Rafohy

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Rafohy
Tomb of Rafohy in Alasora Madagascar.JPG
Symbolic tomb of Rafohy in Alasora
Queen of Alasora
Reign 1530–1540
Predecessor Rangita
Successor Andriamanelo
Dynasty Hova dynasty

Queen Rafohy (1530–1540) was a Vazimba queen who ruled at Alasora in the central Highlands of Madagascar until her death. Her name means "The Short One." She succeeded upon the death of Vazimba Queen Rangita, who by different accounts was either her mother or her adoptive sister. This confusion in the oral tradition extends to the two women's very identities - according to different accounts, Rafohy may have been the mother of Rangita, and Rangita may have been the mother of the famed king Andriamanelo.[1]

The mother of Andriamanelo (Rafohy or Rangita) married twice: while her first marriage eventually produced one son, the second marriage with a Merina named Manelobe produced a daughter and her eldest son whom she designated to succeed her upon her death. This designated heir, King Andriamanelo (1540–1575) became the first King of Imerina by ultimately turning against the Vazimba and leading a military conquest that would drive them from the Highlands.

In accordance with vazimba custom wherein the bodies of the dead were submerged in sacred bodies of water - occasionally after being placed within coffins made from hollowed-out logs - it is said that upon Rafohy's death, her body (like that of Rangita) was submerged in a bog within a silver coffin shaped like an outrigger canoe.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Callet, F. Tantara ny Andriana. Imprimerie Catholique, 1908. Accessed on October 2, 2010.
  2. ^ Kent, R.K. Early Kingdoms in Madagascar: 1500-1700. Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1970.
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Rangita
Queen of Alasora
1530–1540
Succeeded by
Andriamanelo