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Title:Settlement Pattern of the Kabiye
Authors:Larson, Thomas J.
Reiss, Janet
Year:1985
Periodical:South African Journal of Ethnology
Volume:8
Issue:3
Period:September
Pages:81-86
Language:English
Geographic term:Togo
Subjects:Kabre
settlement patterns
dwellings
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:The original settlement pattern of the patrilineal, patrilocal Kabiye of northern Togo consisted of an extended household that could even include the families of the owner's younger brothers. All buildings had cylindrical walls, faced inwards and were joined by an encircling wall. Entrance was through a kitchen cum entrance hall (kujong) to the quarters of separate families comprising sleeping, storage, and cooking facilities. Grain was stored in a distinctive funnel-shaped, roofed silo. Chickens and small stock were accommodated on the ground floor of such storage structures. The eventual introduction of rectangular houses coincided with the construction of smaller settlements, seldom accommodating more than one family. The present exposition forms a baseline for the future study of social change among these people. - Fig., ref., sum. in Afrikaans.
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