Laos in the 1920s by Jean Renaud
The Gods, Monks and Mountains of Laos
Laos in the 1920s. The Gods, Monks and Mountains of Laos presents data and a number of unique photographs intended to attract investors and tourists to the fledgling French colony of Laos. The book, first published in 1930 as a quasi-pamphlet, also includes an assessment by staunch colonialist Pierre Deloncle of development work already undertaken and challenges for the future. Early mining successes, in particular, are discussed as an example of successful private enterprise. The book is based on the travels of the novelist Jean Renaud in the company of Albert Sarraut, another scholar of Laos and Indochina, and on published sources. Special attention is given to various proposed roads to link Laos with the rest of Indochina and to access the wealth of the Plain of Jars. Besides presenting a number of polemical arguments in favor of the colony, the book also gives some salient facts about its natural setting, history, geography and various highland tribes. The great importance and significance of religious superstitions and customary ceremonies are also discussed.
Size 150 x 210 mm.
144 pages, 72 pp. illus., 1 map