Residence of Lahus

The houses of the Lahus are quite similar in style and structure to those of the Dai. The size of the house varies according to the size of the family, from smaller houses, which accommodate four or five people, to large ones that can hold twenty to thirty people. Built from bamboo and wood, the Lahus' houses are often two storied with the family living on the upper floor and the livestock stored on the ground floor.

The upper floor is generally partitioned into two rooms, a living room and a bedroom, with a fire in the center of the living room playing a pivotal role in the Lahus' daily lives. Each house has, on its right side, a staircase built from tree thick tree trunks leading to a balcony and the door to the family living quarters.

The Lahus living among Han or Yi people usually build Han style bungalows with roofs covered with straw or board. The erection of a new house is a communal affair. All the adults in the village will assist the family in its construction and once it is completed a great community-wide celebration is held.







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