Archaeologists from the Archaeological Institute of Ambon find tomb of ancient Islamic broadcaster Upuka Pandita Mahu Village Kailolo, Haruku Island. In some references the names associated with the name of Islam propagator figure named Ma Huang which is the guardian of Admiral Cheng Ho.
But not found evidence supporting whether Pandita Mahu is Ma Huang, bodyguard Admiral Cheng Ho. Archaeologists Wuri Handoko mengatkan Haruku Island has received the influence of Islam, among others, brought the preachers came from Arabia, Kingdom of Pasai Ocean, and the island of Java around the 15th century.
Generally, he said, they came through the Banda Islands, Central Maluku district. “Among the broadcasters, broadcaster, there is a man of Chinese descent named Ma Hwang. The locals call it by means lord Upuka Pandita Mahuang preachers Ma Hwang” he said.
He argues, based on various data and information regarding Pandita found Mahu or Ma Huang, the likely explanation is the antithesis of the previous western historian Anthony Reid is one of them.
Anthony, he said, explaining that the Cheng Ho’s expedition of 1371-1435 M never reach the Moluccas. In his explanation, he said, Reid also said China’s direct trade relations with the Moluccas only materialize until the mid-14th century AD, while the data on Haruku Island, found the influence of China, at least the mid-16th century.
“Studies on the Chinese elements in the repertory of Islamic culture is rather difficult, because the lack of archaeological data and historical archaeological sites that exist. Muslims are more convinced that the process of Islamization of the archipelago, especially in Java conducted by merchants and preachers or at least from the Arab Middle East, not China, “said Wuri Handoko.