Saturday, September 27, 2003

Chittys of Melaka

Just read this interesting piece in the Star Online about a Chitty wedding ceremony.
The Chittys are a unique community in Malaysia mostly in the state of Malacca (or Melaka). They number around 2,000 people and date back to the 15th century when they migrated from the south Indian region from where is now the Indian state of Tamil nadu around 1420-1500 AD. This was when the Malacca Kingdom flourished. Many of them married local women, adopted some local Malay customs and language while retaining their own religion – Hinduism. Many Malaysians don't know that they are different from the Chettiars, traditionally moneylenders in the olden days. Read this interesting article from the online edition of NST.

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