Episode 3

Duration: 30 minutes

First transmitted in 1961, David Attenborough looks at how the people of Madagascar worship their ancestors. Some open their tombs each year and entertain the dead with feasting and dancing; some worship on the shores of a sacred lake where they believe their forebears live on in the shape of crocodiles. David also catches a boa constrictor and brings it back to London Zoo.

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David Attenborough
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Geoffrey Mulligan
David Attenborough


  • Fri 16 Jun 1961 20:25 BBC Television Service

  • Wed 24 Jan 1962 17:25 BBC Television Service

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