Pray for the Tanala of Madagascar. They are skilled woodsmen, food gatherers, and hunters, trading in beeswax, honey, and other forest products. They observe patrilineal descent and often live in large compounds consisting of a father and his sons or of a group of brothers. They hold deeply to their traditional religious practice, which is based on animism and ancestor worship. They believe that there are spirits all around us in nature and that people must try to please the spirits.