In the past, Malagasy people used to obey and respect the raiamandreny. They held a very important place in the society and to this, they proved to be trustworthy and honest. The youth trusted in their intelligence; they gave good advices to those who needed it, they were fair in judging civil quarrels,.. there was no use defying them because most of the time they were right.

Nowadays, the soatoavina malagasy disappears little by little and we can see it in our everyday life. I know it’s because of the influence of the rich countries with their development and new technologies.Thus, everybody knows that we, malagasy, are not obliged to adopt the wa they live given the fact we wre not equal to them, I mean economically speaking. We can copy them sure, but within moderation, we have to consider the fact we have a limit to respect.

On one hand, the youth become very rude, impolite, rebellious and claim a certain freedom. They say they want to be independent too and they are eager to learn from their own failures. They totally ignore what they will have to face but unfortunately, they don’t want anymore the parents’ advice. Some parents who tried to give them the total freedom they claimed regret it because not only their daughter had to give birth to a baby at the age of 17 and their son became addicted to druggs. Both of tyhe two had to stop their studies and the parents couldn’t afford anymore to feed 5 persons without jobs, besides the cost of the treatments were very high. Those who treated their children as prisonners and gave them no liberty regretted too because their kids run away from home and never returned. Or even have become delinquent and criminals when the police could found them. Each parents know they have to adopt the medium kind of educationh rebellious young people need, they just don’t know how to deal with it, nor do I.

Moreover recently, it’s thye grandfathers ad married men who became infected by an unknown virus. They became sex addicted and prefer to rape little girls.It’s very sad but it’s the truth.You can’t disagree with me in that point, the newspapers are there to prove it. Instead of giving good advices and showing the youth a good model, they become worst than the criminals.

Where has gone the malagasy fahendrena and the respect of the malagasy soatoavina? 



  1. March 5, 2008 at 12:25 am

    Dear Karenichia,

    This post in amazing ! Your writing skills only equals your maturity. Please keep on posting your mind out and informing us on Youth in our wonderful country. The spirit you keep just show the presence of Fahendrena and Soavatiana, you show your care for your friends and family by exposing the problems they are facing everyday.
    What more can one do?

    Take care,

  2. March 5, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    Karenichia I love your posts, and the themes you choose to address. You are the new FBC star . Keep it up. Can’t wait to hear more.

  3. March 6, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    This is very interesting! But I have a couple questions – what does raiamandreny mean? Elders? And what is soatoavina?

    Thank you.

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