- Encounters with locals
- Off the beaten track
Tsiroanomandidy, the town where "two people cannot reign", takes its name from a victory of King Radama I over Menabe Ramitsaho in the nineteenth century.
It is estimated that there are 10 million zebus on the island for a population of 22 million inhabitants: that gives you an idea of the importance of the animal! Tsiroanomandidy is home to one of the largest zebu markets of the country, a real institution. The market is held every Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. Well before opening time, you can see the convoys of hundreds of animals arriving at the market.
Zebus are mainly used as draught animals. It is estimated that, due to the cost, the annual consumption of zebu meat by the Malagasy is 2 kg per year. It is reserved for great occasions: as a dowry, for funeral ceremonies, sacrifice, etc. You cannot ignore it during your discovery of Madagascar!