Madagascar Once Upon A Time Has A Vicious And Cruel Queen

Queen Ranavalona I was born in 1788. Her real name was Ramavo. Ramavo comes from a normal family and has never had anything to do with the nobility. When Ramavo's father learned of the plan to assassinate the king (Andrianampoinimerina), Ramavo leaked the plan to her employer.

As a token of gratitude, Andrianampoinimerina has made Ramavo his own child. Later, Andrianampoinimerina arranged for Ramavo to marry his son, Radama. The young King Radama died of syphilis.

The heir to the throne is Prince Rakotobe (Radama's brother). However in the Malagasy tradition, if Ramavo gave birth to a child even though he was not of Radama descent, he would still be able to inherit the throne. Ramavo, who is very proud of the local tradition, has received a lot of support from her people.


Ramavo was also able to gather a large army to defend the palace within the first few days of her husband's death. Ramavo was finally crowned Queen on June 12, 1829, replacing her husband and Ramavo known as Queen Ranavalona.

After ruling, her first action was to kill Rakotobe and his mother, along with his other relatives. The queen has exercised a fairly vicious rule during her reign.

Ranavalona strives to preserve traditional values and dispels almost any ideology her husband has ever made. Ranavalona had ousted religionists, terminated trade agreements with France and Britain, and fought against French naval attacks.


To punish the people she suspected, Ranavalona forced her people to eat chicken skin followed by peanut crops. The peanut plant will make them vomit and the chicken skin has to be vomited to prove their loyalty.

Once upon a time, Ranavalona's boyfriend, known for having intimate relationships, refused to take up the vomit of chickens. He was soon killed by Ranavalona with a single stab to his neck.

Following victories over France and Britain, Ranavalona has shown 21 European heads at the tip of the spear to warn their enemies.

It is said that the main factor in Madagascar's victory was the fact that many Europeans at that time had malaria. During her reign, Ranavalona also forbade the publication of anything related to Christian practices that had been supported during her husband's reign.


In 1835, the queen claimed that she respected the religious freedom of the foreigners, but not for her people and would punish the death of anyone who violated the rule.

Many Christians have fled, left responsibility for fines, been imprisoned, tortured and executed. Ranavalona also ordered that fifteen priests be executed and many other persecutions committed by the queen for religious reasons.


On August 16, 1861, Ranavalona died at Manjakamiadana palace in Rova Antananarivo. Twelve thousand cows were slaughtered and the meat was distributed to the people of Madagascar in honor of the queen. Her mourning period lasts up to nine months. Her body was laid in a silver coffin at a cemetery in the royal city of Ambohimanga.

During her funeral, an accidental spark sparked gunpowder to be used for the ceremony, resulting in explosions and fires that killed many attendees and destroyed three government residences in Nanjakana, the site of the ceremony.


The population of Madagascar is estimated to have decreased from about 5 million to 2.5 million between 1833-1839, and from 750,000 to 130,000 between 1829-1842 under Ranavalona.

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