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The earth moves for Maumoon
Maldives Culture
20 July 2003

This month's earthquake in Maldives is the lastest omen as the presidential referendum draws near.

In June, an old and significant mango tree in the front yard of the Male' presidential palace fell down in a sudden storm, smashing an official plaque into five pieces. Such an event is seen by many Maldivians as a highly disturbing portent, and onlookers noticed the tree debris was cleared in record time.

  mango tree falls at president's palace in maldives

Reliable sources claim Gayyoom's in-laws buried a thaveedhu charm in Male' to protect the new regime at the start of Gayyoom's rule in 1978. With the National Security Service in attendance, it was placed beneath the flagpole at Endherimaage, the First Lady's family house. Maumoon Gayyoom lived there after his marriage to Nasreena Ibrahim and during the early part of his rule. The fanditha man assured his customers that as long as the thaveedhu remained in place, Gayyoom's presidency would continue.

Freak natural phenomena can invalidate fanditha, according to some practitioners.

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