Join Date: Dec 2004
Alan's post made me remember one of my books, Suvarnadvipa written by R.C.Majumdar.
The book deals with the colonizing of countries and islands of the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, Java, Bali and Borneo starting under the Saliendra kings from the end of the 8th century to beginning of the 11th century, and continuing in the palmy days of the empire of Majapahit.
I find the reading of the two volumes very interesting, ass it shows that the Indians in the early centuries had ships, which could move a lot of men, or they would not have been able to colonize other countries.
The Indians brought their religion, art, weapons and the symbolism with them, and some of it may have survived the following centuries.
Compare this katar to the one shown in post 7. The side guards are slimmer than the one shown above.