Africa Islands Travel

Madagascar and Malagasy people

Written by Ales Maticic

Malagasy are the first Afro-Asians people living on Madagarscar. Malgasy  is absolute master of himself. His freedom has no controls or limitations: he goes where he love and want to go, he do what he want to do and at the way that he choose for him. He’s only restriction is not to hurt anyone with work that he does and with living that he’s living.

In Malagasy head never comes thought to control the thoughts and work of others. Each individual has his own way of life and his neighbors never bothered him.  In this respect, these islanders are much wiser than Europeans are. European people have some kind of heartlessly crazy wish, that all people in the world should support their habits, opinions and even prejudices.

But, Malagasy people are also known as diligent and hardworking people.

“On the very beginning they were all black people. Then God said, you should take a bath in a Grand Lake and you will become white. Due to fact, that there were a lot of people, there was a log cue in front of the lake. Malagasy were among the last people who came to the lake, and when they come to the lake, the lake has almost dried up.  There was only so much water, that they soaked their hands and feet in the lake. So, the Malagasy people stayed black, with bright hands and feet.”

This is the legend, and also answers to a Malagasy question, when they ask, why they are not white color.

Madagascar, the fourth largest island in the world that can compare in size to France, lies just 400 miles off the east African coast.

Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar, is a mixture of French and African architecture.

Despite this proximity and closeness, Madagascar is simply different, no matter to what you compare it to. Evolution embarked here its own path and most of the animals and vegetation that characterize this island are not found anywhere else on the planet.

Madagascar is a land with open and friendly people, taboos, and poor roads.

These are characteristics that unwittingly accompany research in this Red island and also have a strong influence on it. The rainy season the large part of the island is accessible only by air, while most local villages are completely cut off from the world. The so-called roads are then transformed into rivers of mud and sand. In the dry period the roads are mainly transportable, but hardened mud lumps and holes do not provide opportunities for fast driving. In good weather in a car you will need 2 hours to do 20 miles. There are also only few railway connections on Madagascar. Actually, there are only two.  Therefore, the more developed is a road traffic, with the typical small buses or vans which they call a taxi-brousse.

They are used for both; also for short distances and also for services lasting 48 hours or longer, sometimes up to a week.

“It is forbidden to lie with the head toward the south; it means that you will become a witch!”

People in Madagascar – Malagasy should have their roots in Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia).

About 2000 years ago they sail across the Indian Ocean and settled in this great island of Africa. On the island, in addition to beliefs that they brought with them a variety of invaders, the most popular cult is one of ancestors. This is the ritual worship of ancestors, which probably stems from the beginnings of the religion-related beliefs in the afterlife. The worship and sacrifice to live using the power of the ancestors, to increase the fertility of the people, animals and plants.

House, grave or a village are cult ancestral homes and therefore they are to worship. These habits of their ancestors are sacred to Malagasy people, and therefore they often refuse to accept new ways of farming and new cultures. This is also reflected in everyday life. There have been created commandments and prohibitions – Various taboos – in Malagasy language called »Fady«, which is in close connection with the past, present and future.

Fady word is originally from in Borneo. It means a taboo or prohibition. Malagasy people take Fady very seriously.   They are saying that they would rather die than to eat something forbidden. By nature Malagasy are very diligent and hardworking. However, since the power of Fady is so great for them, there isnot much time left for work.

Malagasy are the first Afro-Asians people living on Madagarscar. Malgasy  is absolute master of himself. His freedom has no controls or limitations: he goes where he love and want to go, he do what he want to do and at the way that he choose for him. He’s only restriction is not to hurt anyone with work that he does and with living that he’s living.  In Malagasy head never comes thought to control the thoughts and work of others. Each individual has his own way of life and his neighbors never bothered him.  In this respect, these islanders are much wiser than Europeans are. European people have some kind of heartlessly crazy wish, that all people in the world should support their habits, opinions and even prejudices.

But, Malagasy people are also known as diligent and hardworking people.

“On the very beginning they were all black people. Then God said, you should take a bath in a Grand Lake and you will become white. Due to fact, that there were a lot of people, there was a log cue in front of the lake. Malagasy were among the last people who came to the lake, and when they come to the lake, the lake has almost dried up.  There was only so much water, that they soaked their hands and feet in the lake. So, the Malagasy people stayed black, with bright hands and feet.”
This is the legend, and also answers to a Malagasy question, when they ask, why they are not white color.

Madagascar, the fourth largest island in the world that can compare in size to France, lies just 400 miles off the east African coast.
Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar, is a mixture of French and African architecture. Despite this proximity and closeness, Madagascar is simply different, no matter to what you compare it to. Evolution embarked here its own path and most of the animals and vegetation that characterize this island are not found anywhere else on the planet.
Madagascar is a land with open and friendly people, taboos, and poor roads. These are characteristics that unwittingly accompany research in this Red island and also have a strong influence on it. The rainy season the large part of the island is accessible only by air, while most local villages are completely cut off from the world. The so-called roads are then transformed into rivers of mud and sand. In the dry period the roads are mainly transportable, but hardened mud lumps and holes do not provide opportunities for fast driving. In good weather in a car you will need 2 hours to do 20 miles. There are also only few railway connections on Madagascar. Actually, there are only two.  Therefore, the more developed is a road traffic, with the typical small buses or vans which they call a taxi-brousse. They are used for both; also for short distances and also for services lasting 48 hours or longer, sometimes up to a week.

“It is forbidden to lie with the head toward the south; it means that you will become a witch!”
People in Madagascar – Malagasy should have their roots in Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia).

About 2000 years ago they sail across the Indian Ocean and settled in this great island of Africa. On the island, in addition to beliefs that they brought with them a variety of invaders, the most popular cult is one of ancestors. This is the ritual worship of ancestors, which probably stems from the beginnings of the religion-related beliefs in the afterlife. The worship and sacrifice to live using the power of the ancestors, to increase the fertility of the people, animals and plants. House, grave or a village are cult ancestral homes and therefore they are to worship. These habits of their ancestors are sacred to Malagasy people, and therefore they often refuse to accept new ways of farming and new cultures. This is also reflected in everyday life. There have been created commandments and prohibitions – Various taboos – in Malagasy language called »Fady«, which is in close connection with the past, present and future. Fady word is originally from in Borneo. It means a taboo or prohibition. Malagasy people take Fady very seriously.   They are saying that they would rather die than to eat something forbidden. By nature Malagasy are very diligent and hardworking. However, since the power of Fady is so great for them, there isnot much time left for work.

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