Aboriginal shelters

Introduction of Aboriginal and Traditional Houses

by Yi Ting Wu from Wunshan Senior High Shool, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Orchid Island Tao tribe living on the island experiences frequent storms, typhoons, and earthquakes on this volcanic island with their limited geography and poor climate condition. Their distinctive culture is the underground houses in Lanyu. Underground houses usually have three different functions; therefore, different buildings are constructed. Buildings are with half-point type with resistance to strong winds to protect the main house; its vertical wall can avoid the storms from damaging the rooms and its balcony railing lets the cool air flow in the house.

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You can see the basic shape of traditional Chinese courtyard houses for Historic home. The main hall is for worshiping and receiving guests; the left atrium is a long room and the right atrium is older.

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