Honai: A Traditional House of Papua

gwezsetyo By gwezsetyo, 30th Mar 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Indonesia is a country with a lot of tribe. The result is Indonesia has a lot of traditional house, language, clothes and much more. Now I will talk about Honai a traditional house from Papua

Honai House

Honai is a traditional house of Papua.
Honai house is made of wood with a conical roof made of straw or reeds.The shape is like a mushroom. Honai house purposely built narrow room or small room and windowless in order to withstand the cold mountains of Papua. Honai usually built as high as 2.5 meters and at the center of the house prepared a place to build a fire to warm them. Honai house divided into three types, namely for men (called Honai), women (calledEbei), and pig cage (called Wamai).
Honai house usually is inhabited by 5 to 10 people. Each family usually has several honai houses. Each Honai house is used with different function. One Honai house is used for a place to rest (sleep), other Honai house for a place to eat together, and the other Honai house use as a place for livestock. Honai Houses generally divided into two levels. The ground floor and first floor that separated by a bamboo ladder. The men slept on the ground floor in a circle, while the women slept on the first floor.


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