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The period for Famadihana 26/08/2010 | 17:14:27

The central highlands’ inhabitants are famed for their tradition called Famadihana. Scientists, sociologists and writers have been providing various definitions for this phenomenon.

It is being described as an “exhumation”, and as a “process aiming at turning bodies around”. However, scientists studying the Malagasy culture finally agreed on the fact that no foreign expression was able to describe the tradition properly.

It is actually an opportunity to give honor to their own families’ dead. The Malagasy tradition is holding the dead as being granted a superior rank, as being closer to Zanahary, the almighty Father, than the living. The Famadihana is an occasion to rejoice in family, indeed in rural regions.

The Famadihana period is a cause for increasing travels on July throughout the central highlands, and consequently an occasion to rise suburban transportation’s ticket prices


 

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