Maalhos (Baa Atoll)

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Maalhos
Inhabited island
Maalhos is located in Maldives
Maalhos
Maalhos
Location in Maldives
Coordinates: 05°08′06″N 73°06′30″E / 5.13500°N 73.10833°E / 5.13500; 73.10833Coordinates: 05°08′06″N 73°06′30″E / 5.13500°N 73.10833°E / 5.13500; 73.10833
Country Maldives
Administrative atoll Baa Atoll
Distance to Malé 114.67 km (71.25 mi)
Dimensions
 • Length 7.650 km (4.753 mi)
 • Width 0.500 km (0.311 mi)
Population
 • Total 545
Time zone MST (UTC+05:00)
For other islands, see Maalhos (disambiguation) and Maalhos.

Maalhos (Dhivehi: މާޅޮސް) is one of the inhabited islands of Southern Maalhosmadulhu Atoll, code letter Baa Atoll.

Anthropology[edit]

In this island there is the custom once every year to take a bath in seven different wells (haiy valhuń feń veruń). This is probably an ancestral Dravidian custom. The Pulaya or Cheruman, an agricultural caste of Kerala, used to take a bath in seven different tanks when they were considering themselves polluted. During the eid festival men cooks (firihenun kekkun) and give a dinner for ladys and then women cooks (anhenun kekkun) and give a dinner to all men in the island. jungle parade which the people of maalhos do is a modified edition of the parade which the armies do.

History[edit]

By historical researches the researchers have foud that Buddhism was the main religion of Maalhos. Hassan Ibraahim (aaveli) found a damaged part of a budda head from the old grave yard.

References[edit]

  • Xavier Romero-Frias, The Maldive Islanders, A Study of the Popular Culture of an Ancient Ocean Kingdom. Barcelona 1999, ISBN 84-7254-801-5
  • E. Thurston, ‘Castes and Tribes of S. India’, Vol. 2.