18 Oct '17, 8am

S’pore has Peranakan Indians. They are known as Chetti Melakans. https://t.co/EpYRzg1oQx

S’pore has Peranakan Indians. They are known as Chetti Melakans. https://t.co/EpYRzg1oQx

When we think of the Peranakans, most of us will probably think of the Straits Chinese and their unique heritage, culture, and food. But Peranakans are actually more than just the Straits Chinese, even though they have become the predominantly associated group under that community. The word “Peranakan ” in Malay means “locally born”, which is essentially a generic term used to describe a group of people without ascribing any particular ethnicity to them. Advertisement Chetti Melakans Not all Peranakans have Chinese ancestry. Some are of Indian or South Asian descent. And a small but significant group of them are known as the Chetti (sometimes spelled as “Chitty”) Melakans. This community is descended from South Indian Tamil merchants who settled in our region during the 14th and 15th centuries, when the Malacca Sultanate was in power. Just like the ancestors of their Strai...

Full article: https://mothership.sg/2017/10/spore-has-peranakan-indians...

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