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|Subject: Zulu Homestead Thu Dec 24, 2009 10:28 pm|| |
Found this photo on the net of a Zulu Village. On the hill to the right there appears to be another Zulu homestead. Was there any particular reason why they build on the tops of hills.[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
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|Subject: Re: Zulu Homestead Mon Mar 29, 2010 8:33 pm|| |
the only reasons I can think of is that it would be easier to defend if it was on high ground.
another reason is maybe to get a clear view of the land around them to avoind being 'snuck up on'
those are just guesses though
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|Subject: Re: Zulu Homestead Tue Mar 30, 2010 6:24 am|| |
While protection was a consideration, the most important reason was drainage. Remember that originally, the traditional beehive hut had no wall but a small wall of about 3 inches was introduced to deflect water.