Photographer's Note

Kassena tribes live in concessions ("Sonron" in Kassen dialect) that consist of flat roof cabins where people with consanguinity bounds or alliance live together.

The concession is a real ground fortress, with a sole aim : to defend against potential enemies. Historical reasons explain it, for the "gurunsi" people had to fight against numerous invaders in the past.

This massive, but elegant architecture proved its efficiency. The kassena people succeeded in preserving its autonomy. The entrance is very low (approx. 50cm) with a semi-round shape. Inside, it is immediately followed by a small wall, made to protect the inhabitants from the intrusion of wild animals, as well as enemies.

To reach their adversaries, enemies had to penetrate the cabin squatting and putting their head forward inside the door. The kassena warrior, usually the head of the family, sat on a wooden mud bench, then just needed to behead his ennemy...

Still now, even though tribal wars are over, kassena architects have kept those features in their housing, at least for the "dinian" type cabin. Tomorrow i shall post some other types of cabin that can be found.

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