Malagasy units of measurement

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A number of units of measurement were used in Madagascar to measure length, mass, capacity, etc. The Metric system was introduced in Madagascar in 1897.[1]

System before metric system[edit]

Several units were used.

Length[edit]

One rahf was equal to 46.46 in (1.18 m) (the value was double in the northern part of Madagascar).[2]

Mass[edit]

For gold and silver[edit]

Units included:

1 vari = 3 nanki

1 sompi = 2 vari = 60 grain.[2]

Capacity[edit]

One bambou was equal to 0.0568 bushel.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cardarelli, F. (2003). Encyclopaedia of Scientific Units, Weights and Measures. Their SI Equivalences and Origins. London: Springer. p. 7. ISBN 978-1-4471-1122-1. 
  2. ^ a b c Clarke, F.W. (1891). Weights Measures and Money of All Nations. New York: D. Appleton & Company. p. 50.