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Masai dwellings are oval in shape, low roofed and have a skeleton structure made from branches pasted with fresh cow dung which bakes hard under the hot sun.  The structural framework is formed of timber poles fixed directly into the ground and interwoven with branches that are plastered with a mix of mud, sticks, grass, cow dung and human urine, and ash. Women do the entire job of building the huts and are also responsible for maintenance especially during wet weather when there may be leakage. One hut may take up to three weeks to complete.  Masai huts are very small with perhaps two "rooms" and not enough room for these tall Maasai to stand upright or lie fully stretched. They are also very dark with a small door-way and tiny hole in the roof that lets a little light in and releases smoke from the fires.

Masai dwellings are oval in shape, low roofed and have a skeleton structure made from branches pasted with fresh cow dung which bakes hard under the hot sun. The structural framework is formed of timber poles fixed directly into the ground and interwoven with branches that are plastered with a mix of mud, sticks, grass, cow dung and human urine, and ash. Women do the entire job of building the huts and are also responsible for maintenance especially during wet weather when there may be...
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