Episode 75: Traditional Sediq Houses

Due to the different environments, Taiwanese indigenous peoples developed different styles of houses. Because the Sediq live high up in the mountains, its traditional housing is different than the straw huts of the Amis and the stone tablet houses of the Paiwan. The Sediq’s traditional housing employs pieces of stone tablets for its roof. They are stacked like fish scales. Using the weight of the tablets for stability, the roof can prevent rain water from seeping through, and strong wind from flipping the roof over. The walls are built using split timber. When people cook inside, the smoke can exit through the gap in the walls. It’s warm in the winter and cool in the summer.


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Posted on March 22, 2010, in physics, Sediq. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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