• One day, the King was hunting with his hounds when he came across a “mouse deer,” an animal generally as small and as meek as its name implies. Instead of running away, however, the brave critter fought back. An impressed Parameswara decided that a place where even the diminutive mouse deer was tough was a good spot to set up shop, and thus was founded the Malacca Sultanate.

Photography by David Hagerman

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