By Grant Evans
This finished and shiny background of Laos is a perfect advent for travelers, company tourists, and scholars. Informative and transportable, it chronicles the heritage of Laos from precedent days, while the dynastic states of the area waxed and waned, to the turmoil of the Vietnam conflict and independence from France. This advisor investigates those key occasions lower than a brand new gentle and provides critical demanding situations to the traditional perspectives approximately Laos's fascinating heritage.
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Only occasionally were strong cultural differences encountered, and only occasionally did they inhibit interaction. One cultural marker of ‘Lao-ness’, used by Lao themselves and others, is the eating of ‘sticky rice’, a variety especially adapted to the uplands. Sticky rice eaters abound in the areas identified as Lao today, although it is also eaten by most other ethnic groups in this area. Sticky rice travelled with the Tai to the lowlands, where they encountered long grain varieties grown by both the Mon and the Khmer, and farms with mixed varieties evolved.
The other main source of revenue for Lan Xang was trade in forest products such as sticklac, cardamom and beeswax, which were supplied primarily by minorities who remained in the mountains, some still as hunter-gatherers. This economic connection underpinned the ritual relationship between the Lan Xang court and the surrounding minorities, the kha. Indicative of the relative weakness of the king’s power was that, unlike the King of Ayudhya, Fa Ngum could not monopolise trade in these goods. Another source of revenue, of course, was war and plunder, and the capture of slaves augmented the population under the kingdom’s control.
1442–79) imposed his will and secured the kingdom by appointing his six sons and other close relatives to key administrative positions in the realm. His capital was Luang Phrabang. The long succession crisis had weakened Lan Xang, yet Xaiyna Chakhaphat would make little change to the personalised structure of rule, instead bolstering the role of Buddhism in the kingdom. His rule was brought undone by the rise 14 Laos—PAGES 12/4/02 2:10 PM Page 15 Before Laos of the powerful Le dynasty in Vietnam, which declared its suzerainty over the Plain of Jars, and when it encountered opposition invaded Luang Phrabang.
A Short History of Laos: The Land in Between (Short History of Asia series, A) by Grant Evans