BABAKOTO – The Merina lemur god. Babakoto was at first an ordinary man. Through a series of misfortunes he wound up being accused and condemned to death for a crime he did not commit. Nobody would believe his innocence, however, and so he began plotting to escape before his execution could be carried out.
Babakoto’s escape attempt was successful but Merina forces pursued him into the jungle. The supreme deity Zanahary took mercy on the wronged man and transformed him into the first lemur. When the Merina saw the man’s transformation they realized they were wrong and Babakoto was an innocent man.
From that point on lemurs were considered another tribe of Madagascar and it was taboo to the Merina to kill any of them. Babakoto mated with a human woman and his first bride gave birth to a multitude of lemurs, which was how they got to be so numerous.
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