Culture March 02, 2020 at 03:00 pm

Exhuming and re-wrapping dead relatives every nine years, five unique customs in Madagascar you need to know

Ama Nunoo March 02, 2020 at 03:00 pm

March 02, 2020 at 03:00 pm | Culture

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Belief and respect in the power of blessing

Malagasy people believe blessings from older family members – parents or grandparents – because to them it keeps curses away and that power behind the blessings makes them successful in all they do.

This is known as “Ny tso-drano zava-mahery”, which literally means “blessings are powerful”. For instance, it is not uncommon to go for blessings before an exam or before a business trip.


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