THE MALDIVE ISLANDS
ADITYAVAMSA (SOLAR) DYNASTY
- "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".
Copyrightę Christopher Buyers, August 2000 - October 2008