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Andriamahilala

by Micha F. Lindemans
"Queen of Heaven." The Madagascan mother-goddess. When the gods created humans, she gave them flesh and form, while the others gave them bones, blood, and breath. The gods later asked the new humans what kind of death they wanted, and gave them two choices. The first was to be like the banana tree and send forth shoots that would live on after they themselves had died. Or, to have no children but to be like the moon which dies each month and is reborn the next month, thus living forever. They chose to be like the banana tree.

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