In a village not too far from Antsirabe, lived a man named Rakoto who grew katrony (hashish) in big quantity. Since he liked the katrony too much, he smoked a lot of it every day. He also made clothes (rongony) from it, and made a lot of money that way.
He stacked the grains of katrony and ate them with rice and meat. Every day when he went to his farm to milk his cows, he first smoked 5 stems of katrony and ate a bowl of rice mixed with katrony powder. One day after he had smoked too much before milking the cow, he got the wrong cow and tied the bull. But the bull charged him and cut his left leg.
Since then, all his descendants, the Antsirabe people, are prohibited from touching or smoking the katrony.
Malagasy tale translated to English by Dr. Y., Afrolegends.com
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More Madagascar representation! That was a story I would’ve never expected to read, but it was fun doing so.