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THE ANTHOPOLOGY OF HOUSING CONSTRUCTION (PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY)

Posted by: Haile Bokure

Date: Tuesday, 01 August 2017

"THE ANTROPOLOGY OF HOUSING CONSTRUCTION" 
Ones a Czechoslovakian Anthropologist who was our Professor at the American University explained to me how every part of the house is named after human anatomy in his country. for example, the construction materials such as plywoods (murale in Italian), are used for roofing are called "RIBS" while the windows "EYES" with their semi-circle at the top "EYE-BROWS." and the front door of course, "MOUTH"

In Eritrea, the overall structure of the house seems to be associated with SECURITY. For example, the window is known as መስኮት (meskot) whereby one escapes in case of emergency (ኣፈ-ርክቡ) as the saying goes መስኮት ኢሉ ወጺኡ (sneaked out). The innermost of ህድሞ (terraced house typical of rural Eritrea) is known as ውሻጠ meaning private room reserved for keeping some valuable possessions. The door is named after verbal noun ማዕጾ derived from the word ዓጸወ (he shut) indicating how it is more pronounced when it comes to security in a society that ones used to live among dangerous animals and enemies. 
-Haile

 

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