Although the Maldivian constitution prohibits the practicing of any religion other than Islam, the museum’s recently destroyed collection of Buddhist and Hindu imagery and artifacts celebrated the early history of the island, when the majority of its residents practiced one of those two religions.
Despite claims made by newly appointed President Mohammed Waheed Hassan that “there is no extremist violent action in this country,” recent events suggest otherwise. We can only hope than Hassan makes more of an effort than his predecessor to protect and secure what little remains of pre-Islamic cultural heritage in the Maldives.
Originally posted by Joshua Mix on CulturalSecurity.net.
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