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The Moken Boat: Symbolic Technology

Ivanoff, Jacques

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ISBN 10: 9748434907 / ISBN 13: 9789748434902
Published by White Lotus Press, 1999
Used Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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Title: The Moken Boat: Symbolic Technology

Publisher: White Lotus Press

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

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This is the first comprehensive study of the boats of the sea-gypsies of the Andaman Sea from Surin Island in Southern Thailand to Ross Island in Burma. The traditional Moken boat has been a cause of wonder for scholars, English administrators, and sea captains. How could such a remote and "uncivilized" people have developed such impressive naval technology? The discrepancy between the level of culture and the high degree of technical skill in boat building is surprising if we look deep inside the nomadic ideology of the Moken: their techniques cannot be understood without reference to their cultural and symbolic contexts. This study provides all the necessary technical tools and symbolic knowledge to understand how the sea-gypsies still survive today in their amazing boat, the kabang.

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French

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