While the Maldives is famed the world over for its leisure attractions, not all know that it has a rich culture too and here’s more on this captivating aspect.
Religion & Livelihood
This Indian Ocean nation is a Muslim country and the teachings of Islam are intertwined in the local culture including beliefs, customs and laws. When it comes to livelihood, fishing is the most popular traditional pastime which can be seen even today. Look to stay at a Maldives resort that offers excursions to local islands including Male where you can experience this culture first-hand.
Music & Dance
Interestingly, certain local music and dance have been influenced by African culture, a result of trade with African nations in the days of old. Boduberu which translates to “Big Drum” is a traditional form of music which incorporates the beating of drums, singing and dance. At resorts like Kurumba Maldives, you can witness Boduberu performances be it as part of evening entrainment or a renewal of vows ceremony.
Arts & Crafts
The country is known for its skilled craftwork as well which can be seen in the intricate products that are created here. These include wicker mats that are made entirely by hand with the skill being passed down from generation to generation. Maldivians are also popular for their ornate wood carvings as well as colourful lacquer work on wooden objects that make for ideal souvenirs too.
Cuisine & Dishes
A great part of experiencing a foreign culture is sampling its food and the Maldives is no exception! The local cuisine has been influenced by nearby Sri Lanka and India as well as from trade with Arab nations. Not surprisingly, the use of coconut and fish is prevalent while there are many dishes to try; these include mas huni (a breakfast dish made with tuna), garudhiya (a fish broth) and spicy curries with fish, other meats or veggies.