The Encyclopedia of Malaysia: Peoples and Traditions


148 pp, 290 mm x 220 mm

ISBN: 978-981-3018-53-2
RRP USD29.95 buy from amazon

Category: Reference, The Encyclopedia of Malaysia Series
Theme: Malaysia
Series: The Encyclopedia of Malaysia

Malaysia is a melting pot of ethnicities, cultures and traditions. The 12th volume in The Encyclopedia of Malaysia series, Peoples and Traditions provides an insight into the scores of ethnic groups for whom Malaysia is home. Anthropologists, historians and other specialists describe the various communities and capture the essence of their traditions and cultural manifestations.

The volume commences with a look at the migratory and demographic patterns of the population
from ancient times and the genesis of a multiethnic society, and provides insights into the various
ethnic groups in Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak, and their distinct cultural and social identities. It discusses their traditional habitat, culture, customs, costumes, languages, cuisines and economic pursuits, and highlights efforts made by the communities to preserve their heritage in the face of modernization and globalization. The volume also discusses the cultural fusion that underscores Malaysia’s multiculturalism.

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Prof. Dato’ Dr Hood Salleh is Professor and Principal Resarch Fellow at the Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. From 1997 to 2000 he was Foundation Professor, Malay Studies, at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. The recipient of numerous research awards, his major research specializations include indigenous peoples, particularly the Orang Asli and those of Sabah and Sarawak, and shamanism.


Sixty seven different topics are explained clearly and concisely by leading local and international academics and subject specialists. Authors include Colin Nicholas, Juli Edo, Zainal Kling, Lee Kam Hing, Ong Seng Huat, Jayl Langub, Patricia Regis and Clifford Sather.


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