Limas House

Limas House

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E-36--LIMASITS–The limas house, also called a bari house, is one of the traditional houses of the Palembang people in South Sumatra. Limas is the combination of the words lima (five) and emas (gold). Formerly, only aristocrats had the right to possess a house of this style.

Typical of the house is the pyramid-like shape of its roof. It is usually built on the riverside one to two meters above land with its facade facing the land, not the river. The locals select only the best hardwoods to build the house

Two stairways, on the right and left, lead to the doors. The stairways usually have odd numbers of stairs, since the people believe odd numbers bring luck.

The limas house consists of three sections; including the front-part called garang, the central part, and kitchen at the rear.

The front part is sometimes equipped with a veranda, called jogan. The central part is divided into two to four sub-sections, called kekijing, where the family’s members sleep and hold ceremonies.

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