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Distribution of Malagasy ethnic groups.

The Bezanozano are believed to be one of the earliest Malagasy ethnic groups to establish themselves in Madagascar,[citation needed] where they inhabit an inland area between the Betsimisaraka lowlands and the Merina highlands. Their name means "those of many small plaits" in reference to their traditional hairstyle, and like the Merina they practice famadihana (the reburial ceremony).[1]

The Bezanozano 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.


  1. ^ Bradt, Hilary; Austin, Daniel (2007). Madagascar (9th ed.). Guilford, CT: The Globe Pequot Press Inc. pp. 113–115. ISBN 1-84162-197-8.