Papua House

Papua House

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E-35-1-IRIAN-HOUSEITS–The tribes in Papua live in traditional houses which are architecturally different from each other. The Asmattribe, who lives near the seashore, resides in four-angled houses, while the Dani tribe, who lives in mountainous areas, resides in round-shaped houses.

The Dani people dwell in a place like a stronghold, called a sili. Inside the sili, there is honey,a house for males, an ebei, a house for females, a hunu or cooking house, a wamai or pig house, and a house to store their ancestor’s ashes.

Each honey and ebei have two stories, downstairs for chatting and the stove, upstairs for sleeping. Since the house is shaped in a circle, the inhabitants sleep with their feet placed toward the center. The floor as well as the roof is covered only with dry weeds.

There are no windows on the walls, which is facilitates in keeping it warm inside the house. A 75centimeter-high door is the only passage into the house.

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