THE MALDIVE ISLANDS

GENEALOGY

ADITYAVAMSA (SOLAR) DYNASTY

Sri Svasti Sri Surudasaruna Aditya Maha Radun, 1st King of Deva Mari, supposed son of Sri Brahma Aditya, King of Kalinja. He angered his father, who expelled him from Kalinja, forcing him to journey to the Maldives where he esablished a new kingdom in Dheeva Ma'ari.
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Fl 658-662 AD Svasti Sri Bala Aditya Maha Radun, King of Deva Mahal. He dispatched a large embassy to the Emperor of China in 658 AD, follwed by another in 662.
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Svasti Sri Damaha'ara Maha Rehendi, Queen of Deva Mahal*, the last of the Solar race. m. Svasti Sri Bala Aditya Maha Radun, King of Deva Mahal, the first ruler of the Lunar race - see below.
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*The Arab geographer Sharif 'Abdu'llah bin Idris al-Idrisi (fl 1099-1166) wrote in his "Kitab Nuzhat Al Mushtaq Fi Ikhtiraq Al Afaq" (1150 AD), working from earlier reports related to him by the agents of his patron, King Roger of Sicily or quoting from an earlier work by Al-Jawaliqi (1135 AD):
"This queen is called D-m-h-ra. She wears garments of woven gold, and her headwear is a crown of gold studded with various kinds of rubies and precious stones. She wears gold sandals. ... On ceremonial occasions, and the feast days of her sect, this queen rides with her slave girls behind her, in full procession of elephants, banners and trumpets, while the king and all other ministers follow her at a distance. This queen has riches, which she collects by means of certain known taxes, and she then gives in charity the wealth thus acquired to the needy inhabitants of her country on that day. She does not distribute any portion of her charity except when she is present and watching".
If this is a correct and faithful translation, the passage suggests that the husband of the Queen served in a subordinate capacity as a minister or high ranking official. A remarkably similar state of affairs to that reported by Ibn Batuta two centuries later. His clear error over "Sultan" Ahmad Shanfuraza and the discrepancy of his dates with those of the tarikh, opens up an intriguing question about Ibn Batuta. Could the similarity be due to coincidence or plagiarism?
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continued on the next page.
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