation and lifestyle. When this is done, four broad socio-cultural patterns can be recognised. They have been termed: Malay, Senoi, Semang and Malayic. The Malay pattern This has been the dominant socio-religious pattern on the Malay Peninsula only since approximately the 18th century.
The northern areas of the Peninsula lie in the so-called ‘intertropical’ zone which has a clearly differentiated wet and dry season, with most rain falling between November and January. In the intertropical zone, the soils are less leached than those in the equatorial zone and, equally importantly, the dry period allows grain crops to ripen. In neither zone, however, was soil fertility replenished from natural sources such as volcanic ash. Besides the humidity and uniformly high temperatures (the mean is 26°C), perhaps the best known climatic feature of Southeast Asia is the seasonal winds known as the monsoons.
This complex series of coastal–interior routes seems to have linked the sea-going Austronesian traders working their way round the coasts with the peoples skilled at collecting forest products and finding gold in the difficult inland terrain, peoples who were probably the ancestors of the present-day populations of Orang Asli. Tin and Indian beads: the Klang valley sites (Selangor) Fairly rich archaeological evidence, dated between 500–200 BCE, has been discovered at sites in a riverine area of the west coast of the Peninsula, near the modern city of Klang (See map 1, page xv).