About the Book
The revised edition of this Encyclopaedia is to explore the socio-cultural identity of 207 ethnic groups of South East Asia contributed by noted scholars which range from a few lines to nine or ten pages in length. Each entry deals with the physical, historical, social, political, economic, religious and cultural information on ethnic groups of South East Asian countries— Burma, Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Hongkong, Indonesia, Laos, Macau, Malayasia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. In this edition, we focus on the ways of life of South East Asian people—both past and present—and the factor that have caused the culture to change over time and place. The task which we have performed in this edition is, no doubt, beset with difficulties but we shall consider our labour amply rewarded if this monumental work is found useful by scholars and readers of ethnic study of South-east Asia. We are highly grateful to all those scholars whose works on 29 ethnic groups have been incorporated in this revised edition.
About the Authors
N.S. Bisht is a retired sociologist, editor and writer. He was born at Nainital, educated in Dehradun and teaching in many colleges of Lucknow. He has contributed a number of research articles in journals and newspapers of national repute. After retirement, he is doing freelance journalism and associated with some important newspapers.
T.S. Bankoti, born at Almora and got higher education in Lucknow, is noted writer and journalist with twenty years editing experience. He has also contributed some important research papers on Himalayan tribes in national seminars.