What Had Happened?

 The Malagasy people, especially the rural tribal people, are very spiritual. They worship their ancestors in various ways, several times a day. The soil that encapsulates the bones of their ancestors is considered sacred. It is taboo to go to the bathroom on the west side of a living area because that is where the souls of the ancestors dwell. I had just walked five minutes to the west (wrong!) side of the huts to go to the bathroom instead of walking five minutes to the east (correct!) side. Essentially, I had relieved myself on their ancestors' souls!. From then on, when I had to go to the bathroom, I was led by the hand of my small host brothers and sisters in the appropriate direction. Fair enough!


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