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Leaves of the Same TreeTrade and Ethnicity in the Straits of Melaka$
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Leonard Y. Andaya

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824831899

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824831899.001.0001

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Emergence of Malayu

Emergence of Malayu

(p.49) Chapter 2 Emergence of Malayu
Leaves of the Same Tree

Leonard Y. Andaya

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter provides an analysis of the Malayu culture that developed in the early southeast Sumatran polities of Sriwijaya and Malayu, between the seventh and fourteenth centuries. While inscriptions and external sources are limited, there is sufficient linguistic and archaeological evidence to form the basis for a tentative reconstruction of the sociopolitical organization of these polities. Certain features of the society can be detected, including the role of family in government, a reliance on sea and forest peoples in assuring the collection of products and protection of routes for international trade, the maritime and riverine environment, the sacral quality of kingship, and the use of oaths as an important political and economic tool.

Keywords:   Malayu culture, southeast Sumatran polities, Sriwijaya, sociopolitical organization, international trade, sea peoples, forest peoples, maritime environment

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