National Geographic : 1942 Jun
Madagascar: Mystery Island 805 © Georges Achermann from Rene Leonhardt Every Malagasy Wears a Lamba, Huge White Coverall Shawl At night the robes serve as blankets. Most are made of unbleached muslin, but women of the Hova caste sometimes make theirs of silk. Wide brims on the braided raffia palm-leaf hats are a sign of affluence. Why Madagascar Has Plenty of Meat-One of the Island's Five Million Cattle The zebu withstands both rainy and dry seasons well. His breed often attains a weight of 1,500 pounds, of which more than 60 percent is dressable meat (p. 812). Humped cattle are the oldest domestic animals on the island.