In peaceful times an unescorted Karo woman strolls down a path
through the village. One of several clans of related Batak tribal
peoples, the Karo Batak decorate their traditional multi-family
rumah adat homes in a style distinguishable from
the other clans. Until only a few of decades ago the Batak clans
constantly waged war on each other.
without nails--using wooden beams, dowels and rope, and covered
with a saddle-shaped roof made of atap a palm
thatch--Karo houses are raised on stilts and built to last for
centuries. A white buffalo totem caps the peak at each end of
a prow-shaped roof, peering over a colorfully woven bamboo strips
inset featuring bold, geometric patterns.
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