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Zanahary

by Micha F. Lindemans
Zanahary is the supreme god of the Madagascan pantheon. He has both male and female aspects. There is an earthly Zanahary who creates humans from clay or wood, and there is a heavenly Zanahary who breathes life into them. But occasionally they fight over their creations and then the heavenly god takes back this life-giving breath. The earthly god keeps the bodies (this explains the colorful and festive funerals of Madagascar). Zanahary's wife is the goddess Andriamanitra.

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  • Also known as:
    Zanaharibe

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