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 today Zhou’s description of the royal palace, sacred structures, girls, investors, slaves, hill humans, animals, landscapes, and lifestyle 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 used to be born on or close to the southeastern coast of China, and was once most likely a tender guy whilst he traveled to Cambodia by means of boat. After returning domestic he pale 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 experience of Zhou the guy 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. prior English types trusted a French translation performed over a century in the past, and misplaced a lot of the sensation of the unique consequently. This totally new rendering, which pulls on more than a few to be had models of the Zhou textual content, brings Zhou’s many observations vividly and safely again to lifestyles. An advent and large notes support clarify the textual content and placed it within the context of the times.
“Peter Harris has given a brand new iteration of readers a masterly model of Zhou’s undying and engaging account that students of Cambodia are guaranteed to have fun with and viewers to Angkor are certain to enjoy.”—David Chandler
Peter Harris is Senior Fellow on the Centre for Strategic experiences: New Zealand in Victoria college of Wellington.
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