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Title: Lōmāfānu  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Maldivian literature, History of the Maldives, Maldivian language, Isdhoo (Laamu Atoll), Haddhunmathi Atoll
Collection: History of the Maldives
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Isdhoo Lōmāfānu is the oldest copper-plate book to have been discovered in the Maldives to date. The book was written in AD 1194 (590 AH) in the Evēla form of the Divehi akuru, during the reign of Siri Fennaadheettha Mahaa Radun (Dhinei Kalaminja).

Lōlmāfānu (or lolamaafaanu) are Maldivian texts in the form of copper plates on which inscriptions have been added. Many Old Maldivian historical texts are found only in lōmāfānu form, with the oldest of the plates dating from the twelfth century AD. The Divehi Akuru script used on the plates was named "eveyla akuru" by H. C. P. Bell, who claimed that it resembled medieval Sinhala script.

According to the Isdū Lōmāfānu, monks from monasteries of the southern atoll of Haddhunmathi were brought to Malé and beheaded. Besides the lōmāfānu plates found in Haddhunmathi Atoll, one of the most important Maldivian copper plates is the Bodugalu Miskiy Lōmāfānu found in Malé.

See also


  • Ali Najeeb, Dambidū Lōmāfānu. Council for Linguistic and Historical Research. Malé 2001.
  • HCP Bell, The Maldive islands. Monograph on the History, Archaeology and Epigraphy. Reprint 1940 edn. Malé 1986.
  • Bodufenvahuge Sidi. Divehi Akuru; Evvana Bai. Malé 1958.
  • H.A. Maniku & G.D. Wijayawardhana, Isdhoo Loamaafaanu.
  • Romero-Frias, Xavier. The Maldive Islanders, A Study of the Popular Culture of an Ancient Ocean Kingdom. Barcelona 1999.

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