You know you’re Malagasy when:

Your last name is at least 10 letters long and contains lots of A’s

When people ask you about your race, you have no idea what to say

You have never been afraid of skin cancer even though you go to the beach very often

When in your family, taboo and tradition takes precedence over the law

You eat rice at least twice a day

You have heard that kicking walls or burning green plants will kill your grandmother

You have been pissed waiting on the traffic policeman to give you the right of way at a crossroad

You have been to an exhumation and a circumcision

You know that the alphabet only have 21 letters

You know the group Mahaleo

When you die you’ll be buried in a family tomb

Every Comorian for you is a Mamadou and every white person is a Vazaha

When it comes to sports, you think football is the biggest, and rugby and pickpockets are related

You think sweet beans are gross

You get paid to go to public university

You have taken at least 2 foreign languages in school

You have driven in a 2 way street which is the exactly the width of 2 cars but you made it safely

You know that we burry navel cords ( tadim-poitra) and you actually know where yours is buried

You drive without any speed limits

You know which of the 18 tribes you belong to

Your mom told you that if you don’t wear your shoes, your stomach will hurt

You have at least one family member living in France

You eat the bones as well as the meat

You know that price is never definite, you always have to bargain

You try to hold back tears when someone dies but you cry when your favorite soccer team loses

At night, you are afraid of witches and ghosts

When it’s sunny after the rain, it means a witch just died

Your mom told you you can’t point at tombs because your fingers will fall off

You have never seen snow when you grew up in Madagascar

Your grandma walks around with an umbrella on sunny days

Your family sees an astrologer before doing something important

You have to walk over a fire when you come back from a funeral

At least once in your life, you got bored listening to a « kabary » that was too long

When you get married, there are 5 steps: fisehoana, vodiondry, fiancaille, soratra, mariage


Do any of these sound familiar to you?? They do to me. And by all means, I am PROUD to be MALAGASY, aren’t you?

Malagasy Native By Rotsy R.

Auteur: Rotsy R.
posted on Facebook on Wednesday, Nov 22

found by Lova and posted at malagasy miray by Harinjaka

Avec l’autorisation de Rotsy R.

Photo of kids by Morgane /Malagasy Native by Rotsy R.