Image from page 265 of “Strange peoples & customs” (1921)

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Identifier: strangepeoplescu00evan
Title: Strange peoples & customs
Year: 1921 (1920s)
Authors: Evans, Adelaide Bee
Subjects: Children Missions
Publisher: Mountain View, Calif., Pacific Press
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
Digitizing Sponsor: The Library of Congress

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opening forthe window is very large, often nearly thewhole side of a room. Sometimes these win-dows are closed during the day to keep outthe heat and the bright light, but when thesun is down they are opened wide to let in thecool air. If the owners can afford it, thereis an iron grill to protect from thieves. In adriving storm, the windows are closed. NIPA HOUSES But the great mass of the people live inwhat are called nipa houses. A light frameof wood is set up, and the walls are filled inwith mats of bamboo, with a bamboo mat ona frame for the window. Or the walls maybe of bamboo poles, laid one above another,or of nipa leaves, laid on in rows. Any mate-rial that is at hand and cheap, is used. The roofs of these little native houses aresteep, and most of them are thatched with thelong, strong leaves of the nipa palm. Forthat reason they are called nipa houses. There is a rainy season and a dry seasonin the Philippine Islands. Sometimes duringthe rainy season so much water falls that

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A Family of Believers at Bacolod all the lowlands are flooded. This is onereason for building the houses on piles abovethe ground. Under many of these houses, a man canwalk easily. Pigs and chickens and dogs roamabout under them, or stretch out to sleep whenthe sun is hot. Often rubbish of all sorts isstored or collects under the house. When wewere in Manila last year, we saw a very largewhite pig under a house facing one of thecitys finest avenues; but this year the pig isgone. In his place is a shiny new automobile! Once in a while one sees a native house thatis very neat and clean. There are flowersin the windows, and the ground beneath issmooth and neatly swept. The floor of a nipa house is often made ofsplit bamboo. When this kind of floor is care-fully laid, of smooth bamboo, and becomes (266) HOUSES AND PEOPLE 267 polished with use, it looks very nice indeed.And it is surely easy to sweep, for all thedirt falls right through the cracks! In some homes the people sleep on the flo

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