The Tale of Rapeto and Traditional Malagasy Dances
By Vony Randrianonenana, Madagascar. This is the story of Rapeto, a kind giant who fell into the sea and created the island of Madagascar. After the story, enjoy two traditional Malagasy dances.
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- [00:00:07.790]Good morning, dear children.
- [00:00:10.250]My name is Vony
I'm from Madagascar,
- [00:00:13.610]Madagascar is the island in Indian ocean
- [00:00:18.560]Over here and it's a part
of the African continent.
- [00:00:22.790]So Madagascar is the island over here.
- [00:00:26.090]People living in Madagascar
Is called Malagasy. Today,
- [00:00:30.590]I'm going to share with you a
traditional tale entitled
- [00:00:35.390]Rapeto. So let me start. Once
upon a time, dear children,
- [00:00:40.730]there was a huge man,
- [00:00:43.220]a giant whose head reached to the sky.
- [00:00:48.440]And when he took a step, it would reach,
- [00:00:52.460]the other end of the word,
because he's very big,
- [00:00:57.410]tall, huge, but he's very,
- [00:01:01.070]very kind. One day a poor peasant
- [00:01:05.870]Saw a huge tree trunk
and decided to cut
- [00:01:10.710]it. So at the first blow of the ax,
- [00:01:15.980]Rapeto thought it was a mosquito bite.
- [00:01:20.990]So he didn't pay much attention.
- [00:01:24.860]The peasant didn't know
that this is the giant's leg.
- [00:01:30.110]He thought
- [00:01:30.650]it was a tree and he continued to chop to
- [00:01:35.300]Chop and Rapeto scratched his
- [00:01:39.710]leg from time to time,
- [00:01:42.980]the blood began to flow, flow and
- [00:01:47.960]became the stream, a red stream.
- [00:01:52.910]And then a river.
- [00:01:57.560]Rapeto's blood
didn't stop flowing and turned
- [00:02:02.210]into fertilizer,
- [00:02:04.850]which means his blood made the land
- [00:02:10.640]And the great variety of trees grew in the
- [00:02:17.420]Then, Rapeto fell into the
- [00:02:21.860]sea, as you can see.
- [00:02:25.460]So it is said that Rapeto's fall into the
- [00:02:29.960]ocean caused the waves.
- [00:02:33.980]And this is why the sea
does not stop moving.
- [00:02:38.720]It's waving. Madagascar
- [00:02:43.070]island came out of the
ocean when Rapeto
- [00:02:47.570]fell into the sea.
- [00:02:49.970]That's why Madagascar has the shape of
- [00:02:55.580]Rapeto's left foot.
- [00:02:58.160]As you can see, the sole of his left foot.
- [00:03:03.370]So from the story of Rapeto
what we have learned?
- [00:03:08.410]Rapeto brought,
- [00:03:10.090]four benefits for all
over the world, first,
- [00:03:15.040]the stream and the river
from the giant leg,
- [00:03:19.390]blood from Rapeto, like blood.
- [00:03:23.320]The second one is the land,
- [00:03:25.530]Became fertile and grew a variety of
- [00:03:30.190]trees, plants because of his blood.
- [00:03:36.370]when he fell into the sea, from that time,
- [00:03:41.410]the sea didn't stop moving, the sea wave
- [00:03:46.600]and fourth the shape of Madagascar from the
- [00:03:51.370]sole of his left foot.
- [00:03:56.890]So thank you very much for your attention.
- [00:03:59.770]I hope you enjoy that traditional tale.
- [00:04:04.360]Now I'm going to present
you a traditional dance,
- [00:04:08.290]Malagasy dance.
- [00:04:10.300]So I hope one day you will be
coming here in our touristic
- [00:04:15.340]beautiful, lovely island,
Madagascar, at least,
- [00:04:19.960]you know,
- [00:04:20.740]our famous traditional
dance called Afindrafindrao.
- [00:04:25.810]Thank you very much, dear children.
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