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National traditions of Maldives. Habits, mentality and the way of living

The unique Maldives culture is a mixture of cultures of different peoples who inhabited these Islands or moved to them from other countries. The mixture of traditions of many nationalities has given a unique flavor to the culture and traditions of the country. Scientists believe that the first settlers, Dravidians and Indo-Aryans, came from Sri Lanka and South India. African, Arab, and Asian sailors often visited the Maldives because the Islands were located on ancient trade routes. Local traditions are influenced by Indian, Sri Lankan, African, Arab, and Southeast Asian cultures.
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The Maldivians have their own language called Divehi. It is derived from Sanskrit and Sinhala. Hinduism and Buddhism were practiced on the Islands before the adoption of Islam in 1153 ad. This is confirmed by archaeological evidence found in various parts of the Maldives. Language and religion are an integral part of the culture of the local population. The Islamic center and mosque in the city of Malé is an amazing example of how different religions can get along together.
Music and dance are a matter of national pride and an integral part of the culture. It is believed that African slaves who settled in the Maldives in the early 19th century came up with "Bodu Beru". This is the most popular music direction in the state. Travelers should definitely visit local national dance schools. Various performances of famous artists are often held there. "Taara" and "Bandiyaa Jehun" are types of ritual dances that glorified various deities. Copyright
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Maldivians are very friendly and cheerful. They are always happy to welcome travelers. It seems that the smile never disappears from their faces. Maldivians have never been angry or sullen despite the poverty of the region and the small number of sources of food. Maldivians have mostly always lived off the ocean. They respect the sea and nature. Fishing for food has become a cultural tradition. This profession is passed down from generation to generation. Fishing is the second largest industry on the islands. About 22,000 people are employed in it.
Maldivians are mainly engaged in fishing by hand from reefs. A small vessel called Bokura is used for this type of fishing. These boats usually carry from 2 to 3 people. The trip lasts from 4 to 5 hours. Various types of baits, including food waste, octopus, live bait, and other types of seafood are used for this type of fishing. The type of bait varies depending on the fish caught. Reef fishing was practiced exclusively for family needs but not on a commercial scale in the past. Fishing has become commercial due to the country's contact with the outside world and the ever-growing demand from the international market and tourism industry.
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Coconut trees are another source of food. Coconut milk is added to almost all dishes. The coconut tree, known as "Dhivehi raa" (scientific name Cocos nucifera), is a good natural resource for islanders, related to their daily life. It is the most commonly grown tree in the Maldives. Coconut trees, which grow in abundance on all the Islands, are declared the national tree of the Republic. The National Emblem of the Republic of Maldives also contains an image of a coconut palm.
Most of the population of the Maldives is Muslim. The Constitution enshrines the principle of religious freedom. However, the rights of the small Christian population are still violated in practice. The situation of women here is generally better than in most Muslim countries. Women can visit public places, including at sporting events. But they stay separate from men. Women are not required to cover their faces but must cover their hair and shoulders. They have the right to education and actively use it. Many women work, do business, and participate in politics.
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Family is very important to Maldivians. Premarital relationships are condemned and even prosecuted. A marriage contract and mutual agreement between the parties are often signed at the time of marriage. Families are very friendly. The authority of the elders is unquestionable. The family ties are carefully maintained. Often young families continue to live with their parents. Maldivians rarely leave the country due to attachment to family and loyalty to traditions. They prefer to live in the place they were born and grew up. Maldivians are reluctant to make friends with foreign visitors. But globalization and a large influx of tourists have an impact on this aspect. Maldivians are becoming more open to the world.
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Maldives Island
The national language on the Islands is Divehi, but almost the entire population in the tourist areas and the capital speaks English, a little German, Italian and French. Since the Islands are small and inhabited by very small groups, the entire population of the islands is often perceived as a single family, where all members of the community care for each other, and the children are looked after by the whole world. Communities here are quite closed, there is almost zero communication between … Read more
Male Atoll
There is also a number of rules concerning clothes and public behaviour. For instance, you can’t wear beach or too revealing clothes when you’re in town. Light trousers, shirts, blouses with long sleeves would be just perfect. Moreover, there are also regulations when it comes to mosques. Besides, one is not allowed to swim or sunbath shirtless and speak to unfamiliar local women. It’s forbidden to litter on the streets and beaches – you’re likely to get a fine for doing so. What is … Read more

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