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Two Thousand Isles: Re-Discovering Maldives
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(Re)discovering Maldives
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- STORY: Birds of a Feather -

While most of the Maldives’ many bird species are considered harmless – except maybe the tricky Maakana – the House Crow, or kaalhu, is labelled a pest.

When your other half drops the ‘dhooni’ and starts calling you ‘bodu kaalheh’, it’s probably time to pack a bag.

But maybe there’s still hope. After all, the relationship between people and crows in the Maldives does go back a long way...

History together: https://twothousandisles.com/story/birds-of-a-feather/

Photograph: Naj

In association with +Ooredoo Maldives

#Maldives #Birds #Wildlife #Fuvahmulah #Addu #IndianOcean
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- 2K JOURNAL: Drawing Inspiration from Lahu -

It’s been kind of a grey week all over the Maldives it seems, so we’re really grateful to La Hu for bringing us some colour with this brilliant illustration for the Two Thousand Isles page.

Lahu’s graphic design work has already drawn a lot of admirers and, if you like this, you should really take a look at more of it here ( instagram.com/la_who )

The illustration is gonna take pride of place on our ‘About Us’ page ( https://twothousandisles.com/about/ ) from now, and if the weather doesn’t cheer up soon, maybe Lahu can draw this version of Naj & Dan on some adventures while we wait out the rain.

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#drawing #illustration #Lahu #twothousandisles #Naj #Dan #travel #Maldives

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- STORY: Stranger than Fiction -

Here are some ‘stories’ we were told while in the southern atolls – none of which could we identify as history or folklore* on first hearing.

You can check the extent to which they might be true at the bottom of the artice (if you really want to spoil the fun).

Hoping to hear many more very soon.

Fantastic facts: https://twothousandisles.com/story/stranger-than-fiction/

Image: Naj

In association with +Ooredoo Maldives

#Maldives #IndianOcean #FolkTales #History #Huvadhu
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- Beyya Beys -

Another story left over from our time in Gaafu Alif atoll.

Meeting Thutthu Beyya in Gemanafushi was a real pleasure…especially when he sang for us (it seems Dan reminded him of a distant relative!).

Great to hear the stories of such a well-respected man, and to learn more about Beyya’s beys.

See the whole story and all the pics here: https://twothousandisles.com/story/beyya-beys/

Photography: Naj

In association wkyy +Ooredoo Maldives

#Maldives #Huvadhu #Medicine #Health
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- Yaahunbaraas -

74 years ago, 39 men from Addu sailed for Colombo. Only two would ever come home, after enduring imprisonment, torture, and tragedy.

The dramatic story of how World War Two came to Addu is seldom heard outside of the atoll, but is one that should never be forgotten.

Special thanks to Misbah Nazeer and Ibrahim Firaq for your help in our work.

Long-form Article: http://twothousandisles.com/story/yaahunbaraas/

Blog Post: http://twothousandisles.com/2k-journal/finding-yaahunbaraas/

Colour Photographs: Naj

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#Maldives #Addu #Hithadhoo #WorldWarTwo #IndianOcean #History
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- Redi or Not? -

With the Maldives’ recorded history stretching back just under a thousand years, more than half of the archipelago's human inhabitation can be considered the Dhivehi dark ages.

But the greater the mystery, the more the intrigue, and few stories hold as much as that of the 'Redhin’ (or Redi) people.

Did Thor Heyerdahl find evidence of a sophisticated pre-Buddhist civilisation, hidden in the debris of HCP Bell’s Buddhist finds? Or are the so-called 'redhin’ people just an amalgam of two millenia’s tall tales?

Find the mysterious Maldivians: http://twothousandisles.com/story/redi-or-not/

Photography: Naj

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#Maldives #Heyerdahl #IndianOcean #History #Atolls
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- Untapped -

Adam Mohamed still carries a small knife with him everywhere he goes. The essential app for the southern gent, before the world got ‘smart’. The trusted tool for the toddy tapper, who still draws regularly upon centuries of island tradition.

But sit down with Adam – or ‘Maamaa Beyya’ – in Kanduhulhudhoo, alongside the trees to which he still tends, and you’ll realise he’s collected far more than toddy. His stories cover 88 years of torrential history, quickly filling the ears of any who want a taste of history.

Torrential History: http://twothousandisles.com/story/untapped/

Photography: Naj

In association with +Ooredoo Maldives​​

#Maldives #Huvadhu #IndianOcean #ToddyTapper
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