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This volume collects together and reprints two groundbreaking publications from the 1950s by Dr Leon Comber: "Introduction to Secret Societies"; and "Traditional Mysteries of Chinese Secret Societies in Malaya". The volumes were written to initiate laypersons to the mysterious world of Chinese secret societies. Secret societies were originally founded on the bedrock of blood ties, kinship, mutual help and rebellion against repressive regimes and especially relevant to the immigrant communities of the Nanyang (overseas) Chinese as they integrated into new homelands. To that extent, many of their rituals, codes of conduct and history held true to original ideals. Over time however, many secret societies later turned to crime and have become synonymous with criminal organizations serving their leaders and gang members purposes rather than the wider community. Now republished in one paperback volume with new setting and design, "The Triads" provides a new readership with a fascinating glimpse into a world which continues to capture the imagination for both older and younger generations of students of an overseas Chinese community in Asia.
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Leon F Comber was born in London worked for many years in the Special Branch of the Malayan Police from 1945 right up to the time of the Malayan Emergency. A renowned Publisher, editor and author he is currently Research Fellow at Monash Asia Institute, Melbourne specialising in Asian studies ranging from history, security intelligence, political science, languages, literature, and publishing.
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