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Culture of the Maldives and Maldivians were formed with a long history and mix of different travelers crossing the indian ocean in different directions.


Ethnicity
The origins of the Maldivian people are shrouded in mystery. Evidence suggests that Maldives has been populated as early as 4th century BC. It is evident that the first settlers were Indo-Aryan race from India. Historical records show that although small in numbers people have migrated from Arabia and eastern Africa. An anthropological survey carried out at the end of the 19th century shows that the Maldivian inhabitants had traits that revealed ancestral linkages with people from all corner of the Indian Ocean. Today, Maldivian are a mixed race with a population close to only 300,000.
Travelers to Maldives have commented on the Maldivian people as a kind hospitable people, a peaceful race and as a people who are kind to visitors and travelers.
The people of the Maldives are unified by a common history, faith and language. Although the islands are dispersed over a long stretch of ocean, there elements create a common bond that has kept Maldives unified as a nation for centuries.

Family Life
The close-knit island communities practice mutual aid to survive difficult circumstances. A system of extended families provides a safety net for members of a family going through a difficult period. In addition to the parents other members of the family also contribute in the care of children. Traditionally men go out fishing during the day and women are responsible to look after the affairs of the family and vary often the community. This remains so even today in smaller island communities.

Religion
Since Maldives embraced Islam in 1153, Island has been central to the life of Maldivians. The main events and festivals of Maldivian life follow the Muslim Calendar. From infancy children are taught the Arabic alphabet. Religious education is provided both at home and at school. Islam is part of the school curriculum and is taught concurrently with other subjects.

Language
Dhivehi is the language spoken in all parts of the Maldives. English is widely spoken by Maldivians and visitors can easily make themselves understood getting around the capital island. In the resorts, a variety of languages are spoken by the staff including English, German, French, Italian and Japanese.

Last Updated (Saturday, 11 September 2010 18:07)