Cluster of village clans who have their individual open spaces surrounded by tall houses, one of which we see from the inside
Wainyapu village is across the river from Ratenggaro. The village is really different from any of the others we have seen so far, in that it is in fact a collection of 12 clans who each have built their houses, six or seven, or so, in a circle, surrounding an open space, which provides room for their tombs, but also, judging by the stone sculptures, for prayer (and for football, and whatever other social event). The circles are really well enclosed, you need to get through a narrow opening between the houses to get into the clan’s domain.
We get the chance to look at the houses, and their extraordinary construction, in more detail as one of the villagers invites us to have a look inside his house. There is a fireplace inside, under the tall roof, and some rooms have even been constructed, but the house is essentially nothing more than one big communal floor with a roof. One of the things I had never realized is that the four supporting poles of the house are, all four, intricately carved!
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