Category Archives: Tradition & Lifestyle

Maldivian women and the “magic powder”

Mirror mirroron the wall…who is the fairest of them all? Maldivian women love to stay beautiful. They always use the available resources to preserve their beauty. “It is a beauty among women to have the hair very long, thick, and black; they dress and bathe it often… they let it float in the wind until it be perfectly… Read More »

The inventive artisan of Fuvahmulah

It was a sunny day. I was preparing to collect fish wastes from the harbor hoping to land a Giant Travally (Mudahandhi or Maamudu- my favorite predator in the ocean). I took my bike and I was riding through the small narrow roads of my district – Dhadimagu. Coincidentally I went down a road where a specialist man –  Thuhthu didi… Read More »

The private home for learning

About 30 years ago, every morning I went to a house in my district to learn Quran. Children of my age group gather at the house where “Dhatha” (meaning sister) tought us how to read and learn Quran. We all sat on a cement platform built in the household next to the yam fields. Dhatha took us versus… Read More »

Courageos living

Long ago, collecting rocks (gal– corals or limestone) from house reef was widespread throughout the islands. As there was no aggregate to build houses, people mined corals. Taking and collecting corals was an extremely difficult and daunting work. Men spent hours and hours under the blistering sun. People gather in the beach to collect corals. The extensive work is carried out… Read More »