Thursday, January 16, 2014

Melaka | Chetti, Chettiar and Mamak. The difference.

Chetti, Chettiar and Mamak. The difference.
Take a random guess. 
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Chetti Community
Chetti community originated from a small village or town in Kalingapatnam which is located Andhra Pradesh, in the south east of India. Kalingapatnam or 'Kalinggam' is known as 'Keling Continent', this is also how or where the word 'Keling' derive from (and not because of the sound of their anklet).

Chetti are big time traders that frequented Melaka during 16th century to trade spices and silk. Some of the settled down in Melaka and married the locals.

Chettiar Community
Coming from prosperous banking and reputable business community in south India, the Nattukottai Chettiar comunity are elite bankers migrated to South East Asia during the during the British empire. The Chettiars are very organise in banking, they introduced the concept of double entry in book-keeping.

They were the money lender or provider to help build Malaysia economy back then.

Mamak community (known locally in Malaysia) originated from Malabar, south west of India. Mamak or Muslim Mappila or Jonaka Mappila are community resulted from pre/post-Islamic Arab contacts (Mughal). Famous for Thalassery biriyani, a Mughal-Arab influence rice and dish is made famous around the world, other popular Mughali food are tandoori, naan and roti.

Chetti Museum was officially launch in 5th August 2003 funded by Melaka State Government under the supervision of  Melaka Museum. All the artifacts showcased are from personal collection of the Chetti community here.

Chetti or Hindu Peranakan (similar to the Baba and Nyonya of Cina Peranakan) settled in Melaka 500 years ago during Melaka's golden era, some ended up marrying the locals hence adopting the Malay cultural and language while practicing the Hindu religion. This hybrid community creates a very distinctively fused and unique cultural and heritage, it is shown in dishes like haram jadda (click HERE for story) where the use of coconut milk but not the curry powder nor leaf, consume fish and meat but not pork, yet surprisingly observe the Hindu vegetarian Friday.

Some customs practiced by the Chetti like cukur jambul and wedding dowry are similar to the Malays.

The Chetti village consist of 30-40 houses of very close knitted community where everyone knows everyone or related in one way or another.

Kolem drawn at the street is still being practiced actively.

Chetti Museum
Address : Jalan Gajah Berang, Melaka 
Tel : +6019-6677226 / +606-2826526 
Coordinates : 2°12'13"N   102°14'29"E
Opening Time : 9am - 5pm (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)
Entrance Fee : RM2 for adults and RM0.50 for children.

 A #VMY2014 #Melaka Media Fam Trip in collaboration with #GayaTravel


Unknown said...

Murah entrance fee..leh bawak icam hehe

Sifu Sempoi said...

nice...nak p jalan2 melaka tgh scout around tempat2 so senang nak blog nanti :)

Good luck on the award!

Khai said...

Tak pernah tau pun beza antara semua ni. Ingat sama jaa. hahaha

Lily Riani said...


sila2... but I rasa cam limited gak tpt2 menarik aside from those we have been. kena cari benda baru lak lah kot


sila sila. jemput jemput... jumpa bahan nnt share2 lerrr :)


I tau ada beza but I tak tau apa perbezaannye. enlightening sangat

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