Monday, May 05, 2008

Ever wonder what they make mud huts out of?

At first guess, I would imagine 'mud' would make it into your answer. And that would be correct. The bricks are dug out of the ground, but once they are stacked into a hut, there are some finishing touches that must be made. That requires more than just mud.... Enter manure.

After making a suitable mixture of mud and manure (mixed by hand of course. literally), they take a handful of it and smear it across the mud bricks like a stucco. Last step? Wash thouroughly with good soap. You're gonna use that hand to eat later and unfortunatlely that smell will not have worn off yet. Also watch out entering the hut before the coating is sufficiently dried. But don't even kid yourself that your hut won't STINK for the next two or three nights. Sleep through it, that's all there is to do.


At 4:37 AM, Blogger Natalie K. said...

Incredible. Absolutely incredible.


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