Finding Women in Southeast Asian History

Authored by: Jean Gelman Taylor

Routledge Handbook of Southeast Asian History

Print publication date:  September  2013
Online publication date:  April  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415587259
eBook ISBN: 9780203763117
Adobe ISBN: 9781135018788

10.4324/9780203763117.ch24

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Abstract

Human life abounds in panels carved into the walls of temples of Southeast Asia’s classical age. Men and women, represented as earthly and celestial beings, listen to sages, attend a lord, or plod, yoked, as war captives into servitude. Women are full breasted, adorned with ornate headdresses, necklaces, and ankle bracelets, hands clasped in reverent greeting. It is an animated female presence, not an absence of women from life lived in the public gaze, that strikes the viewer.

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