By Daguan Zhou,Peter Harris
Only one individual has given us a first-hand account of the civilization of Angkor. this is often the chinese language envoy, Zhou Daguan, who visited Angkor in 1296–97 and wrote A list of Cambodia: The Land and Its humans after his go back to China. To at the present time Zhou’s description of the royal palace, sacred structures, girls, investors, slaves, hill humans, animals, landscapes, and daily life is still a different portrait of thirteenth-century Angkor at a time while its splendors have been nonetheless intact.
Very little is understood approximately Zhou Daguan. He was once born on or close to the southeastern coast of China, and was once most likely a tender guy whilst he traveled to Cambodia via boat. After returning domestic he light into obscurity, although he turns out to have lived on for a number of a long time. a lot of the textual content of Zhou’s e-book turns out to were misplaced over the centuries, yet what is still nonetheless supplies us a full of life feel of Zhou the fellow in addition to of Angkor.
In this variation, Peter Harris interprets Zhou Daguan’s paintings at once from chinese language to English to be released for the 1st time. previous English models relied on a French translation performed over a century in the past, and misplaced a lot of the sensation of the unique therefore. This solely new rendering, which pulls on quite a number to be had models of the Zhou textual content, brings Zhou’s many observations vividly and properly again to lifestyles. An advent and vast notes support clarify the textual content and placed it within the context of the times.
“Peter Harris has given a brand new new release of readers a masterly model of Zhou’s undying and engaging account that students of Cambodia are bound to savour and viewers to Angkor are bound to enjoy.”—David Chandler
Peter Harris is Senior Fellow on the Centre for Strategic reviews: New Zealand in Victoria collage of Wellington.
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