January 23, 2009 at 11:29 am 5 comments

By Rizalina Tama Saragi

SMAKBO Indonesia

Honai is the traditional house of the mountainous community in central Papua. The house has a round shape and is usually occupied by 5-10 people. Made from planks of rough wood with the sago palm roof-top, a Honai is approximately 4-6 meters in diameter and 5-7 meters in height. It has woven bamboo arranged circling the interior walls of the house and one door at the front. The house has four support poles in the middle and fireplace to chase out cold air at night, it is also the place to cooked; hipere (sweet potatoes), wam (pig), and vegetables. The floor is usually just the earth covered with dried grass.

There men and women live in separate areas of the Honai, usually the men sleep circled around in the ground floor, with the head in the middle and foot on the edge outside, likewise the women sleep on the first floor. The women and children lived in same house, but if the boys grown up they move into their father’s Honai. The ground floor and the first floor are connected with a ladder from bamboo. They also generally they have are 3 different buildings according to functions. One Honai is for resting place (sleep), the second is where they usually to eat together in a crowd and the third building is for the livestock pen.




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  • 1. Zahra smakbo  |  January 29, 2009 at 6:49 am

    .this is zahra.
    .one of smakbo’s sbi student that entry in this year.
    .it’s very nice to join with our global window of smakbo.

  • 2. Arkan smakbo  |  January 31, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    I’m just thinking maybe sometime I can go to Papua and stay in Honai..

  • 3. Andris, Nining, Rizal, Riza  |  April 14, 2009 at 1:25 am

    hello ,,,,,,!!! we will give comments about the home Honai, according to our house Honai house is a very unique views of the shapes are very funny with a rounded shape, such as mushrooms, but if the thought be thought more as if the house is eligible for use in populated up to 10 people, it seems too most, but nonetheless we still be proud of the custom house on the land owned by the state water we Indonesia ………………………

  • 4. anggi,arief,nendi,yuliawan  |  April 14, 2009 at 1:26 am

    honay house was very interesting and unique, where
    unique building located on the globe, there are many windows and form the door.Honay house is also very convenient to place the mountain because it is located in the cool air .There is ethics very high, as evidenced with separate men -women. honay house also there are 3 different buildings in accordance with its function. Honay is a place to rest (sleep), the second is where they usually eat together in the crowd and is the third building to house honay livestock . so enclosure is suitable for people at this time ….

  • 5. Mariana Cantik  |  August 21, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    I proud to recognize that you are my twins 😀

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