National Geographic : 1967 Oct
Death influences life for a people who believe that ancestors dictate health, wealth, and fertility of descend ants. With songs and gay garb, villagers escort one of their dead to a grave near the northern town of Ambanja. Horns of sacrificed zebus spike a rock-strewn family tomb near Ampan ihy (below). Thrusting above the four foot-high crypt, wooden shafts with crescent moons and octagonal suns illustrate happy events in the lives of the dead. One took an airplane ride; another rejoiced in his cattle; a third excelled in drum beating. A boat owner (right) leads his crew in a tomb sculp ture; in life they carried cargo to ships.