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Photo 59: early morning fog

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Photo 60: He, She, Right, Left

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Photo 61: kraal gate

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Photo 62: Armar

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The Arbore area is divided into 4 main villages – Murale, Eegude, Kulam and Gandarab. Every village has a fixed basic geometric structure. In the middle is situated nab, the village square. It is the centre of public attention. Around nab the huts of the individual clans are l arranged in crescent formations with the openings pointing outwards. The huts of the clan chiefs are located on the right. Right means authority and power. This hierarchy of topology is an important aspect of the social structure.

The openings of the huts point in that direction from which the clan derives its descent. A lot of clans trace their origins to the Borana or Dassanetch. This is reflected in numerous myths (Graph_ neighbors).

The paths in and around the village are precisely defined. Some paths go through imaginary gates.Every clan has its own kraal (sum), which is entered by an opening in the fence (tchicha). In the middle of the kraal is the herd fireplace (sum). Sum shows the way for the homecoming herd, warms the animals and chases away annoying insects. The clan’s gate, karr, leads from the kraal outside.. After the last war, most of the karr was destroyed and was not rebuilt. For the same reason, the outer fence of the village (agala) does not exist anymore (Graph_village).