Through my lens (part 5)

These photos span many months and feature images from some of my travels during that time. A few of the photos focus on local fomba (traditions) around ancestor worship practices.

Kite surfer at the Emerald Sea (near Diego-Suarez)

Kite surfer at the Emerald Sea (near Diego-Suarez)

Two fighters in a local kickboxing-style event in Ampondronlava

Two fighters in a local kickboxing-style event in Ampondralava

A family gathers around the symbolic grave of their ancestor during a traditional Sakalava festival. They adorn the grave with fresh linen cloth and offer a sacrifice of alcohol. Not pictured is the more than 60 cows being sacrificed in the ocean adjacent to this cemetery.

A family gathers around the symbolic grave of their ancestor during a traditional Sakalava tribal festival in Vohemar. They adorn the grave with fresh linen cloth and present and offering of alcohol. Not pictured are the more than 60 cows being sacrificed in the ocean adjacent to this cemetery

Men wrestle a cow in the Indian Ocean as part of a traditional Sakalava festival in Vohemar. The cows are sacrificed in the ocean because that is the traditional final resting place of the Sakalava ancestors.

Men wrestle a cow in the Indian Ocean as part of a traditional Sakalava festival in Vohemar. The cows are sacrificed in the ocean because that is the traditional final resting place of the Sakalava tribal ancestors.

Family members wrap the bones of their deceased relatives in fresh cloth (lamba) during an All Soul's Day celebration on November 2 in Marovato

Family members wrap the bones of their deceased relatives in fresh lamba (cloth) during an All Soul’s Day celebration on November 2 in the rural village of Marovato

Men practice dancing during a youth development program in Antalaha

Men practice dancing during a youth development program in Antalaha

At a river crossing near Cap Est

At a river crossing near Cap Est

A young girl cautiously looks on as we visit her family's house in Cap Est

A young girl cautiously looks on as we visit her family’s house in Cap Est

Women work together to haul large baskets of freshly harvested seaweed in Cap Est

Women work together to haul large baskets of freshly harvested seaweed in Cap Est

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One thought on “Through my lens (part 5)

  1. Thanks, for sharing the beautiful pictures, I can hardly believe the color of the sky and water there, such an interesting culture. Glad you are doing well. Auntie, Myra

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