The Temiars of the Puyan River Vol. 1: History, Culture and Situation of the Orang Asli of Pos Gob (Paperback)

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This is the story of a Temiar community in the Kelantan hinterland. Never before has it been told in such detail and clarity, even though anthropologists have been intrigued with the Temiars for over a hundred years. It is a story of their survival in the deep rain forest of the Malayan Peninsula, from time immemorial to the present, living according to a ritual and social system taught to them through dreams, whereby they could placate the adverse spiritual entities of the wild and live peaceably as part of a strong ethnic group. Their dependence on natural resources has bonded them to the forest for millennia, and this is the lifestyle they seek to preserve today. Ten years of interaction with these true guardians of the forest has enabled David P. Quinton to piece together the facets of an unseen belief system and learn what makes them at one with their environment. He has also uncovered a wealth of knowledge that the Temiars possess of natural species and their uses.

VOL. 1:

- The life of the Temiars in the old days, their reliance on dream guides and spiritually adept leaders to teach them the way of peace with nature, their adherence to strict taboos and their celebration of life-giving spirits.

- The practical modes of sustaining their existence, building homes and procuring food by foraging and hunting in their unspoiled river valleys.

- Hundreds of Quinton's own pictures, which vividly capture the Temiars' way of life.

- 1000 names of species from the plant and animal kingdoms, known to the Temiars.

This book project was supported by the GEF Small Grants Programme in Malaysia (UNDP).

Product Details
ISBN: 9781739134419
ISBN-10: 1739134419
Publisher: D P Quinton
Publication Date: November 30th, 2022
Pages: 234
Language: English