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population of madagascar


the malagasy people originate from malayo-polynesian, african and arabic sources

the population of madagascar population is now estimated of about 20 million people distributed in 18 different tribes each of which occupies a definite territory in the island of madagascar. each tribe of the malagasy has more or less special facial characteristics which allows, besides the distinctive dialect, to well distinguish them from each other. in general, the tribes who descend from malayo-indonesian parental strains show the largest asian affinities and are concentrated in the highlands of madagascar while the tribes which more or less resemble africans and arabs live rather along the coastal areas and are mostly sea farers or breeders.

the pages that follow briefly describe each of the 18 tribes.
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