5     "The structure of the center and the cardinal points is first presented at the level of marriage but will come to be considered on the political level. . . . Not aiming at territorial unification, the political theory in Ibonia is limited to piling up so much prestige on behalf of the Sovereign of the Center that he will establish incontestable preeminence" (Ottino, "Les Andriambahoaka," 85). The phrase izao tontolo izao (this present totality), which in the Tantara means the center of the island, is the Merina translation for the European conception of the universe (Molet, La conception, 1:27-28).