Swaziland Vernacular Architecture
House on Fire
Mantenga Cultural Village
"A living museum of old traditions and represents a classical Swazi lifestyle during the 1850s. It comprises 16 huts, kraals and byres for cattle and goats, reed fences and other structures."
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Aerial view of cultural village. The bee hive huts are enclosed in a fence constructed of wood poles for security.
Protective fence constructed of wood poles.
Looking at the beehive huts from the outside of the fence.
Girls hut inside of compound enclosed with a fence.
Traditional bee hive hut.
Entry to hut traditionally was low so that attackers had to bend down to enter the structure.
View from the inside of the cultural village.
nterior view of bee hive hut.
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