Maritime Southeast Asia

Maritime Southeast Asia

Maritime Southeast Asia refers to the maritime region of Southeast Asia as opposed to mainland Southeast Asia and comprises Brunei, Indonesia, East Malaysia, East Timor, the Philippines, and Singapore.[1] Maritime Southeast Asia is sometimes also referred to as "Island Southeast Asia" or "Insular Southeast Asia". The 19th-century term "Malay Archipelago" refers to a largely similar area. This region differs from Indochina in that its populations predominantly belong to the Austronesian (Malayo-Polynesian) group, and exhibit various maritime-based, tribal, and largely non-Sinicized cultures.


  • Cultural identity 1
  • Demography 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Cultural identity

The cultural identity of the region is seen as both part of "Farther India" or Greater India, as seen in Coedes' Indianized States of Southeast Asia, which refers to it as "Island Southeast Asia";[2] and within Austronesia or Oceania, due to shared ethnolinguistic and historical origins of the latter groups (Micronesian and Polynesian groups) being from this region.[3]


Over 350 million people live in the region, with the most populated island being Java. The people living there are predominantly from Austronesian subgroupings and correspondingly speak western Malayo-Polynesian languages. This region of Southeast Asia shares social and cultural ties with the peoples of Mainland Southeast Asia and with other Austronesian peoples in the Pacific. The main religions in this region are Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, and traditional Animism.

See also


  1. ^  
  2. ^ Coedes, G. (1968) The Indianized States of Southeast Asia Edited by Walter F. Vella. Translated by Susan Brown Cowing. Canberra: Australian National University Press. Introduction... The geographic area here called Farther India consists of Indonesia, or island Southeast Asia....
  3. ^ See the cultural macroregions of the world table below.

External links

  • Art of Island Southeast Asia, a full text exhibition catalog from The Metropolitan Museum of Art