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Religion in Maldives

In 1153 AD all Maldivians converted to Islam. The story goes: once upon a time the islands belonged to a sun-worshipping people called the Redins. The Redins were a god-fearing society who obeyed the commands of the ruling spirits and lived by their strict code of superstitious beliefs and customs. However, often things would go wrong and this was due to the evil mischief making ‘jinnis’, the resident community of evil spirits. The Redins disappeared around 500BC but the jinnis continued on and one particularly nasty one, a sea-jinni called Rannamari demanded routine sacrifices of virgin girls. In 1153 the turning point came when Abu Al Barkat, a traveling Muslim Moor exorcised the jinni by reciting verses from the Koran at the sacrificial altar. That was when Maldivians converted to Islam and today the entire local population is Sunni Muslim.

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