Madagascar. – Hotel Plamarium. Let there be dancing. The girls from the local fishing village Andranokoditra entertained the guests in the Hotel. We were all up dancing and snaking through the room. The rhythmic beat of the drums, straw skirts and rich voices offering a true Afro-Island feel.

In this part of the East Coast we find the the Betsimisaraka or “The-Many-Insperables”, the second largest tribe in Madagascar. Their culture has been influenced by Europeans, especially pirates. They wear raffia skirts and have many superstitious beliefs ‘including ghosts, mermaids and little men of the woods.’ This was my introduction to their traditional life.

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