Internet Horology Club 185
What the Rural Folks in Madagascar Call the Time of Day

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December 15, 2014, 16:10
Ethan Lipsig
What the Rural Folks in Madagascar Call the Time of Day
Try fitting these times on a dial:

12:00 a.m. Halving of night
2:00 a.m. Frog croaking
3:00 a.m. Cock- crowing
4:00 a.m. Morning also night
5:00 a.m. Crow croaking
5:15 a.m. Glimmer of day
5:30 a.m. Diligent people awake
6:00 a.m. Sunrise
6:15 a.m. Dew falls; also: Cattle go out (to pasture)
6:30 a.m. Leaves are dry (from dew)
6:45 a.m. The day chills the mouth [winter months only]
8:00 a.m. Advance of the day
9:00 a.m. Over the purlin [roof beam]
Noon Over the ridge of the roof
12:30 p.m. Day taking hold of the threshold
1:00 p.m. Slipping of the day
1:30 to 2:00 p.m. Decline of the day
3:00 p.m. At the place of tying the calf
4:00 p.m. At the sheep or poultry pen
4:30 p.m. The cow newly calved comes home
5:00 p.m. Sun touching. (i.e., the western wall)
5:30 p.m. Cattle come home
5:45 p.m. Sunset flush
6:00 p.m. Sunset (literally, “Sun dead”)
6:15 p.m. Fowls come in
6:30 p.m. Dusk, twilight
6:45 p.m. Edge of rice- cooking pan obscure
7:00 p.m. People begin to cook rice
8:00 p.m. People eat rice
8:30 p.m. Finished eating
9:00 p.m. People go to sleep
9:30 p.m. Everyone in bed
10:00 p.m. Gunfire