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The village of Ambohitsara
Ansicht des Dorfes Ambohitsara

The village lies on a hill, surrounded by water: The Indian Ocean in the East, the river Fanantara to the North and the Canal des Pangalanes to the West.

 

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Ambohitsara has approximately 2000 inhabitants.

The "white Elephant" has reportedly been brought by ancestors from Mecca.

 

The village has two schools which cover through B-Levels

Like almost everywhere in Madagascar, rice is the staple food.

 

It is then pound in large wooden mortars, a labour typically done by women.

The village lives from agriculture. Rice is mostly grown for local consumption. Coffee, gloves, bananas are brought to the markets in the bigger surrounding cities and partly exported.

 

 

Cattle is mostly kept for symbolic reasons. Very often it is only slaughtered on special occasion, such as the "Sambatra", a traditional celebration that takes place every 7 years.

The football pitch usually serves as pasture and playground for children unless there is a game against the one of the neighbouring villages.

 

The fibres of the raphia palm tree is used to web a cloth that is traditionally used as a wrap "lamba".

The beach is beautiful, however not suitable for swimming due to strong currents and breakers and sharks. The lagoon, just on the other side of the dunes, though is safe.

 

 

Betsabetsa, the local drink, is pressed from sugar cane that has been left fermenting for a few days. Try it if you are adventurous.