Curiosities and traditions of Maldives

Kandu, Thila and Giri

The KANDU are channels between the islands, coral reefs and atolls. They are subject to currents that create environments suitable for soft corals. Inland waters of the atoll are an ideal habitat for the production of plankton, which crosses the kandu offshore, attracting big fish like manta rays and whale sharks. During times of monsoon from the south-west (May to September), usually the currents flow out through kandu places on the eastern side, while during the northeast monsoon (December to March) the outward flow affects the western side.
The THILA are coral formations that rise from the bottom of the atoll up to 5-15 from the water surface, it is often of particular seamounts. The top of the Thila is often covered with corals and frequented by many species of fish, while the slopes hidden caves and ledges.
TOURS are coral formations that reach a few meters from the water surface. They have characteristics in common with the THILA, but the surface is sometimes too close to the surface to soak..
I GIRI sono formazioni coralline che arrivano fino a pochi metri dalla superficie dell'acqua. Hanno caratteristiche in comune con i THILA, ma la superficie talvolta è troppo vicina alla superficie per immergersi.
GIRI are coral formations that reach a few meters from the water surface. They have characteristics in common with the THILA, but the surface is sometimes too close to the surface to soak.
GIRI and THILA are in KANDU, where currents rich in substances encourage the growth of soft corals. They are also present in the water all inside of the atolls, where the sea is warmer and less rough. The corals that grow on the laps and on thila protected are those who have suffered most of whitening of 1998 and are the ones who need more time for recovery.


Traditional dress

Young Maldivian love to dress casual with jeans and T-shirts, but the traditional dress now rare in Male but still used in official parades and in the islands of fishermen especially older women called Dhigu Hedhun, while the wedding ceremony, beautiful with an embroidery that rests on his shoulders and goes around the neck and is embellished with a lace of gold filigree is called Dhivehi Libaas. Introduced during the rule of Amin Didi in the 50s, are the national costumes, the fabric to pack them is called "Pakistan" in local slang or "Shalvar Kameez". The beauty of this simple two-piece (it is also used a scarf, but not always) is that it can be done in a variety of colors and different cuts, short, medium and long and sometimes has applied a secret pocket inside to hide their hands.. (from book "Dhivehi Raajje by A. Neville).


Streets numbers

A Male numbers of the streets you rarely use, so almost all houses and buildings have a name that can distinguish them, usually written in a picturesque English or in Thaana local alphabet. Some Maldivians prefer rustic names, like Crabtree (crab apple) or Oasis View (view oasis) or G-Meadow where G stands for Galolhu (the district where the dwelling is located) and Meadow lawn. But there are also Sweet Rose, the Luxury Garden, street or Carrot (carrot), or Sea Speed (sea) or Marine Dream, Blue Haven, Bright Blue (bright blue), Sun Dance, Sun Front, Sunny Coast, and well Plain Heat (intense heat) and opposite Shady side (side at 'shade). There is no lack reminiscences International, Paris Villa, and River Nile, or grotesque names as Frenzy (frenzy) and Mary Lightning (lightning called Mary), Ozone and Dawn Fresh (fresh dawn). A house is called Aston Villa, in honor of the English football team. (source Lonely Planet).


Dhevi, maldivian spirit

Despite the faith and observance of 'Islam, the Maldivians are very superstitious and believe in supernatural creatures called Dhevi (note that, in English devil, hell, it looks like in phonetics) considered invisible, but sometimes visible, able to move at sea, on land and even to pass through the barriers, to be helpful or damaging. Tradition has it that many anglers still believe in a Dhevi, called ODIVARU interests that rarely shows benign and usually damages the vessels, the fish and the very safety of fishermen. His spirit can be perceived as a long shadow, or under the guise of a black marlin or sailfish. The Dhevi said VIGANI is instead the lord of death, the cause of the sudden deaths and epidemics, is described as a little man or a monkey blanket of thick fur, which has a long proboscis which it uses to draw nourishment from the tombs. Then there is the BUDDEVI, spiritual leader of all Dhevi, lives in the forest, on the beach or in the vicinity of the abandoned houses, it appears after every storm, when water drips along the leaves of the coconut trees, and takes the shape of a cat or a man of robust physique. It is said that anyone seeing it fall victim to a terrible disease.  (stretch from the Maldives and Sri Lanka by M. Parmesani).