Note that the thatched dome is placed apart on top of the flat ceiling structure.

This close-up to the right shows how the flat structure carrying the roof of this part of a Chikide compound is cross layered with guinea corn stalks forming a ceiling inside.

The ceremonial wall abuts the kitchen walls on each side but the abutments are plastered with daub. The ceiling and the thatched roof on the top cover the sacred area of the compound. I refer to this area as the foyer. The following 3 images illustrated this.

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DGB sites of northern Cameroon