From neck stretching to fake braces, elepolo to duckblood pudding, or traditional to modern family life, each part of the many diverse cultures in Southeast Asia are greatly impacted by the geography of the region.
Southeast Asia is made up of a mainland peninsula and many islands. On the mainland, mountains cover much of the area to create high altitude mountain peaks and low river valleys. Each island is separated by the water that surrounds it. This shows how every part of Southeast Asia’s geography is different and separates the people living there from each other in different parts of the region.
Not having much communication leads the people in each specific town, village, or area to create and develop their own culture depending on their resources and climate.
For example, fashion and what is considered beautiful depends highly on the resources part of geography because the people rely on what they have right at their finger tips to use to make what they wear. Also, how hot or cold it is helps decide how much clothing they wear and what types of clothing they prefer. Another example is their different sports, such as elepolo. This is a popular sport in some parts of Southeast Asia because they have the animals, elephants, to use that changes the whole games to make it their own, unlike the in United States where we just use horses to play polo. One more example is the type of foods that are eaten in Southeast Asia. In the mountains, they have all of the different mountain animals to hunt and eat; on the islands, there are many different sea creators that the people can fish for and eat.
Therefore, geography has a great impact on diversity in Southeast Asia because where they live, what resources are available to them, and how separated they are from each other all effects their culture.