18     The prominence of woman in her roles of daughter, sister, and wife throughout the Malayo-Polynesian world, reinforced by the Indo-Muslim heritage, produces female heroes like Rasoabemanana. Figuratively nisikin-dahy (she girded her loins like a man) means she exerted effort, but the association of the root sikina (loincloth) with circumcision signifies her transformation into a female warrior (Ottino, L'Etrangˇre, 390 n, 551-52). Motif K1837, Disguise of woman in man's clothes.