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"Burial is so important that in many parts of Madagascar, people spend more time, effort, and money on building tombs than on building homes. Indeed, Malagasy tombs, wrote one visitor, “may justly be reckoned among the most remarkable and impressive antiquities of the country.” Westerners touring the south of Madagascar are often baffled to see the small, makeshift thatch houses of the Mahafaly & Antandroy compared to their massive stone tombs." Madagascar: the 8th Continent…

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