August 8 is ASEAN Day
Posted on 08 August 2021
By NQC Secretariat
Boxer Codex is a late 16th-century manuscript in Spanish about the customs and ways of life of various peoples in the present-day Southeast and East Asia regions, now a property of The Lilly Library, Indiana University. Lifted from here are the representative illustrations of Brunei (a man from Brunei), Cambodia (a man from “Tampochia,” as spelled in the codex), Indonesia (a Maluku noble lady), Malaysia (a man from “Temquigui,” which Prof. Charles Robert Boxer, the previous owner of the codex, theorized to be the present-day Pulau Tinggi, off the coast of Malay Peninsula), the Philippines (a Visayan noble lady), Thailand (a man from Siam, the old name of Thailand), and Vietnam (a Giao Chi lady in present-day Hanoi).
The illustrations for Myanmar (a Burmese lady) and Singapore (a Malay lady) are from Códice Casanatense, also a 16th-century manuscript in Portuguese about Southeast and South Asia, now part of the collection of the Biblioteca Casanatense in Rome.
Designated for Laos is the illustration of Phralak, the Lao (and also Thai) name of Lakshmana, brother of Rama, in the Lao version of the epic Ramayana (Phra Lak Phra Ram in the Lao language). It is from a page in a 19th-century Thai manuscript of the epic found in the British Library Digital Collection (see Or.14229, f. 29).
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