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After expelling from their chief town Ratsifofo and Ratsitohana, Indramarolona, ​​his people and the insurgents settled on their territory. Soon the war ceased and a peace treaty was concluded without difficulty. However, despite their defeat, their village Tsihitatrano escapes the domination of the Zarabehavana.
Later, the intrigues begin. Indramarofotsy as the eldest son of Indramarolona, ​​is logically the immediate heir to the throne. Seeing the preparations for his accession, his very jealous younger brother Ratongalaza feels a hatred all the more implacable as the day of the induction ceremony approaches.
Ratongalaza, however, does not dare to declare an open war for fear of the reaction of Ramialy, who, by birth order, comes immediately after Indramarofotsy. “He then resorted to felony, and endeavored to induce the future king to commit criminal extravagances to provoke his unpopularity, and thus to prevent the people from promoting it” (Theodore Raharijaona, “Les Antaisaka, Nowadays “, 1967). This is easy because Indramarofotsy is “a mediocre observer despite his basic goodness”. Teal damage every night to the Indramaro-fotsy rice field. A notable of the palace, Taitsotso offers to keep it voluntarily against these harmful birds. Every morning he reports on his night surveillance.
Meanwhile, Ratongalaza tries to catch teals. One night, he follows Taitsotso, who will take care of him. In the early morning, when the good guard returns to the village, Ratongalaza slips into the rice field of his brother, scattering the feathers of the teals to disturb the water. “All this to make believe that these ducks had taken their frolic during the night. “
In turn, he joins the village and waits for Taitsofo to finish his account of the night. He then suggested to Indramarofotsy to check on the ground the veracity of the reports of Taitsofo, for “this very morning … I saw that the water was cloudy and that teal feathers floated there in many places”. Without thinking, Indramarofotsy rushed in and noticed the damage done in his rice field, felt a great wrath against Taitsofo, called him and without asking him for explanations “nailed him on a large stone with his saga called bezaha or big sleeve “. Free homicide which discontents all the people, especially since the victim is a notable esteemed and respected by all.
Ratongalaza is raised to the throne and Indramarofotsy “lost the crown forever; Disgrace extending without exception to all his descendants. ” As for the rice field, it is called Taitsofo since that date.
But while Ratongalaza moved to Vatomasy, his older brother Ramialy, the legitimate successor of Indramarofotsy, became irritated and settled in Ankarana, northwest of Vangaindrano. At that time, the latter was called Nosipandra. It is a vast territory covered with a very thick forest. Ratongalaza endeavored during his reign to organize the country and beautify the villages. “He succeeded in giving the latter a symmetry hitherto unknown, and consequently a much more gay aspect. He transforms all surrounding swamps into rice fields, encourages his subjects to work them well, even gives prizes to the best producers to motivate others.
His kingdom grew larger because he rallied around him all the inhabitants of the neighborhood. “Hence the name Zarabehavana, which has many allies. The consequence is an overcrowding that leads Ratongalaza to destroy the bamboo fields that border the village to build new huts.
A long period of drought occurs. Women are forced to draw water from the Mananara River. Most of the time, they make bad encounters with the numerous bandits who infest the immense forest bordering the long and tortuous path to be traveled. In order to avoid being frequently robbed and molested, they pay
Men to fetch water in their place. “This expensive water supply system gave birth to the word Vangaindrano (where water is bought)
With whom henceforth Nosipandra was to be called. “