Plan/elevation by James Sibree of a tronokotona house type. Sibree's plan is labeled according to the 12 major periods of vintana. From James Sibree, A Naturalist in Madagascar, 1915 -"Earth, Sky Ancestors" by Randall Bird, p. 174 in "African Cosmos: Stellar Arts: African Cultural Astronomy from Antiquity to the Present" ed. by Christine Mullen Kreamer
Ranavalona, ex-reine de Madagascar, en Algérie (cachet de 1902)
Sketches astrological calendar a house interior, with north at top, depicting intricate relationships of the months and days associated with vintana, and the appropriate offerings and animal sacrifices. The rectangular form of the house represents the celestial vault; thus, as in the astrological house, the vintana are placed in the four corners and on the walls. From Vig, Lars. 1977. Croyances et moeurs des Malgaches, fasc. 2. Trans. E. Faegereng. Antananarivo: Trano Printy Loterana
"The traditional Malagasy house is built on a rectangular plan. Ridge beam supporting the gabled roof is oriented north-south. Each "destiny" Zodiac (see magic) corresponds to a direction. The door is to the southwest. Is scanned, it repels dirt lay in that direction." Jacques Faublée Ethnography Of Madagascar
art funéraire - Tuléar, Madagascar
The Besakana, a structure in the Rova palace complex, is representative of the traditional wooden aristocratic dwellings of the Highlands of Madagascar. Note the long tandrotrano extending past the roofline.
Les différents arts funéraires du peuple Malga
Antimerina (Merina) graves with tranomasina, Madagascar - A historic Merina andriana (aristocratic) tomb with trano manara (left) and a modern Merina tomb (right). Edmond Emile Gotorbe (19e s., dates inconnues) - Gallica Collection, National Library of France: Catat, Louis. (1895). Voyage à Madagascar. Paris: Hachette, p. 163.
Madagascar The mpanandro is consulted at every important event (wedding, funeral, or famadihana the exhumation, laying of the foundation stone of a building, etc ..) The mpisikidy is a specialist in geomancy, divination technique from figures drawn on the sand. The ombiasa has more powers: the Guardian ritual and religious knowledge.