There is nothing silent about market day at Ambovombe, the closest town to Ifotaka village, which we visited on my first day in camp. The market attracts everyone for miles around: it is the social event of the week, and swaggering teenage boys and giggling girls parade around in groups (the boys with combs in their hair are looking for a wife) as traders get down to haggling over their wares: plaits of chewing tobacco and cured tobacco leaves; large bundles of firewood, readycut planks.
Photo of Analakely Market
CLICK ON PHOTO TO READ ABOUT THE BARA PEOPLE OF MADAGASCAR The Bara are one of the unreached people groups AIM is focusing on. They are a proud, hardworking people located in south-central Madagascar, numbering about 600,000. Their language is Bara, a dialect quite different from official Malagasy. It had remained unwritten until the translation of Luke began in 2001.
January 29, 2014- Today I learned about the Malagasi ritual known as Famadihana for my Cultural Anthropology class. This ritual is where people bring their ancestors from the tombs. The family members then dance around the tombs while carrying their ancestors. This ritual is also known as the "turning of the bones." This specific photo was taken in Antsaha, Madagascar.