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Many of the traditional villages are situated on a hilltop or on a slope down toward a river, with houses often grouped around a central dancing/ritual space. Most Garo villages had and some still have a dormitory for unmarried boys/men, a roofed but open construction meeting house, memorial posts and granaries at some distance from the village. Some also had a guestroom. Tree-houses are built to watch over crops. Traditional houses have three rooms. The main room is the living room. The entrance room is on the ground level, but the living room and the sleeping room are on a platform. Wood and bamboo are the main construction materials, with wooden posts or standing stones to support the platform. In 1999, the heavily Christian village of Emangiri had a large renovated house used merely as a community hall.

Keywords: bamboo; Christian village of Emangiri; community hall; dormitory; Garo villages; wood

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