Thoddoo [monastery?], (on) Thoddoo Is., Alif Alif, MV

Raw data

"Thoddoo (Alif Alif Atoll) […] is one of the inhabited islands of Alif Alif Atoll in the Republic of Maldives.
Lat 4.436944, Long 72.959444"

"Ruins of Buddhist buildings from the second or third century B.C. have been found on the islands, including a stone head of Buddha on Thoddoo Island."

["…] the head of a Buddha carved out of coral stone that was discovered in Thoddoo Atoll, circa 6-7th century. Buddhism had arrived on the shores of Maldives in 300 BC, with the ruins of stupas and temples which can still be found on some islands in the Indian Ocean archipelago."

"AsiaNews.IT 02/15/2012 16:43
Male (AsiaNews/Agencies) - After Islamists stormed into the Maldives National Museum and destroyed almost 30 Buddhist statues on 7 February, police has not yet discovered the attackers. A six-faced tantric Buddhist statue from the 9th century and the so-called Thoddoo head, a 50cm coral stone representation of the Buddha's head found on Thoddoo Island in the 1950s dating back to the 6th century, were among the objects destroyed."

Maldives - administrative subdivisions

Input by: tmciolek, Sep 18, 2012

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 14 Jan 2013

Lat/Long coordinates' accuracy:
The monastery in question is assumed to be situated actually no farther than 200m from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Thoddoo monastery?, MV.

General location of the Thoddoo monastery?, MV.
Lat 4.436944 Long 72.959444
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2012.

Google Map link:,%20MV)&ll=4.436944,72.959444&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Thoddoo [monastery?]

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • Maldives: Alif Alif, Thoddoo Island

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

  • [missing data]

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

  • [missing data]

6. Modern name of the known nearest city, town, or village

7. The settlement's alternative/historical names

  • [missing data]

8. The settlement's coordinates

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

  • Vajrayana - O'Shea (1998-2009)

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • [missing data]

11. Date-early

  • MBM chrono-tag: <=0200 - tmciolek 14 Jan 2013
  • <=0200 0200-32c 0233-66c 0267-99c 0300-32c 0333-66c 0367-99c 0400-32c 0433-66c 0467-99c 0500-32c 0533-66c 0567-99c 0600-32c 0633-66c 0667-99c 0700-32c 0733-66c 0767-99c 0800-32c 0833-66c 0867-99c 0900-32c 0933-66c 0967-99c 1000-32c 1033-66c 1067-99c 1100-32c 1133-66c 1167-99c dated-el 

12. Date-intermediate

13. Date-late

  • MBM chrono-tag: 1133-66c - tmciolek 14 Jan 2013

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • [missing data]

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • archaeological

16. Additional notes

  • [missing data] (incl. details of the size of the monastic population)

17. Corrections & addenda to this page were kindly provided by

  • [missing data]

18. Available Printed Literature

  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 1]
  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 2]
  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 3]

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