Dhivehiރަންނަމާރި; "ranna" from Sanskrit; "ratna", "jewel"; and " māri", the DravidianMother goddess) is a Maldivian legend which chronicles the Maldivian people's conversion from Buddhismto Islam. According to the story, Rannamaari, a sea demon, haunted the people of the Maldives and had to be appeased monthly with the sacrifice of a virgin. On the last day of every month, the king would choose a girl to sacrifice and keep her in an isolated temple for one night. The girl would be found the next day dead.
Rannamaari has two versions, the traditional version and the one told by
According to the Moroccan traveler
Ibn Batuta, who visited the Maldives during his journeys through Asia,
*The Travels of Ibn Batuta.
*Xavier Romero-Frias, The Maldive Islanders, A Study of the Popular Culture of an Ancient Ocean Kingdom. Barcelona 1999, ISBN 84-7254-801-5
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