Many chapters could be devoted, without much profit, to the dynastic successions, transitory empires and constant wars which, over the centuries, make up the chronicles of south-east Asia. However, since the source material deals almost exclusively with the affairs of ruling families, and frequently shows scant regard for credibility, much less truth — for instance, we are told that a Vietnamese king, Phat Ma, straightened a sagging pillar in a ruined temple simply by looking at it — it is largely unreliable.
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