Because of their arrogance, the baobab tree has been “exiled” throughout the years, and must live in the head of the earth rooted up in the sky to catch the wind and rain.
In Madagascar, on a dirt road or in remote villages and deserts, the image most often seen by visitors is the giant baobab tree with a large, massive body stretching straight to the blue sky. Looking back from a distance, baobab is no different from trees planted inverted, with roots growing brightly.
Today, this large tree is regarded as a representative image of Madagascar, symbolizing the continuous rise of the arid, harsh African land. People come here often very excited and enthusiastic to pose for pictures with famous trees, with this big and strange shape.
Because of its unique structure, the baobab tree also surrounds it with many legends, woven by the local people. This legend not only made a strong impression in the community of people, but I spread throughout Africa. They believed that when God created the baobab rows, they refused to stand still like other trees and kept running. Therefore, in order to manage this plant, God decided to turn them up, the tops plugged to the ground, and flipped up into the sky.
Other legends tell us that before the baobab was created with an extremely beautiful shape, with flowers and green leaves. Due to their pride in their beauty, they boast with many other plants. To curb this, God decided to turn them upside down to hide the beauty of the tree.
One of the most famous, visited places in Madagascar is the Avenue of Baobabs, near Morondava. Here, you will see many great baobab trees growing on both sides of the road.
Not far from the highway is home to two exotic trees – Baobab Amoureux. These are two large baobab trees, each wrapped around each other like a loving couple. Couples often come here to love themselves or women who wish to have children come to pray.
However, a few years ago Madagascar discovered a “heavenly” truth: these two baobab were all male. The people who had the idea of opposing homosexuality demanded to cut off the Baobab Amoureux because they thought they were not clean. Fortunately, this has not been approved by the government.
The baobab is a beautiful tree, but it does not easily grow anywhere. One of their favorite areas to choose to be “headquarters” is Madagascar. 6 of the total 8 varieties of baobab only grow in this island nation. In addition, visitors can see two other baobab varieties in African countries.
Every year, baobab only blooms and produces fruit in a few weeks. The fruit of the baobab is the favorite food of indigenous people, as they provide lots of vitamins. The leaves used to cook soup, stems are a source of fiber, dyes and firewood. The hollow tree trunk will be modified by the people into a unique natural house. In addition, it is also the uniqueness of this species that has attracted tourism to Madagascar, contributing to improving the poverty of the local people.
Today, this kind of tree that is useful for the life of this indigenous people is facing a threat of extinction. More and more trees are dying because their roots are incompatible with flooding, or being cut down by humans. People often cut down baobab trees to get cattle and agriculture.
In this situation, the Madagascar government introduced measures to save the baobab trees. One of them is the plan to replant giant tree forests with conservation measures.