The politics of ‘home’ has to be the oldest and most primal of all our instincts.
Growing up in Southeast Asia, I learned of ‘The Old Guard’—the pioneers who embarked upon the quest of nation building post WWII.
Long before any era of history officially began, they had organised their societies based on irrigation--sharing the benefits and problems of those who found their destinies entwined with the monsoon.
Merong Mahawangsa, the founding father of Langkasuka, was a legendary warrior and ruler.
This is a spirit that is bent not only on revenge but on annihilation. But to what ends, exactly?
The staple food source in most of Southeast Asia is rice. It is a plant that acquires its nutrients from the water--and not the soil in which it grows.