Institute of Oriental Studies
Selected cultural phenomena of the indigenous populations of insular Southeast Asia and the Pacific in contemporary sources of the 16th -17th century
Name of the supervisor
Mgr. Martina Bucková, PhD.
Faculty of Arts, Comenius University
Reports about indigenous populations of Pacific and Southeast Asia that were brought to the European continent in the 16th-17th century helped to form preconditions for colonial policies and trade and missionary activities. This thesis aims to analyse selected cultural phenomena of contemporary written sources with an accent on the cultures of pre-Christian, non-Islamic societies in the Austronesian world of insular Southeast Asia and the Pacific and their influence on trade, missionary, and colonial policies from the European perspective, but also the from the perspective of Imperial China, both within the context of its time.