Death and the Grave Part 4

To read the previous posts in this series: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3   Tanala bury their dead in a fasina [fah-see-nah], a burial tomb.¬† For centuries their tombs were located at the bottom of a granite cliff or cave opening. The tomb will serve as the burial place for a large family group […]

Death and the Grave Part 3

If you are just joining the series you can start at the beginning and catch up: ¬†Part 1 Part 2 We live among the Tanala. Tanala [Tah-nah-lah] means people of the forest. The forest has provided trees for the Tanala for centuries for firewood, for building homes, for making furniture, and for crafting handles for […]

Death and the Grave Part 2

WARNING – The following story is true and graphic. Please do not read this story if you do not accept that it is graphic and details the effects of sin. It is no more graphic than certain stories in the Bible. The intent of the story is to provide a window into culture and worldview […]

Death and the Grave Part 1

  Famadiana – [Fah-mah-dee-aah-nah] – the turning of the bones. A cultural practice unique to Madagascar, particularly the highlands, usually observed every five or seven years which involves returning to the burial tomb to exhume the bones of the deceased, change their wrappings, dance them around to music as if reanimating them to life and […]

Analobahiny Ambony Visit

I went to Mangalhenatra yesterday and learned that Marcelan, our contact there, had not returned from AKZ where he worshiped on Sunday. The second village planned for our trip was Analobahiny Ambony so I traveled their to stay the night. The only connection I have with this village is through a Catholic catechist who lives […]

We finished our language test Wednesday. We both did well passing each section of the exam. On Thursday we left the city to visit the village where our language teacher lives. It was a great opportunity to attempt to use what little Malagassy we can speak. While in this village, we also visited the oldest […]