A Record of Cambodia: The Land and Its People by Daguan Zhou,Peter Harris

By Daguan Zhou,Peter Harris

Translated, with an advent and notes, via Peter Harris

Only one individual has given us a first-hand account of the civilization of Angkor. this can be the chinese language envoy, Zhou Daguan, who visited Angkor in 1296–97 and wrote A checklist 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, ladies, investors, slaves, hill humans, animals, landscapes, and daily life is still a special 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 used to be most likely a tender guy whilst he traveled to Cambodia through boat. After returning domestic he pale into obscurity, notwithstanding he turns out to have lived on for numerous a long time. a lot of the textual content of Zhou’s ebook turns out to were misplaced over the centuries, yet what continues to be nonetheless provides us a full of life feel of Zhou the guy in addition to of Angkor.

In this version, Peter Harris interprets Zhou Daguan’s paintings at once from chinese language to English to be released for the 1st time. past English types trusted a French translation performed over a century in the past, and misplaced a lot of the sensation of the unique accordingly. This totally new rendering, which pulls on a number of on hand types of the Zhou textual content, brings Zhou’s many observations vividly and correctly again to existence. An creation and broad notes aid clarify the textual content and positioned 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 guaranteed to savor and viewers to Angkor are bound to enjoy.”—David Chandler

Peter Harris is Senior Fellow on the Centre for Strategic reports: New Zealand in Victoria collage of Wellington.

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