Antandroy

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The Antandroy (or Tandroy) are a traditionally nomadic ethnic group of Madagascar inhabiting the arid southern part of the island called Androy roughly located between Amboasary and Beloha and between the ocean and Bekily.

Ethnic identity[edit]

Distribution of Malagasy ethnic groups

Their name means "people of the thorns" in reference to the spiny thickets of endemic plants that characterize the southwestern region of Madagascar.[1]

Society[edit]

The Antandroy are a traditionally nomadic ethnic group of Madagascar inhabiting the arid southern part of the island called Androy roughly located between Amboasary and Beloha and between the ocean and Bekily.

Culture[edit]

The Antandroy consume less rice than the average Malagasy because of the extreme aridity of Toliara province. They have rather subsisted on a traditional diet of maize, sweet potato, manioc, and zebu milk and curd.[1]

Whereas most dwellings in Madagascar are traditionally constructed from pliable plant materials, the Antandroy are one of the few ethnic groups to use wood plank in their homes.[1]

Funeral rites[edit]

They build tombs similar to those of the Mahafaly.[1]

Dance and music[edit]

A performance of Antandroy dance

They are celebrated for their unique traditional dances, performed with spears and accompanied with distinctive music punctuated with shrill fipple flutes.

Language[edit]

The Antandroy speak a dialect of the Malagasy language, which is a branch of the Malayo-Polynesian language group derived from the Barito languages, spoken in southern Borneo.

Additional Information[edit]

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