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image by Jaume Ollé, 02 Mar 2009
"The Merina is the largest ethnic group in Madagascar.
population of 3 million which is equal
to about one-quarter of the country's population, they speak a
Malayo-Polynesian language and are
concentrated in the central highlands.
Their ancestors, the Austronesians, migrated from the Malay Archipelago (Borneo, Sumatra, Java, Malaysia) around the beginning of the Common Era. Today, the Austronesian features of the Merina are still quite visible." Further details can be found at here.
Since 1997 the Merina Nation has an "ethnic" or "local" flag as shown above.
Details of the historical flags of Madagascar can be
found at this
Chrystian Kretowicz, 02 Mar 2009