One can easily see how southern South-East Asia – being largely maritime, ethnically very diverse and geo-economically a collection of trade routes – in dividing itself into zealous and jealous nation states over the last century, would as a region see racial and religious sentiments in the creating of stable national ethic majorities.
To be sure, the creation of a politically relevant sense of ethnic commonality has almost always depended on synchronised proselytisation of a common religion. Thus, communal sentiments have more often than not been constructed by means of an emotive complex of religious control and race construction.
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