Betafo, Madagascar June 2019
The Hills of Betafo
Imerina: The ancestral lands of the Merina people that is situated in the high plateau of central Madagascar
Betafo: The name of a small town near Antsirabe whose name means ‘place of many roofs’
Vakinakaratra: The region surrounding Betafo and a word that loosely translates to an open valley in the mountains
Rano Mahery: Cold and clear water that is collected directly from the source high in the hills of Vakinakaratra and used for circumcisions
Rano-drazana: Fresh water from the mountains that is regarded as a gift from the ancestors.
The RN34 runs through the center of Betafo creating a hectic thoroughfare that is choked with exhaust and the clacking of old diesel motors. The road, like all Malagasy roads, is dusty and narrow and filled with life. Bush taxis and private cars (usually in equal numbers) run slalom courses between vendors, mechanics, vegetable...
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