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Culture of Madagascar and Interesting Facts (Part two)

Most of the plants of Madagascar can be used as medical remedies

Most of the plants can be used as remedies for curing some infection or disease. The periwinkle is used for making drugs that treat people who have leukemia or cancer.

Little Madagascar Lemurs  via Flickr, by Andre Vandal, license CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

There was a pirate utopia

Madagascar has been a resting place for many European traders and pirates and there had been rumors about this island being a independent pirate site. The land was called Libertalia and the pirates renounced their nationalities and called themselves Liberi and constituted their own rules and government.

Madagascar strongly protects the human rights

Human rights are protected with the constitution and there was also Universal Declaration of Human rights, Convention on the Rights of the Children and also protections of religious, ethnic and sexual rights.

The cuisine is reflection of the Culture of Madagascar

Madagascar cuisine has diverse cuisine like rice, onion, garlic, tomatoes ginger, vanilla, coconut milk, turmeric, zebu, peanuts, greens, bananas, shrimp, lychees and other.

 via Flickr, by bDom, license CC BY 2.0

The Malagasies have closer roots to Asians than Africans

In spite of being separated from the people of Asia the Malagasies are descended from Indo-Malayan seafarers who lived in the Indian continent 2000 years ago. The proof of their cultural similarity is in the way they staple food is rice; they eat 3 times a day. But be careful you mustn’t refer to Malagasy as African, remember they are Malagasies.

The inhabitants are very friendly people

The Malagasies are best known for their hospitality. They consider it as a duty to welcome any guest, even if it is a stranger. They believe in brotherhood and always find a way to get along with the guests.

02-Madagascar_cityzen  via Flickr, by Steve Evans, license CC BY-NC 2.0

It is the one of the places for passing a inexpensive vacation

The technology is not developed and you can’t find Wi-Fi especially if you are out of the cities. So if you are hooked on technology this is not a best place for your vacation. The public transportation is overcrowded and there are no schedules but the bright side is that you can pass with 30 dollars per day.

There are a lot of things to visit

The island has tropical beaches and national parks. In the afternoons you can go and see the wildlife and in the evenings you can enjoy the scenery of the mountains while socializing with the friendly people and eating delicious food.

02-Madagascar_vacation, culture of Madagascar  via Flickr, by Marco Zanferrari, license CC BY-SA 2.0

Malagasies believe in taboo and magic.

Although the religion of large part of the population is Christianity, which was introduced by missionaries, in the culture of Madagascar they believe in the magic powers of their ancestors. Even the most urban and modern families believe in magic. The dead people are buried in coffins in cliffs or caves. They have ceremonies called turning of the bones where families dance with the dead relatives and take photos with their bodies.

Madagascar export

Vanilla is the number one export product, which makes Madagascar the leading world supplier in producing and exporting vanilla.

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