Huge island in the Indian Ocean heldalways a little aloof. And not Asia, but not Africa, Madagascar has a long cultural tradition, a little similar to the continental. Due to some privacy and a special geographical position, the island's residents were able to preserve their customs, beliefs and practices in its original form, which suggests that the tradition of Madagascar unchanged since the appearance here of the first settlers of the Bantu peoples.
Signs associated with the days of the week, have toMalagasy particular importance. Islanders take into account the recommendations of astrologers, and never will be starting a new business on Wednesday to bury the dead on Thursday or drink milk on a Sunday. But Friday, in their opinion, is the best day trading on Tuesday to have a good political events, and Thursday is ideal for a wedding ceremony.
Among other traditions of Madagascar - to keep all the money from the family of his wife, afraid not to be buried in the family vault, and is sure to get permission for something to simply ignore older.
The veneration of ancestors
According to Malagasy, dead relativestake an active part in the life of the living, help them and punish non-compliance with the traditions of Madagascar. On the island there are many Fadi - prohibition to perform certain actions.
One of the most controversial in ceremoniesMalagasy called "famadihana". Its essence lies in the fact that from the family crypt take out the bones of their ancestors and put on public display. Touch to bring good luck remains alive. Joyous dancing accompany the ceremony, and died at the end of her getting a new shroud.
Once on the island, you should observe the mostsignificant and important traditions of Madagascar, not to cause dissatisfaction of local residents. Otherwise, the tradition of hospitality they can be violated, and the rest will cease to be fun:
- Even greeted with the familiar Malagasy avoid hugs and kisses.
- Do not give a direct answer to the question posed. This is not taken short "yes" and "no."
- Greet all met on their way a smile and a nod.
- Do not talk too loud and did not show impatience or irritation.
- Listen carefully to the interlocutor, even if his speech on any occasion seem too prolonged. Here, it is assumed that a special meaning have not said a word, but that is not spoken aloud.