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What would we have seen in society and the life of Southeast Asia before 1500 AD?

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The main thing that we would notice about life and society in Southeast Asia before 1500 AD (so long as we do not go back too far) is that strong influence on the region from both China and India.  Southeast Asia was located close to both of these powerful and influential empires and was affected by both of them.

As one example of this, we would see the influence of Hinduism and Buddhism coming in from India.  The Funan...

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