36     Though at first Ibonia's quest for a distant wife seems to symbolize exogamy, Ottino interprets it as the opposite. He can marry only someone so close to him as to be nearly identical, symbolizing endogamy. "I/ampela/soa/mananoro is quite naturally destined for Ibonia/masi/bonia/manoro" (Ottino, "Les Andriambahoaka," 84). In the Ramayana, he adds, the hero's quest for Sita can be read as a quest for his other half.