Batak house on Samosir Island, North Sumatra, Indonesia 07 Sep 2016
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Examples of traditional Indonesian architecture can be seen among the Batak community near scenic Lake Toba in North Sumatra. There are many distinguishing features among traditional houses here. Built from organic materials that grew nearby, the houses traditionally had four main hardwood posts, each with a symbolic meaning, and steep roofs suitable for shading its owners from the tropical sun in the dry season and from torrential downpours when it rained. Most were also raised on stilts for ventilation and as protection from rival clans and marauding beasts in the thickly forested surrounds.
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