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3 days in Antsirabe

Trip to the south of Tana by Car !! With Carlos and his son. We were lucky and honoured to be invited to a famadihana (ceremonie du retournement des morts) by the family of a friend.

sunny 25 °C

We left Tana on thursday morning, and therefore had 2 days to visit Antsirabe and area before the ceremony on Sat morning.

The first stop was at the natural water spring, where the interesting bit apart from the water was this super tuned Renault 4CV, just on the edge to be chavy, but which arguably stayed on the classy side.

the engine : not the 4CV original one but a R8 Gordini

the engine : not the 4CV original one but a R8 Gordini

barely recognisable Renault 4CV

barely recognisable Renault 4CV

In a tiny village on the road to Morondava, failing to find a 4th player for a belote game, we decided to stop for a baby-foot instead (The temptation was so big after having passed by the town in which all malagasy baby-foot are built. we got beaten quite badly by the local squad...

baby foot malgache

baby foot malgache

a game in a village

a game in a village

After a visit to the big and colourful market of Antsirabe ...
carpes au marché d Antsirabe

carpes au marché d Antsirabe

Friday evening; we went for Tilapia for diner, super tasty; cooked by one of the staff of the hotel and served in our room...

tilapia frit

tilapia frit

Finally on Sat morning, we arrived at the village of the ceremony around 7AM to find most of the family and a big band already dancing and playing

the band up in the village, 7am

the band up in the village, 7am

vue du village

vue du village

the band

the band

vue du balcon

vue du balcon

Before the exhumation
avant

avant

and after...
apres

apres

There was a debate between the members of the family whether or not the unoccupied spaces of the newly built "caveau" had to be covered by banana trees trunks or not. If not, the fear was that these unoccupied coffin spaces would bring bad luck to the family and create early death of other family members to come and occupy these spaces.
I was asked what was my opinion, but prefered not to comment, not being an expert in this matter.

Posted by tfenal 05:18 Archived in Madagascar Tagged antsirabe

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