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Xavier Romero Frías

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Xavier Romero Frías (born 1954) is a Spanish writer and scholar. He lived among the Maldivians over a 13-year period. His present residence is in Bangkok, Thailand. Xavier Romero Frías' books on local legends and traditions have been banned by the government of the Maldives. Works Xavier Romero Frías investigated the folklore and oral tradition of the Maldives beginning in 1979. In order to achieve his goal he learned two dialects of the Maldivian language fluently and understood well others, gaining also deep knowledge of the Maldivian writing systems and Arabic. During his years in the Maldives, Romero Frías took a special interest in compiling the traditions of the Maldives by becoming friendly with the elders of the islands he visited. Before Romero Frías did this work, very few of the Maldivian stories and legends were in written form. Romero Frías completed the English translation of about hundred Maldivian legends and tales about local ghosts and semi-historical my
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