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Here the multiethnic makeup of this community is evident, where Sakalava and migrants from other areas of the island come to buy and sell wares as well as to socialize.

Aint No Makin It

The following organizations provided funding for fieldwork: Although Madagascar by name is a socialist state, its economy may be defined more clearly as a form of state capitalism, where the ownership of all major industries and land holdings rests with the national government. As a medium for royal spirits, a woman embodies what it means to be Sakalava, and this is evident in her words, attire, and actions.

The body may also provide an appropriate medium for transformations in identity, through dress as well as action. Their activities have been characterized by intensive development, the landscape transformed within a few decades into large estates of manioc and sugar cane and, more recently, cocoa, coffee, and perfume plants such as ylang-ylang.

With the arrival of CNIA in the s, sugar remained the dominant crop of the Sambirano until the s. New Directions for Statistical Explanation”.

Although these recent articles focus primarily on environmental depletion through the destruction of precious rain forests, relatively little has been written on the increasing severity of social and economic problems faced by Madagascars citizens. Individuals who have grown rich and fat from their involvement in the cotton industry have lost sight of kin-based social emiel, and udrkheim, as a ritual form, reflects these concerns and transformations.

Once in the field, any success there was due largely to assistance from the following scholars: As a spirit enters a mediums body, it displaces her own spirit, so that she does not remember what came to pass when she was possessed.

To the east is the petrol station, a soccer field, and the town cemetery, where a wall separates Christian and Muslim graves. If one visits this second market early in the morning or at dusk, bright red flatbed trucks from the enterprises will have stopped there and men and womensome with small childrenwill be climbing in or out on their way to or from work.


Antandroy, Antaimoro, and other peoples of the economically depressed south and southeast also came to work as manual laborers in the fields. At this time the streets were crowded with hundreds of people possessed by the dead Queen Ranavalona. Local Sakalava dislike this new development, fearing that good roads will only make it easier for migrants or vahiny from other parts of an otherwise extremely economically depressed nation to come here to settle.

The meanings associated with common historical experience are played out through tromba possession, where coffee and cashews figure as prominent symbols see Part 2. As my own work progressed in Ambanja, these studies seemed, for the most part, outdated, since they stress the nature of tromba as it should be, set within the royal context. These trees were planted earlier in the century, and are the same varieties which are used on enterprise lands to shade cocoa from the heat of the sun again, see plate 1.

Second, later researchers found that the Protestant-Catholic differences in suicide seemed to be limited to German-speaking Europe and thus may always have been the spurious reflection of other factors. Likewise, religious groupsbe they Islamic, Protestant, or Catholic provide support through divine injunction and financial assistance.

Tromba mediums and other indigenous healers are preferred by many local inhabitants over biomedically trained practitioners because they have a clearer understanding of indigenous conceptions of illness and disorder. The south-north road that runs through Ambanja is a major national route, and it is by means of this road that the majority of vahiny arrive in the valley from points south.

In Madagascar was declared a protectorate and, in the following year, a colony of France. Dans ces plains [Sambirano and neighboring ones] lherbe est abondante en toute saisons, ce sont des pturages magnifiques, qui nourrissent les troupeaux les plus beaux et les plus nombreaux qui existent de la Mahajomba [Mahajanga] au Sambirano.

Out of respect for the privacy of my informants and assistants, I have sought for the most part to conceal their identities. Wage labor is perceived simultaneously as an economic and social relationship, one based on inequality and involving payment in cash for services by an employer to an employee.

Merchants with origins as diverse as southern China, southern India, and Yemen came and settled permanently in the town, establishing a large market the bazarbe beside the river and just below the military post. She lives on a small patch of land approximately one quarter of a hectare which she inherited from her widowed mother. There are numerous examples of the application of the marginality or deprivation argument, including those that predate I. Kinship and wage labor define opposing categories of social relations in Ambanja.

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An important feature of tromba in this polycultural town is that most non-Sakalava may, over time, actively participate in tromba, either as observers, emille, or mediums clients. Age is yet another dimension: An assumption running throughout studies of voluntary migration in Africa is that it is predominantly an adult male experience. Spirit mediums also seek his blessing as well as his guidance in matters involving royal ancestors. I made periodic visits to the enterprises, joining the weekly tour with the occupational health doctor in order to watch her and members of her nursing staff work with patients and so that I could interview managers andworkers.


Fieloux and Lombardwriting from southwest Madagascar, illustrate the usefulness of an analysis that focuses on the local political economy for understanding possession again, see Morsy There are also the administrative and production centers of the enterprises.

The Possessed and the Dispossessed

In this sense it operates on a very personal or psychological level. As a result, early in the century the plantations began to hire laborers who came from other areas of the island. A problem suicise these studies, however, is that indigenous peoples are generally portrayed as powerless victims of change who do not fully comprehend the forces that are responsible for new predicaments in which they find themselves.

This is possible because of the manner in which possession operates: Tromba is the point at which social, religious, political, and economic forces converge, and so this institution provides a means to explore the dynamic nature of daily life at all levels in this community.

Tromba possession is among the few institutions that mediate between the competing statuses of insider and outsider. Originally these were private plantations, established by foreign planters around the turn of the century. Near Ambilobe is another large sugar cane enterprise called Sirama. It was only recently in mid that Madagascar chose to strengthen its ties with Western powers.

Local government officials honor the importance of royalty at public state occasions. Everyday greetings often include a commentary on the weather: Others draw on feminist theory Boddy ; or political-economic approaches Lim ; Morsy; Ong The borders of the enterprises may be drawn where the terrain changesat the steep ridge of the Tsaratanana mountains to the east; at the semi-arid terrain to the north and south, which is more suitable for wild cashews and for grazing hardy hump-backed zebu cattle; and at the mangrove swamps that flank the seacoast.

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In addition, numerous small villages and private family plots remained scattered throughout the Sambirano, interspersed with plantation lands.