This image shows the ceremonial walling of a Chikide compound. Although the walling is structurally much less solid then that of the DGB sites it shares a concern for flat facades, The latter is a common feature among many groups of the western N Mandara mountains, for example the Kamwe (Higi-Kapsiki), but not the Mafa (see map). However, only the Chikide, Dughwede and Guduf build ceremonial walls of this kind in between two kitchens. We can see the two kitchens to the left and right protected by thorns. They are also built with stone but plastered with daub. Great care is given to the construction of such ceremonial walls. The main objective is to make them as aesthetically pleasing as possible with a flat and smooth outer surface. They demonstrate prosperity and local pride and provide the facade behind which the most sacred area of the compound is enclosed. Such walls are often many generations old and are regularly repaired. Sometimes they fall down and have to be completely rebuilt by using the existing stones and adding new ones to improve their stability and looks. Sometimes stones are dressed to fit better and local people always aim to get horizontally coursed lines of stones. All Godaliy compounds are built on stone platforms which can also be seen on this image. The thatched roof is positioned on top of a flat structure of wooden sticks and guineacorn stalks.

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DGB sites of northern Cameroon