River Books (4)

Ancient Sites of Southeast Asia

ISBN: 9786167339917

Author: William Chapman    Publisher: River Books

Ancient Sites of Southeast Asia is the first comprehensive guide to the ancient sites and archaeological ruins of Southeast Asia. Designed to assist the advent...


Ancient Sites of Southeast Asia is the first comprehensive guide to the ancient sites and archaeological ruins of Southeast Asia. Designed to assist the adventurous visitor to the region, the book is also an armchair traveler’s introduction to many of the most historic and visually engaging monuments across seven nations: Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar (Burma), and Malaysia. In addition to background on and descriptions of individual sites, the guide provides essential tips for travelers and an extensive reading list and glossary. The result of over twenty years of research and site visits by the author, archaeologist, and architectural conservator William Chapman, Ancient Sites of Southeast Asia provides a succinct overview of the region’s many historic ruins and related sites. Over 450 illustrations and 150 maps bring these many sites to life.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 312


Dimensions: 170 x 232 mm


Publication Date: 29-09-2017


Tags: Coming Soon   October 2017   History   Travel
$65.00
DUE > 30th Nov 2017
Thai Magic Tattoos

ISBN: 9786167339726

Author: Isabel Drouyer    Publisher: River Books

For hundreds of years, Thai Buddhist monks, using magical incantations and spells, have been covering people's bodies with indelible ink marks in the belief tha...


For hundreds of years, Thai Buddhist monks, using magical incantations and spells, have been covering people's bodies with indelible ink marks in the belief that they will attract luck, wealth, and blessings. Images of tattooed men appear in 18th century murals. In the past, people believed that these tattoos would provide protection against evil spirits and could render the bearer invulnerable to stab wounds and even bullets. Known in Thai as Sak Yant, these ancient tattoos are today undergoing a revival in popularity, both in Thailand and beyond. In addition, Thai tattoo masters are invited to practice their art abroad, thus increasing the popularity of Sak Yant worldwide. Drawing on research fields as diverse as anthropology, religion, history, medicine, and psychology, Thai Magic Tattoos - The Art and Influence of Sak Yant also seeks to explain how tattoos can change the life of the bearer. With magnificent new photographs by René Drouyer, Thai Magic Tattoos is an essential guide to this fascinating subject.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 144


Dimensions: 215 x 280 mm


Publication Date: 19-12-2016


$65.00
DUE > 20th Mar 2017
Unseen Siam

ISBN: 9786167339665

Author: Joachim Bautze    Publisher: River Books

Researched from a diverse and extensive source materials (including directories, documents in city archives, newspapers, field-notes, postcards, etc.)Unseen Sia...


Researched from a diverse and extensive source materials (including directories, documents in city archives, newspapers, field-notes, postcards, etc.)Unseen Siam. Early Photography 1860-1910 reveals the careers of 15 lesser-unknown early photographers who worked in Siam, many of whom became court photographer to the then ruling King of Siam. Their work was not only restricted to their photographic cartes-de-visite, as is usually the case, but also large sized images from attributable albums and portfolios. Each reproduced photograph is fully cataloged and thus in many cases discloses the name of the photographer of some otherwise well-known images for the first time.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 400


Dimensions: 280 x 280 mm


Publication Date: 20-12-2016


$125.00
DUE > 20th Mar 2017
Catching The Light : A Journey Across Myanmar

ISBN: 9786167339832

Author: Birgit Neiser    Publisher: River Books

Much has changed in Burma since Birgit Neiser first visited in 1981. The country is now known as Myanmar, and military rule – which lasted nearly half a cent...


Much has changed in Burma since Birgit Neiser first visited in 1981. The country is now known as Myanmar, and military rule – which lasted nearly half a century – has given way to a tentative democratic process. Returning in 2010, at the cusp of this groundbreaking shift, Neiser began spending two months each year in Myanmar. To document ways of life she knew would soon start to disappear and to reach areas inaccessible to the casual visitor, the author travelled across the country – on the back of timber trucks in the mountains of Kachin state, by motorbike in northern Shan State, and onboard an old fishing vessel in the Andaman Sea. The result is Catching the Light – a dazzling collection of photographs that captures a unique moment in Myanmar’s social, cultural, and political history.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 200


Dimensions: 230 x 250 mm


Publication Date: 18-09-2017


$69.99
DUE > 30th Nov 2017
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