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People of Lakshadweep

The people of Lakshadweep Islands consist of four main communities- Aminidivis, Koyas, Malmis and Melacheris. Majority of the population follows Islam but there are other ethnic groups that inhabit the islands as well. The Aminidivis are believed to have been the first people that inhabited Lakshadweep. The Koyas are generally landowners with the Malmis working under them, while the Melacheris are the main labour community on the islands with their primary profession involving gathering of nuts from coconut trees.

All the communities follow their own rituals but take part in the others festivals and rituals as well and live in harmony.

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