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Miary’s sacred banyan

Miary’s village is well-known for its sacred banyan which is a fig tree characterized by long descending branches that reach the ground and thus look like roots. Miary’s banyan is repeatedly cited as the most representative of the island’s essence. The village is reachable by road, 10 km northeast of Tulear.

Miary’s Banian, sacred wood

It is a sacred tree with indian origins and worshipped by its inhabitants. The fig tree is huge and its roots come out of the earth like tentacles. It is wiithin an enclosure and you will be abble to visit this magnificent place that has abundant legends and references to the royal ancestors.

It a silent dark place really convenient for meditation which gives it a singular charm.

Miary’s village : the typical traditional village

The village was formerly owned by the Masikoro ethnic group. The place is easily reachable in a taxi, the village is indeed only 8 km away from Tulear. The village’s main activity is agriculture, you will therefore be able to roam through different fields of manioc, sweet potatoes or mangoes among many and you will also be able to learn more about the traditional agricultural techniques the local people use. To improve the village’s wealth, the local market offers you the organically grown products

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The legend

According to an old legend, long time ago, the village was the victim of ceaseless waves from the Fiherenana river that boards the area. Therefore, the villagers tied together a young man and a virgin with banyan leaves in order to sacrifice them as a tribute and thus release themselves from this malediction. The river accepted the gift and withdrew. Afterwards, a tree grew where the sacrifice took place and would eventually represent the reincarnation of the two children that were given to the river.

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