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Bosch referred to Mookerji's vision of huge fleets of Indian adventurers, like Drakes and Cavendishes, crossing the sea to Farther India and Indonesia, founding kingdoms, establishing colonies, expanding the trade of their mother-country. 1 One interesting feature of India's national movement was the foundation in 1926 of the Greater India Society, whose name is a sufficient indication of the nature of its approach to South-East Asian studies. Its members saw the countries of South-East Asia as 'ancient Indian colonies'; indeed, R.
The Liang History says that he attacked ten kingdoms, and names four of them. There is some difficulty in identifying these, but his vassal states probably included the lower valleys of the Mekong and Tonie Sap and parts of the delta. He is thought also to have reduced the coastal strip from the Mekong-Donnai delta to Camranh Bay. One of his conquests has been identified with Ptolemy's Kattigara, which Paul Levy places in Cochin China.
Von Heine-Geldern identifies the shouldered axe with the culture of the Mon-Khmer peoples of the mainland, and thinks that the neolithic peoples who brought the rectangular axe culture spread also the Austronesian languages. Van Heekeren, on the other hand, rightly warns against identifying culture waves or migrations with the spread of a language, and points to the lack of archaeological confirmation for von HeineGeldern's theories. 1 The distribution of the rectangular axe culture does coincide roughly with that of the Austronesian languages, and it is noteworthy that its influences are found not oniy throughout Indonesia but also in places as far apart as Madagascar in the west and Easter Island in the east.