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Salama e!. Hello. Madagascar Dance and Culture the Macabre Dance. Toe & Skyler. The Culture. The Island of Madagascar houses 18 tribes and the culture is mixture of all the tribes. Religion in Madagascar: 51% African Religion, 41% Christian, 7% Islam, and 1% Other

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Salama e

Salama e!

Hello


Madagascar dance and culture the macabre dance

Madagascar Dance and Culture the Macabre Dance

Toe & Skyler


The culture

The Culture

  • The Island of Madagascar houses 18 tribes and the culture is mixture of all the tribes.

  • Religion in Madagascar: 51% African Religion, 41% Christian, 7% Islam, and 1% Other

  • The inhabitants of the Island respect their ancestors a lot and see them as next to gods

  • There is a soothsayer or

    magician in every tribe.

    Funerals involve dancing

    and Feasting.


Macabre

Macabre

  • The Macabre is the is a dance

    that is normally performed

    during the festival

    Famadihanaalso known as the “Turning of the Bones.”

  • This is more like a party rather than a formal dance.

  • This dance and festival is like the Day of the Dead ceremony.

  • One major difference is that the “Turning of the Bones” is preformed with the bones of the families dead Ancestors.


Macabre continued

Macabre Continued…

  • Vendors may set up stalls to sell cigarettes and ice cream to the crowed.

  • The departed are retrieved from the tomb as guests of honor.

  • After the celebration is over the corpses are reburied with gifts from the living, including bottles of alcohol.

  • This is usually performed ever 3, 5, and 7 years.

  • A feast must be served at every Famadihana celebration. “Zebu”


The dancers

The Dancers

  • This dance is not performed by a select few. It is performed by the family members of the dead, friends, and the entire community.

  • The guest of honors at this dance is the family ancestors. They emerge covered in their shrouds, known as lambas.


Description

Description

  • The dead emerge wearing their shrouds, known as lambas, and are laid out on the ground ready to be unwrapped and the bones lovingly cleaned.

  • It involves food, drink, and music.

  • Attendees gather to drink and dance to live bands that will continue to play for almost the entire ritual.

  • This dance is more of a social free for all then a normal dance.


Music description

Music Description

  • Traditional and contemporary music revolves around dance rhythms which are influenced both from the African as well as the Indonesian mainland.

  • Music is a very important portion of the festival.

  • It is a very jaunty sound of mainly brass instruments.

  • The music is preformed by:

    • Whistle

    • Flutes

    • V ahila

    • LokangaVoatovo

    • Kabosy


Evolution of cultural expression

Evolution of Cultural Expression

  • The Macabre has been a dance that has been performed for thousands of years. It was a ritual that went back over 2000 years ago according to ancient writing.

  • Not much change.


Changes and contributions

Changes and Contributions

  • One of the largest contributions of Madagascan culture in America is that the sounds of the music is a precursor to Jazz in New Orleans.

  • Not much change.


Acculturation

Acculturation

  • The churches have tried to change this dance. But it has been almost unchanged for 2000 years.

  • The celebration is open to anyone.


Oppression vs privilege

Oppression Vs. Privilege

  • Some Malagasy have called for an end to the Famadihana ritual because it places a great financial strain on the family.

  • The Christian Church and Muslim clerics in Madagascar have also tried to end the ritual.

  • The ritual has stated to lose its popularity.


Conclusion

Conclusion

  • Famadihana holds an important place in the hearts of the Malagasy people.

  • Famadihana is an act of love – anthropologist Professor Maurice Block.

  • Famous for being very friendly and hospitable.


Veloma

Veloma

Good Bye


References

References

Cactus Tours. (2008). Madagascar overview, the malagasy culture. Retrieved from http://www.cactus-madagascar.com/culture.php

Gupta, R. (2008, October 20). Culture of Madagascar. Retrieved from http://www.articleswave.com/cultures-and-civilizations/culture-of-madagascar.html

Kamarudin, Y. (n.d.). Madagascar's macabre dance of the dead. Retrieved from http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/news-dancing-dead-madagascar?image=17

Randrianja, S., & Ellis, S. (2009). Madagascar a short history. Chicago: The University of Chicago Publishing

Singer, C. (1997). The traditional dances of Madagascar. Retrieved from http://www.taiaf.de/html/traditionaldances.html


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