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  • Beehive Tukel

    Posted by Brian Jones

    1 December 2003 – beehivetukel (92k image)

    There is a fantastic collection of huts or tukels in Ethiopia and every region has a distinctive style. In
    Bolosso there are two main styles; the first is the beehive tukel pictured above, where the thatch come right down to the ground. The second style has distinct mud walls with a thatch that comes down only to the level of the door.

    The tukel houses a family, usually consisting of the head of the household (usually male) and his wife (or ONE of his wives in the case of Bolosso Sorie) and a range of children. It's not uncommon to find 2 or even three children below five in the house.

    Each hit is divided inside with a distinct area for a cow or ox and a goat in the richer households. Chickens are also a common household occupant and are perch themselves in the rafters or in special nests attached to the walls.

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