The Roots of Transformation: Malagasy lady born in France

I arrived in Madagascar, the Land of my (terrestrial) Ancestors, about 10 months ago.  10 months of an Emotional Breakthrough during which I was (and still am, presently) confronted to my Memories directly related to my Childhood, my Origins...my Identity.     Malagasy born in France in the 80’s   I was born in France in the 80's and never lived in Madagascar.  My parents arrived in France in the 70's and raised my two older brothers and I as christian (protestant) french people while introducing us naturally to our Origins, through traditions, food, music, family Events (in France and Madagascar), etc.  I grew up in France and had many friends coming from Everywhere; from Europe, Africa, Middle East, South America or Asia. They were native french or just like me, french with a different origin and sometimes a different religion too.  Well, actually, I've never worried about that at all. Now when I come to think about it, I find it Beautiful.  I also have cousins born in France, just like me. We kind of grew up the same way (with of course different backgrounds) and used to often spend holidays together, as french people (who knew they were coming from a different place).  During my childhood, my parents would almost never talk to us in Malagasy language, but as we used to spend some of our summer vacations in Madagascar (about every 2 to 3 years in the 90's and 2000's) in my parents's House (built in the 90's), with the Family (grandparents, uncles/aunts, cousins, and other relatives), we kept having a link with Madagascar through my voyages accross the country and the Family through traditions. Actually I call this period the Golden Age of the Family, on the Surface Only (but this is another story).

I arrived in Madagascar, the Land of my (terrestrial) Ancestors, about 10 months ago.

10 months of an Emotional Breakthrough during which I was (and still am, presently) confronted to my Memories directly related to my Childhood, my Origins...my Identity.

Malagasy born in France in the 80’s

I was born in France in the 80's and never lived in Madagascar.

My parents arrived in France in the 70's and raised my two older brothers and I as christian (protestant) french people while introducing us naturally to our Origins, through traditions, food, music, family Events (in France and Madagascar), etc.

I grew up in France and had many friends coming from Everywhere; from Europe, Africa, Middle East, South America or Asia. They were native french or just like me, french with a different origin and sometimes a different religion too.

Well, actually, I've never worried about that at all. Now when I come to think about it, I find it Beautiful.

I also have cousins born in France, just like me. We kind of grew up the same way (with of course different backgrounds) and used to often spend holidays together, as french people (who knew they were coming from a different place).

During my childhood, my parents would almost never talk to us in Malagasy language, but as we used to spend some of our summer vacations in Madagascar (about every 2 to 3 years in the 90's and 2000's) in my parents's House (built in the 90's), with the Family (grandparents, uncles/aunts, cousins, and other relatives), we kept having a link with Madagascar through my voyages accross the country and the Family through traditions. Actually I call this period the Golden Age of the Family, on the Surface Only (but this is another story).

France - My Childhood friends and I (on the left) during a School trip in the 90’s.    I do Love Madagascar. I love its Natural Beauty and Wilderness; the Night sky, the Trees, the Rainforest, the Caves, the Wild Plants, the Natural Stones, the Rocks, the Wild Flowers, the Moon, the Rivers, the Hills, the Mountains, the Ocean, its Red Soil, the Birds, the Cameleons, the Lemurians and Every Other Living Creature Living on the Island... I find Peace when I am into the Nature.

France - My Childhood friends and I (on the left) during a School trip in the 90’s.

I do Love Madagascar. I love its Natural Beauty and Wilderness; the Night sky, the Trees, the Rainforest, the Caves, the Wild Plants, the Natural Stones, the Rocks, the Wild Flowers, the Moon, the Rivers, the Hills, the Mountains, the Ocean, its Red Soil, the Birds, the Cameleons, the Lemurians and Every Other Living Creature Living on the Island... I find Peace when I am into the Nature.

Andasibe - Madagascar (2018) - photo taken by Fanja Ralaimaro

Andasibe - Madagascar (2018) - photo taken by Fanja Ralaimaro

One more thing I love about Madagascar is Food. As a vegetarian, I have plenty of choice when it comes to Vegetables and Fruits. Actually, my partner and I are growing our own vegetables (mostly green ones such as salad and anana, a malagasy vegetable) in the garden using only cow dungs and compost. We don't use pesticides, so our vegetables are organic. We still buy vegetables and fruits (might not be organic) but it is so much fun and we feel way healthier than when we lived in Tokyo. I used to love my mother's home made Ravitoto (manioc leaves), a malagasy speciality she still cooks with pork. Now I try to make my own version of it with no meat and with tomatoes only... Well I'm not the best cook ever but still, it's pretty tasty!  I also love malagasy traditional music and malagasy traditional dances. I always feel transported by the colors and the joy spread through the melodies and rythms.

One more thing I love about Madagascar is Food. As a vegetarian, I have plenty of choice when it comes to Vegetables and Fruits. Actually, my partner and I are growing our own vegetables (mostly green ones such as salad and anana, a malagasy vegetable) in the garden using only cow dungs and compost. We don't use pesticides, so our vegetables are organic. We still buy vegetables and fruits (might not be organic) but it is so much fun and we feel way healthier than when we lived in Tokyo. I used to love my mother's home made Ravitoto (manioc leaves), a malagasy speciality she still cooks with pork. Now I try to make my own version of it with no meat and with tomatoes only... Well I'm not the best cook ever but still, it's pretty tasty!

I also love malagasy traditional music and malagasy traditional dances. I always feel transported by the colors and the joy spread through the melodies and rythms.

Sacred - Andasibe (2018) photo taken by Fanja Ralaimaro    Madagascar is a Beautiful Island full of Wonderful and Sacred treasures . I'm thankful for that and wish its People to Understand how important it is to Protect it.     People of Madagascar and Traditions   My Opinion and Sentiment towards the people of Madagascar (in 2019) is quite mixed. Although I come from this country and believe every human being on Earth to be beautiful and have a good nature, I mostly don't feel that I am one of them.That is my feeling at this present moment. To tell you the truth, the more I spend time with the people here (my blood-related family and others), the more I feel I don't belong to these people.  Malagasy people of the ancient time used to be Animists people, living in Harmony with Nature and believing in the Protection of their Ancestors. People are still practicing Ancestral Traditions such as " Famadihana " or the " Turning of the Dead ", celebrating the Gathering of the Living Ones (the blood-related Family members) and the Dead ones (the Ancestors). This is a Tradition we actually still practice in my Family for many decades.  While Malagasy people believe in the existance of a Creator they call " Zanahary " or " Andriamanitra ", they came to believe in the Christian God (with the coming of the christian missionaries in the 15th Century). So, they began to mix both ancient traditions with Christianity. That is what explain why most of my Family members in Madagascar (and in France) are Christians; protestant or catholic. It also explains why I grew up as a Christian (Protestant) myself.  " Fihavanana " which means " Human Solidarity " in malagasy language, is another Tradition (or philosophical tradition) based on a Social and Economical Relationship within the local communities; for instance, Families and Villagers would give a certain sum of money in an envelop to help support one's family suffering from the loss of a beloved one (in order to help them prepare funerals, etc.).  As there's no existing financial help from the Government, people have to support each others this way.  That is called " Adidy " in malagasy language and since I arrived in Madagascar in april 2018, one of the word I have been repeated the most by my parents and other relatives is this word: " Adidy " which means " Duty " in Malagasy language.  There are plenty of "Duties" in Madagascar. Actually, malagasy people's lives are based on Duties; " Fihavanana " (Human Solidarity) is one of them among a lot of others such as  Famangiana  (malagasy funerals) and  Famadihana  (turning of the dead) or weddings. They are not limited to them, Adidy is part of the daily Life of Malagasy people. It is not limited to blood-related family neither but mostly include the entire community; a kind of "Give back to the Family and Community", like people are depending on each others and if someday you decide to not be part of it anymore, you would find yourself Forever Criticized and Rejected by the community.  Despite the Beauty of the Concept of " Fihavanana " and others, I believe we live in a World where all is Upside Down; where people do things without understanding why they do it and what could be the consequences of their decisions and actions (in the long run). Although I believe their intention to be good, yet mostly self-serving, I also believe more than 98% of the world's population to be completely disconnected from their real self, to live and act like puppets, preaching Solidarity and Love while living with Total Contradiction, obeying to mostly Distorded Rules since their Birth without even noticing or questionning themselves.  I used to consider " Duties " as things I had to do because I was asked to. It was always upseting me but I was not really questionning it. I just did them because I was also afraid to be scolded or to disappoint my family if I wouldn't do them. It was part of a "Task" I had to achieve, part of some traditions, done in the name of Solidarity and Love, no matter what it would imply;  - "Forced Respect and forced love" towards people I don't know or might not like among relatives and others  - "Animal's Sacrifices" people don't want to call Sacrifices  - "Ignorance" of my own feelings  - etc.  It is already enough of exemples among thousands to show what Invisible Force could have convinced me to totally give up on my  FREE WILL  and Obey to its Rules in order to not be REJECTED by the Society.  With all the Respect I have for the Human being in general and which I believe, again to have a good nature, yet to be completely possessed and manipulated by their Ego and own distorded History, I am  OFF-DUTY  when it comes to accomplish tasks going against my Will. By this I include every thing related to some of the so-called traditions and other tasks I find Immoral and Contradictory, Forced Human Relationships; that implies all duties related to blood-related Family itself and others.  I believe the Purpose of my Journey in Madagascar, the Land of my (terrestrian) Ancestors to be the Trigger that is putting an END to all this Absurdity trying to Force me to Act against my Will and a beautiful Opportunity to Reconnect with the  Real Spirit and Knowledge of the Ancients of Madagascar .    Peace. 🙏🏽🌿    Fanja

Sacred - Andasibe (2018) photo taken by Fanja Ralaimaro

Madagascar is a Beautiful Island full of Wonderful and Sacred treasures . I'm thankful for that and wish its People to Understand how important it is to Protect it.

People of Madagascar and Traditions

My Opinion and Sentiment towards the people of Madagascar (in 2019) is quite mixed. Although I come from this country and believe every human being on Earth to be beautiful and have a good nature, I mostly don't feel that I am one of them.That is my feeling at this present moment. To tell you the truth, the more I spend time with the people here (my blood-related family and others), the more I feel I don't belong to these people.

Malagasy people of the ancient time used to be Animists people, living in Harmony with Nature and believing in the Protection of their Ancestors. People are still practicing Ancestral Traditions such as "Famadihana" or the "Turning of the Dead", celebrating the Gathering of the Living Ones (the blood-related Family members) and the Dead ones (the Ancestors). This is a Tradition we actually still practice in my Family for many decades.

While Malagasy people believe in the existance of a Creator they call "Zanahary" or "Andriamanitra", they came to believe in the Christian God (with the coming of the christian missionaries in the 15th Century). So, they began to mix both ancient traditions with Christianity. That is what explain why most of my Family members in Madagascar (and in France) are Christians; protestant or catholic. It also explains why I grew up as a Christian (Protestant) myself.

"Fihavanana" which means "Human Solidarity" in malagasy language, is another Tradition (or philosophical tradition) based on a Social and Economical Relationship within the local communities; for instance, Families and Villagers would give a certain sum of money in an envelop to help support one's family suffering from the loss of a beloved one (in order to help them prepare funerals, etc.).

As there's no existing financial help from the Government, people have to support each others this way.

That is called "Adidy" in malagasy language and since I arrived in Madagascar in april 2018, one of the word I have been repeated the most by my parents and other relatives is this word: "Adidy" which means "Duty" in Malagasy language.

There are plenty of "Duties" in Madagascar. Actually, malagasy people's lives are based on Duties; "Fihavanana" (Human Solidarity) is one of them among a lot of others such as Famangiana (malagasy funerals) and Famadihana (turning of the dead) or weddings. They are not limited to them, Adidy is part of the daily Life of Malagasy people. It is not limited to blood-related family neither but mostly include the entire community; a kind of "Give back to the Family and Community", like people are depending on each others and if someday you decide to not be part of it anymore, you would find yourself Forever Criticized and Rejected by the community.

Despite the Beauty of the Concept of "Fihavanana" and others, I believe we live in a World where all is Upside Down; where people do things without understanding why they do it and what could be the consequences of their decisions and actions (in the long run). Although I believe their intention to be good, yet mostly self-serving, I also believe more than 98% of the world's population to be completely disconnected from their real self, to live and act like puppets, preaching Solidarity and Love while living with Total Contradiction, obeying to mostly Distorded Rules since their Birth without even noticing or questionning themselves.

I used to consider "Duties" as things I had to do because I was asked to. It was always upseting me but I was not really questionning it. I just did them because I was also afraid to be scolded or to disappoint my family if I wouldn't do them. It was part of a "Task" I had to achieve, part of some traditions, done in the name of Solidarity and Love, no matter what it would imply;

- "Forced Respect and forced love" towards people I don't know or might not like among relatives and others

- "Animal's Sacrifices" people don't want to call Sacrifices

- "Ignorance" of my own feelings

- etc.

It is already enough of exemples among thousands to show what Invisible Force could have convinced me to totally give up on my FREE WILL and Obey to its Rules in order to not be REJECTED by the Society.

With all the Respect I have for the Human being in general and which I believe, again to have a good nature, yet to be completely possessed and manipulated by their Ego and own distorded History, I am OFF-DUTY when it comes to accomplish tasks going against my Will. By this I include every thing related to some of the so-called traditions and other tasks I find Immoral and Contradictory, Forced Human Relationships; that implies all duties related to blood-related Family itself and others.

I believe the Purpose of my Journey in Madagascar, the Land of my (terrestrian) Ancestors to be the Trigger that is putting an END to all this Absurdity trying to Force me to Act against my Will and a beautiful Opportunity to Reconnect with the Real Spirit and Knowledge of the Ancients of Madagascar.

Peace. 🙏🏽🌿

Fanja

“ Roots of Transformation ” (2018) Fanja Ralaimaro     www.fanjaralaimaro.com    @urbanminimalistokyo  (instagram)

Roots of Transformation” (2018) Fanja Ralaimaro

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@urbanminimalistokyo (instagram)