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Bite-Size Lunchtime Talk with Ian Burnet

Past Event

Tuesday, 22 March 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago nation, comprising as many as 17,000 islands spread over the same distance as Los Angeles to New York, or Perth to Sydney. It is also the most culturally diverse nation on the planet, an extraordinary melange of races, religions, languages and cultures. Join Ian Burnet as he describes how the early Malay people came to these islands, and the influence of the Indian religions of Hinduism and Buddhism on the islands of Sumatra, Java and Bali. He discovers the heritage of the Indians, Chinese and Arabs who came here to trade in spices and sandalwood, he follows the rise of Islam and the traces of the first Europeans to enter Asia — the early Portuguese traders and priests. Events at the State Library of NSW are generously supported by Taylors Wines

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