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Melaka Chitties: the story of the unique and colourful Melaka-born Hindu community


Muthusamy, Paramasivam and Karpaya, Narayanasamy (2017) Melaka Chitties: the story of the unique and colourful Melaka-born Hindu community. Universiti Putra Malaysia Press, Serdang, Selangor. ISBN 9789673447435


Assimilation and acculturation through the centuries have created some distinctly unique communities that have survived the challenges of time to survive till today in Malaysia. One such community is the Melaka Chitties that has origin from the Melaka Sultanate period, when the Tamil-Hindu traders from the Indian sub-continent were one of the many others, including the chinese, the Javanese and the Arabs who frequented Melaka in the fifteenth century. The distinct chitty community evolved through inter-marriage between the male traders and the local women, with a stauch adherence to Hinduism in their families. The Malay language, as the local language, was gradually adopted as its mother tongue by this emerging community that lived in Kampung Keling in Melaka. We present the story of this community, the cultural traits that it has retained through the centuries, its present position and the challenges that it is facing today. An integral part of the story of Malaysia.

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Item Type: Book
Call Number: DS595.2 E2P222 2017
Divisions: Faculty of Modern Language and Communication
Publisher: Universiti Putra Malaysia Press
Keywords: Chitties; History; Melaka; Malaysia
Depositing User: Ms. Ainur Aqidah Hamzah
Date Deposited: 31 May 2022 20:30
Last Modified: 31 May 2022 20:30
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/61369
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