Chaga House

Chaga House
Chaga House

The Chaga people are the third largest ethnic group in Tanzania.  They are found in the northeast part of Tanzania, on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, near the town of Moshi. Look closely, Mount Kilimanjaro is peaking above the clouds in this photo.

In Chaga tradition, their houses are round, built without any corners.  Families are extremely important in Chaga culture; they must always stick together, which is why the Chaga houses have no corners.  Corners cause you to pick a side; without corners, the family is always on the same side.

I found this very interesting … and relieved that this philosophy has not influenced Moshi’s traffic patterns.

Thought for the Day:  A family is a unit composed of not only children but men, women, an occasional animal, and the common cold.                                  Ogden Nash

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