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Includes bibliographical references and index.
This volume is a collection of eighteen ethnographic essays on Anthropological Explorations in East and South-East Asia, reprinted from Journal of the Anthropological Society of Bombay, published during 1886–1936. Divided into five parts, it includes works on history, religion, tea cult, the Torii of Japan and the Torans of India; on the veneration of the dead in China; on Tibet and its customs and practices, the Lamas and folklore in eastern Himalayas; on the monastic institution of Burma and its Phongys; Malay folklore, folk medicine, etiological folktales; and Burmese and Indian folk beliefs. This volume provides evidence that the history of anthropological writings in India is much older than is believed to be. This volume bears witness to indigenous scholarship of civilized societies such as China, Burma, Tibet and Japan. This volume will be beneficial for the study of the impact of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and Hinduism in East and South-East Asia.