However, female empowerment and education in recent times have encouraged women to diversify their roles and also enter politics in Madagascar.
The Malagasy society is made of a small elite and bourgeois class and a large lower class.
A caste system was prevalent in the early Merina society but caste-based discrimination has gradually diluted with time.
Tomato-based sauces in the highlands and coconut milk in the coastal areas are added to the cooked side dishes to enhance the flavor of the dish.
Other additives that are used to add flavor to the are ginger, cloves, turmeric, vanilla, garlic, onions, and salt.
Although gender-based differences are also gradually disappearing from the Malagasy society, a distinct variation in the roles played by the males and females can still be observed in the country.
Men are the primary bread-earners in most families while women usually are engaged in petty jobs or engage in the role of being a homemaker.Marriage among cousins is not uncommon among the Bara people.These people also sacrifice a cow symbolizing the establishment of a marriage bond.A large section of the country’s urban population follows the western style of dressing.In the highland areas, rural areas, and remote places of the country, traditional dresses are still worn.Polygyny was more common in precolonial age and in some areas nearly half the men were reported to have married more than once. Women usually leave their natal homes to live with their husband either in nuclear families or with the extended family of their spouse.