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"Xhosa homesteads" Cape Town Local Custom Tip by Jenniflower

Cape Town Local Customs: 53 reviews and 49 photos

  Huts in the background - dancing in foreground :)
by Jenniflower

Homesteads have always traditionally been circular in format, with screened off kitchen areas outside the circular sleeping area. The hut is made of a frame of poles and shrubbery and boughs from trees in the shape of a bee hive.

They built these huts in a semi circle, and in the middle was their prized cattle. They made their homesteads like this for safety. Their maize was also safely stored away, in shallow pits beneath the cattle enclosure!

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  • Written Apr 19, 2006
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