(local administrative code Seenu
) is the southernmost atoll
of the Maldives
There are not many islands in this atoll, but many of them are large compared to the average size of islands in the Maldives. Most inhabited islands in Addu are in the western reef and these are Hithadhoo
. All these islands are connected with each other through a road or causeway. The islands of Meedhoo
, and Hulhudhoo
share a large island in the east. The total population
of Addu Atoll is just over 28,000.
The dialect spoken in this atoll (Addu bas) is quite different from the official form of the Dhivehi language. It has some affinities with the language of Fua Mulaku Mulaku bas
.Traditionally all educated islanders from the three different atolls of the south adopted the Addu language as lingua franca. Hence, when for example an islander of Huvadhu met with another from Fua Mulaku, they would use the Addu bas to talk to each other. Addu bas is the most widespread and famous dialect in Maldives.The secessionist government of the United Suvadive Republic
) however, used the Male'
language in its official correspondence.
Addu society, as in all other parts of Maldives
, was distinguished by strong social divisions. Traditionally, the upper classes—with names like Don Seedi, Don Kaloa, Fulhu, Manik, and Didi—were close friends and relatives of the sultan and his royal family
. Yet, even among these families, there were marked... Read More