Foundations for a roundhouse

photo by Jens Aaberg-Jørgensen

photo by Jens Aaberg-Jørgensen

I have always been attracted to the idea of a round house and find these clan homes in Fujian absolutely fascinating. What struck me, and I can’t believe I am the first to spot it, is the amazing similarity in layout with our very own stonehenge and I just wonder if a similar structure may have existed there and all we now see are the foundations.

clan homestonehenge

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What I particularly like about the article is one of the reasons quoted for choosing a round construction:

Local superstition holds that evil spirits are everywhere, especially along roads and in brooks, streams and mountain passes. Every corner in a rectangular building is an opportunity for evil spirits to enter the building as the circular tulou have no corners, spirits are more likely to pass by

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