Buddhism in Maldives?

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Buddhism in Maldives?

Postby Rakshasa » Fri Mar 01, 2013 9:04 pm

I was recently locating Maldives in the world map and reading about its history. I was pretty surprised by knowing that before being Islamicized, the Maldivian people followed Buddhism (even Mahayana and Vajrayana, though Theravada was dominant). Since ethnically, they are related to the Sinhalese and the Tamil people, it makes sense that they were Buddhists. Even the famous Moroccan traveler Ibn Batuta was known to have visited the place. This is very fascinating, since the Maldives islands are about 700 km from India and Sri Lanka in the middle of nowhere in the Indian Ocean. So I wonder how was Buddhism transmitted to these islands and what kind of Buddhism existed there,

Anyone has any more info about it?
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Re: Buddhism in Maldives?

Postby Aemilius » Sat Mar 02, 2013 10:19 am

See discussion in Dharmawheel http://www.dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=40&t=1542&hilit=madagascar
There were ancient searoutes between India and the horn of Africa. There is archeological evidence of indian cultural precence in ancient Zimbabwe. The history of the african state of Zimbabwe, before the colonial period, is noteworthy in this context. The name Zimbabwe could actually come from the sanskrit name Sambhava, etc...
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