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Test Your Knowledge on Gupta Dynasty- Part 3

Gupta_DynastyThe Gupta period produced scholars such as Kalidasa, Aryabhata, Varahamihira, Vishnu Sharma and Vatsyayana who made great advancements in many academic fields. Science and political administration reached new heights during the Gupta era.Strong trade ties also made the region an important cultural center and set the region up as a base that would influence nearby kingdoms and regions in Burma, Sri Lanka, Malay Archipelago and Indochina.

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  1. i need help

  2. in Kepulauan Nusantara

  3. Morgan McDougall
    March 11, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    The first people arrived in Australia 40 000 to 60 000 BC, but possibly as early as 70 000 BC.

    These original inhabitants first arrived when Australia and New Guinea were joined forming the landmass known as Sahul.

    These peoples had made the (shortened) sea-crossing from the islands of Wallacea and Sundaland (the present Malay Archipelago) before 40 000 BC,

    What sort of boats did they use. How big were they and what were they made of.

  4. Is Thailand included?

  5. Humans first inhabited New Guinea, Australia, and Tasmania around 40k y.a., when the First Wave of H. s. sapiens migrating out of Africa eventually found their way to Sunda, then to Sahul. This theory is supported by both archaeogenetic (e.g., 1st branch of M haplogroups) and linguistic (e.g., distinctness of Papuan and Australian tongues) evidence. Fast fwd 35,000yrs. A group of Formosans venture out of present-day Taiwan to begin the great Austronesian Expansion, re-‘colonizing’ most of Malay Archipelago and beyond. While their legacy is great, they didn’t fully displace the original Papuans and Australians.

    So what happened to the peoples of Sumatra, Java, Borneo, etc. BEFORE the Austronesians veni-vidi-vicied? They would have descended from the First Wave, looked like Papuans, and spoken similar languages. Why were they displaced/assimilated into Austronesian cultures but their Papuan cousins spared? What made them so unlucky? And where are their archaeological remains?
    You are right there are healthy debates concerning the details of the pre-Austronesian habitation of the Malay Archipelago, Melanesia, and Australia (e.g., one wave or multiple waves, out-of-Africa or multi-regional, exactly how many tens of thousands of years ago).

    Regardless, by the time the expanding Austronesians reached Luzon circa 5000-3000 BCE, there must have been a mixture of peoples populating the Malay Arch and beyond. Looking at the composition of the cultures and languages of Oceania of 1500 CE (pre-European), I think it is fair (or is it?) to make the observation that: 1) Austronesians had ‘overrun’ most of the Malay Arch; 2) pre-Austronesian Papuans and Australians largely remained in place. I am curious why the difference in fates? Was the Malay Arch more sparsely populated? Were these ‘indigenous Malays’ less equipped to defend themselves against the weapons or diseases of the Austronesian invaders?

  6. Yes I did say Vesuvius in South Italy near Naples. Anybody want to answer this question with a proper & educated answer?
    Thank you!

  7. who knows about Malay (Melayu) language? The answers should only be given by people outside of Malay Archipelago (Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, The Phillipines, Thailand)

  8. i’m malay that live in malaysia.nowadays i’ve seen a lot of my friend hv variety of human being ( i’m not so good in english) such in skin colour , face , shape of eye or else.i’ve seen my friend have a white colour like chinese skin , i’ve seen my friend have black colour like indian n also hv midlle skin ( not so white or so black).they also hv red skin ( such as white people skin but not so many of them.just a little).all of them is malay.also their face also looks like chinese ,arab , europe(not much of them) ,indian. it just something i can differentiate with other race.bcoz all malay hv alot of variety.for example my classmates is a malay.n she totally looks like a chinese hv a white skin , n her eyes is small like chinese but her parents is both malay.she isnt mixed at all.same as othwr friend of what is malay actually?some people said that malay is mixed from all around the world when malay archipelago being a place for trading

  9. PLEASE Translate this into Malay ( You can shorten if you want to ) and I WILL Give the person that does the MOST , 10 POINTS.

    The person who translates the MOST, OR ALL WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED – gets 10 POINTS .

    1400 AD – 1511 AD
    Until the 15th century, the Hindu kingdoms of peninsular Malaysia were largely overshadowed by neighboring kingdoms in Cambodia and Indonesia. The strongest of these kingdoms was called Srivijaya, and the records of Chinese, Indian, and Arab traders laud it as the best trading port in the region. It was the first great maritime kingdom in the Malay archipelago, and other ports quickly emulated its success. At some time around the 13th century, as other entrepots emerged, Srivijaya’s influence declined. The lack of a strong central power, coupled with the ever-present nuisance of pirates, amplified the need for secure, well-equipped port in the region. Fate would make this port the city of Malacca.
    According to the Malay Annals, Malacca was founded in 1400 by a fleeing Palembang prince named Parameswara. Its rise from a village of royal refugees to a wealthy kingdom was swift. Perfectly located for trade, within 50 years it was the most influential port in Southeast Asia. At any one time, ships from a dozen kingdoms great and small could be seen in the harbor. With these traders came Islam, and Malacca’s rulers now referred to themselves as “sultans.” The sultans were the heads of a highly organized municipal government, whose main purpose was to facilitate trade. Every incoming ship was met by a multilingual harbor captain, whose staff would see to all the vessel’s needs. There were also guarded storehouses where goods from the interior and abroad could be stored until traders arrived. Most importantly, Malacca was able to control what had always been the bane of trade in the Straits area – pirates. By building alliances with outlying tribes and ports, Malacca established a kind of regional “navy” that policed the local waters and escorted friendly vessels.
    With the success and power it enjoyed, Malacca came to control the entire west coast of the Malay peninsula, the kingdom of Pahang, and much of Sumatra. At the height of its power, however, fate would ruin the city as quickly as it built it up. In 1511, the Portugeuse arrived, beginning a colonial legacy that would last well into the 20th century.

  10. What coins was used, its name, features, where, when, by whom etc. etc

  11. We have this folklore titled “Singapura dilanggar Todak” which means “Singapore hit by swordfish”. It is folklore originating from the Malay Archipelago about a school of swordfish coming to attack the island and preying on the fishermen who go out to sea. That is clearly fictional but I was wondering whether there has been any documented cases of swordfishes leaping out of the water and killing people. I read an article about a swordfish killing a Japanese fisherman many years ago but the nature of his death was not described.

  12. Here is the whole question. Darwin’s work built on the ideas of earlier scientists. Give two examples of scientists whose work laid the foundation for Darwin’s theory of evolution. Also, describe the nature of their contribution and how it affected the development of Darwin’s theory.

  13. a.British isles
    b.fertile crescent
    c.Indian subcontinent
    d.Malay archipelago

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