or Maldive Folklore
is the body of myths, tales and anecdotes belonging to the oral tradition of Maldivians
. Even though some of the Maldivian myths were already mentioned briefly by British commissioner in Ceylon HCP Bell
towards the end of the 19th century,HCP Bell, The Máldive Islands: An account of the Physical Features, History, Inhabitants, Productions and Trade.
Colombo 1883 their study and publication were carried out only quite recently by Spanish writer and artist Xavier Romero-Frias
, at a time when that ancestral worldview was quickly disappearing.Xavier Romero-Frias, The Maldive Islanders, A Study of the Popular Culture of an Ancient Ocean Kingdom
lie in the warm equatorial area of the Indian Ocean surrounded by very deep waters. This nation is made up exclusively of coral atolls. There are about 1,200 small flat and sandy islands, but only about 200 of them are inhabited.
The Maldives have been continuously populated for millennia; therefore the folklore of these islands is very ancient.
Myths of origin
The main myths of origin are reflecting the dependence of the Maldivians on the coconut
tree and the tuna
fish.A legend says that the first inhabitants of the Maldives died in great numbers, but a great sorcerer or fandita
man made coconut trees grow out of the skulls of the buried corpses of the first settlers. Therefore the coconut tree is said to have an... Read More