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  • The Rova, with new roof
    The Rova, with new roof
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    Jean Laborde's eagle
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    Natural silk weaving workshops in Tana area

    by Norali Updated Aug 27, 2003

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    Malagasy wore lamba except when working in fields

    Malagasy people used to see in wearing a lamba (square fabrics that wrap parts or whole body) self-respect, modesty, elegance. Only those who have lost their mind, crazy people and those in state of blind passion, are said to lose their lamba ("manary lamba").

    As for silk lamba, "Lamba Landy" or "Lamba Arindrano", it was part of traditional Malagasy nobles clothing in Tana area. Only nobles and high class-families there could wear silk.

    In Malagasy tradition, silk is used to wrap mortal remains ("razana"). In this case, it is named "Lambamena" and wraps razana of all castes. Malagasy philosophy considers razana sacred so that he/she deserves silk. When offering condolences to a family, one uses to give money as contribution in Lambamena purchase. Malagasy say "Izay sahy maty no mifono Lambamena." meaning that "One who is facing death - or dies - will be wrapped in Lambamena".

    Nowadays, everybody wears silk. With the craze for beautiful and noble fabrics, raw silk is hip again amongst Malagasy fashionistas who have joined traditional-style women. The latter use to wear akotofahana for special events and ordinary cotton lamba in everyday life. Akotofahana is a pale crème raw silk that is woven in a specific way, with shimmering brocades and thin bangles.

    Malagasy silk is of two kinds: silk from "Landibe" (Borocera Madagascariensis silk worm) and silk from "Landikely" (Bombyx mori silk worm).

    Landibe originates from Madagascar. It is breeded in central (Ambositra, Ambatofinadrahana, Fianarantsoa, Ambalavao up to Benenitra areas) as well as in Western (Arivonimamo, Soavinandriana, Marovoay) and in South- West Malagasy regions (Betroka, Betioky, Ampanihy).

    Landikely was brought by missionaires of London Missionary Society in King Radama I era (1810 -1828), from Mauritius. Bombyx mori (landikely) originates from China and Japan. Production of top-quality landikely cocoons is handled by Highlanders, esp. hilly parts of Antananarivo, Vakinankaratra (Antsirabe area) and Fianarantsoa.

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    Markets

    by nepalgoods Updated Jun 16, 2003

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    Vanilla

    Tana is full of markets, where you can buy spices and other typical things. There is a special flower-market near the lake. Most interesting are the spices as Madagaskar is the land of spices. They grow vanilla and pepper.

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    Ambohimanga market

    by Tamani Written Sep 7, 2002

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    You will find all the souvenirs you can think of. Don't go there if you are tall and claustrofobic, because the umbrella's over the stalls are at pygmy height. Beware of pickpockets! I know that some travel orgs. strictly forbid their clients to go there, because they spent days at police stations. Just take nothing and have fun.

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    Antshow

    by nepalgoods Written Nov 26, 2003

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    Antshow Cultural Arts Ceenter is a big cultural center, which puts all its effort into preserving the traditional art and culture of Madagascar.

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    the legend statue in center lake

    by antonio1 Written Nov 4, 2003

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    A nice legend is here in Tana. A virgin girl must come here to this statue to pray for the first lover to be a good one for her, and the statue will listern to her prays.

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    the legend statue in center lake

    by antonio1 Written Nov 4, 2003

    A nice legend is here in Tana. A virgin girl must come here to this statue to pray for the first lover to be a good one for her, and the statue will listern to her prays.

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    central lake in Tana

    by antonio1 Written Nov 4, 2003

    A nice central lake in Tana with a very nice legend statue in middle gives to you the pleasure to walk.

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