Photo: Kampung Chetti, where a small community of Hindu Peranakans fights for cultural survival.

Kampung Chetti

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Kampung Chetti is home to a small tight-knit community of Hindu Peranakans. Like the more visible Straits Chinese, this is another of Melaka’s mixed heritage sub-groups: offspring of Indian Tamil traders and Malay locals, known as the Chetti (also Chitty).

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Their arrival is believed to date around the 13th or 14th century, making this group older than the Chinese Peranakan community. Like their counterparts in other of Melaka’s ethnically blended groups, the Chetti adopted Malay language and culture, but clung to their religious beliefs creating a unique hybrid culture. Many can’t speak Tamil, but their Malay creole is peppered with Tamil words, they dress in Malay clothes, the women in sarong and kabaya and their cuisine mixes Indian curries and Malay ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 600 words.)

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