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Laccadive Mappilla

The inhabitants of Lakshadweep Islands are together known as Laccadive Mappilla. The word mappilla is a combination of two words - 'maha' (great) and 'pilla' (child). The early inhabitants of Lakshadweep islands came as Hindus. Inspired by the work of an Arab missionary, they converted to Islam. They have maintained a matrilineal society in spite of their Islamic beliefs.

Updated on 7th June, 2005


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