January 10, 2005


Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar, is a luscious expand of hills and valleys packed with houses, villas, shanty-stores and shacks. The Malasi are a people of mixed ancestry, with a history of Asian immigration and African influence. As a result, the majority of the surface area of the land has been converted into rice fields—even in the more populated capital.

Although heavily influenced by French architecture over the years, many Tana houses keep their distinct Asian influence with characteristic narrow walls leading to high, slopped roofs.

In some small village, disease that caused so much havoc in the middle ages in Europe is still existant. Here, a pictogram showing the plague’s mode of transmission from mice to fleas to humans and its characteristic symptoms is posted on a prominent wall.

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