Tai Groups of Thailand Volume 1 by Joachim Schliesinger
Vol. 1 - Introduction and Overview
Tai Groups of Thailand - Introduction and Overview describes the early events of Southeast Asia and today's territory of Thailand before the coming of the Tai, presents the history after their arrival, informs about the hypothesis of the origin of the Tai race and shows the development of the ethnic Tai people in the context of the many distinct Tai groups and their kingdoms, states and principalities in Asia in general and in Thailand in particular.
Linguistic development and classification of the Tai language, its branches and dialects, is explained as well as the description of the central Thai language. Finally, Tai agriculture and food, Tai handicrafts, Tai architecture and Tai religion are highlighted. Their way of living is clarified with 163 color illustrations and an extensive bibliography for further reading.
The second volume, Tai Groups of Thailand - Profile of the Existing Groups, sketches each of the thirty Tai groups in Thailand with its history, costumes and crafts, design of villages and houses, activities in agriculture and economy, society and religion, supported in addition by 115 color illustrations.
190 pages plus numerous color plates
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