Dihym' boay, "crocodile dance": according to an old legend, a village was destroyed by a huge wave and people transformed into crocodiles, because they refused to give water to a thirsty traveller who actually was a spirit of nature. Only one woman and her children escaped, because she gave water to the stranger and he told her about the way the others would be punished. Crocodiles are worshipped and respected as ancestors and protectors, and the lakes they live in are sacred places.
Ambalavao (Madagascar). 'Gabled roofs poking through the treetops in Ambalavao give the illusion of a European alpine village, only to be dispelled by the noise of hundreds of zebu at the country’s biggest livestock market; elegant Malagasy people in their felt hats and finery; and the roar of ramba-rambas (carts) being pushed through the streets.'
The train Fianarantsoa, East Coast of Madagascar, Africa. Travel to Madagascar with ISLAND CONTINENT TOURS DMC. A member of GONDWANA DMCs, your network of boutique Destination Management Companies for travel across the globe - www.gondwana-dmcs.net