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Rasoalavavolo Transforms Stones into People


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(Malagasy/Madagascar)

The home of Rasoalavavolo is under the water. She is beautiful, has very long hair, which is why she is called Rasoalavavolo, long-haired. Some say that she is a Vazimba, one of the original inhabitants of Madagascar, and others argue that she belongs to one of the conquered royal families.

A woman named Rasoavolovoloina went to visit her and asked for a child. She offered Rasoalavavolo two silver rings and gave her two round smooth stones, which thereupon became two male children. When the two brothers grew up, they went to visit Rasoalavavolo under the water to offer her a gift, a string of coral beads, but she was asleep when they came and so did not speak with them. The brothers were the ancestors of the people who have since inhabited Madagascar.

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