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Every Wednesday, the city of Ambalavao in Madagascar holds a large market day where herders and merchants come together to trade zebus, a type of cattle native to the island. This market, known as one of the largest zebu markets in Madagascar, is a place where people can buy and sell these sacred animals, which play a vital role in the culture, economy, and daily life of the Malagasy people. Zebus are used for food, milk, transportation, and have symbolic importance in religious ceremonies and rituals. They are also a symbol of royalty and have played a significant role in the history and daily life of the Malagasy people. From birth to death, the zebu accompanies the population and is a vital part of the culture. Cattle provide the primary source of income for 60% of Malagasy households - In some areas, possession of cattle is a more significant determinant of wealth than land ownership. Ambalavao, Madagascar. 26 October 2022