The Megalithic Culture Of Indonesia
William James Perry
Megalithic monuments are usually defined as structures made of large stones, usually rough and unhewn. They are found around the world and are typically associated with ancient megalithic culture.
The Indonesian archipelago is the host of Austronesian megalithic culture both past and present. Due to the geographical conditions, some parts of the interior or these distant islands were virtually isolated from the rest of the world. When early explorers encountered these cultures they discovers a living megalithic culture with traditions that had not been seen in Europe in millennia.
Megalith sites and structures are found across Indonesia, the East Indian Archipelago, Assam, Burma, the Malay Peninsula, the Philippines and Formosa. Menhirs, dolmens, stone tables, ancestral stone statues, and step pyramid structure called Punden Berundak were discovered in various sites in Java, Sumatra, Sulawesi, and the Lesser Sunda Islands.
William James Perry (1887–1949), usually known as W. J. Perry, was a leader in cultural anthropology at University College, London. He was a professor of Comparative Religion at the University of Manchester and published several books, including The Megalithic Culture of Indonesia. Children of the Sun, his best-known work, is considered a classic in the field.
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