Peace Corps

Fomba or Fady? A Guide to Antandroy Culture and Taboo

Fomba or Fady? A Guide to Antandroy Culture and Taboo

While trying to integrate into a new village on the opposite side of the world, it is important to become aware of the customs of its people. Even more important is to adapt quickly and understand what is appropriate behavior and what is not. The Antandroy culture (fomba) largely concerns respecting one's elders. Along the same lines, many of their taboos (fady) involve disrespecting someone. In order to keep these rules straight and avoid an embarrassing and/or offensive slip up (you don’t want to have to sacrifice a cow, do you?), here’s a go-to guide on the fomba and fady in the Androy region.  

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Out and About in Madagascar: April through Instagram photos

Out and About in Madagascar: April through Instagram photos

My guilty pleasure of ‘gramming’ combined with my efforts to accomplish Peace Corps’ third goal and of course, my natural inclination toward competition led me to participate in Blogging Abroad’s first Instagram photo challenge. Its theme was “Out and About.” Created by two former Peace Corps Volunteers, Blogging Abroad is a site designed to promote cross-cultural exchange for those living abroad. A year ago, I had a hard time imagining what my life on this island would look like. Now nine months into my service, I’m hoping my pictures helps aid others’ imaginations and share a piece of the world its culture that not everyone gets to explore. 

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