Burmese Monk's Tales

Author: Maung Htin Aung

Publisher: Pariyatti Publishing

ISBN: 1938754409

Category: Fiction

Page: 160

View: 1835

The tales contained in this collection were first told in the dark decade of Burmese history (1876–85) during the coming event of the British conquest. The stories combine exotic background with strong details that offer the Western reader both a picture of Burma in the nineteenth century and an understanding of the basic good sense, gaiety, and gentleness of the Burmese people and the Buddhist clergy. The characters that appear in the book illustrate timeless truths about human nature, which today's reader can apply to existing people and situations. For the first time since the eleventh century the future of Burmese Buddhism became uncertain, and there was widespread fear, both in Upper Burma still under a Burmese king and in Lower Burma already under British rule, that the final fall of the Burmese kingdom would result in the total extinction of both the national religion and the Burmese way of life. Told with the purpose of allaying this anxiety and fear, these tales give a full and faithful résumé and appraisal of the position of Burmese Buddhism on the eve of the British conquest of 1886.


Author: University of California (System). College of Agriculture

Publisher: N.A


Category: Agricultural colleges

Page: 926

View: 4282

Travels Through Central Africa to Timbuctoo and Across the Great Desert to Morocco, 1824-28

Author: Rene Caillie

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136975330

Category: History

Page: 976

View: 6493

Rene Caillie was the first European who penetrated to Timbuctoo and returned to communicate the information he had collected. This account was first published in 1830, and records observations of a journey of 4500 miles, of which 3000 were hitherto unknown to Europeans.

The Rainforests of West Africa

Author: MARTIN

Publisher: Birkhäuser

ISBN: 3034877269

Category: Science

Page: 235

View: 1856

Nowhere eise in the world did industrialized countries leave such early marks in the rainforest as in West Africa. Past and present developments here are in one way or the other significant for rainforests on other continents as weil. West Africa is a pioneer in both a good and a bad sense. This is reason enough to take a closer Iook at the history of moist tropical West Africa. Until recently, no one really seemed to be interested in the rainforests except for a few specialists. The world's scientific community neglected to study the incalculable riches of tropical forests, to make the public aware of them and their due importance. Although interdisciplinary research has been a popular topic for some decades now, it was not applied to just the most complex habitat on earth. Scientists from all fields studied only that which was easiest to record, seemingly blind to a myriad of details awaiting closer examination. Botanists wentabout establishing their herbariums and paid much too little attention to the vegetation as a whole, or to the significance of useful plants for local populations. Zoologists, too, busied themselves with collecting and describing species. Anthropologists, on the other hand, tended to overlook faunal details: in their ignorance of the animal world, they wrote of tigers and deer in Africa. And finally, foresters saw neither the forest nor the trees for the timber - and even confused rainforests with monocultures of fir trees.

At the Desert's Green Edge

Author: Amadeo M. Rea

Publisher: University of Arizona Press

ISBN: 0816534292

Category: Nature

Page: 460

View: 6403

Winner of the Society for Economic Botany's Klinger Book Award, this is the first complete ethnobotany of the Gila River Pima, presented from the perspective of the Pimas themselves.

Africa’s Top Geological Sites

Author: Richard Viljoen

Publisher: Penguin Random House South Africa

ISBN: 1775845389

Category: Science

Page: 336

View: 6152

Africa is home to more than the Cradle of Humankind. It was the core of the ancient supercontinent Pangaea, and comprises some of the oldest and most extraordinary geology on planet Earth. This detailed and colourful book features 44 of the continent's most spectacular and interesting 'geosites', from Table Mountain in the south to the eroded necks and plugs of the Hoggar region in Algeria; and from the volcanic islands of the Atlantic Ocean to the continental fragments off the African east coast. Each site is authored by a geologist (or specialist in a related field) with in-depth knowledge about the particular feature or landform: how it formed and developed, its current geological status, ecological impact, and its archaeological and cultural interest. Supported with many photographs, maps, satellite images and explanatory illustrations, the text is accessible to geologists and lay enthusiasts alike, unpacking the hows and whys of Africa's most intriguing landforms, sites and geological features.

Garden and Forest

Author: Charles Sprague Sargent

Publisher: N.A


Category: Botany

Page: 648

View: 5907

A journal of horticulture, landscape art, and forestry.