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This chapter discusses the experience of the authors in Sulung village, called Sanchu. It talks about the religions followed by the people and the architecture of the houses in the village. The chapter relates the meeting of the authors with Mrs. Hopo, a Bangni lady from Chiyang Tajo. Sulung settlements are small, with typically five to ten houses. They are often located on isolated spurs near areas where sago palms grow. Houses are simple and of a rectangular type on a raised platform, accommodating a nuclear family. The sections of the house are: front veranda with ritual space; a central room with one fireplace; a narrow corridor-like side room for storage and toilet; rear veranda for storage. Granaries are built at some distance from the houses. The materials used for building houses are wood and bamboo, cane for joints and banana leaves or bamboo matting for the roof.

Keywords: Chiyang Tajo; Mrs.Hopo; Sulung village; wood



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