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Carion, a village with a strange name 16/12/2013 | 16:30:27

The same question pops up over and over again when visiting this rural place, namely why on earth such a name which sounds like everything but Malagasy.




The village of Carion is used to watch students and young trainees coming and going by for the  
ministerial department in charge of the youth has long been using a training center settled in this  
wonderful region. The largest part of these temporary visitors has no time to investigate the origins of  
this unconventional name properly. Most of the time, foreigners are the ones startled by the very  
seldom Madagascan villages carrying such strange names. The village was basically named after  
one of the French officers who once contributed to the construction of railroads between Toamasina  
(East) and the capital city Antananarivo, back into the colonial era. Just like the village of Carion,  
many other ones throughout the country have been named following the same pattern. The village of  
Perinet, for example, is a purely Madagascan village named after another colonial engineer who  
extended railroads up to there, about 20 miles away from the Capital city. As expected, the  
traditional architecture now towered by modern structures still survives the meanders of time


 

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