National Geographic : 1921 Jan
EVERY-DAY LIFE IN AFGHANISTAN 103 MOST OF Till; HOUSES OF AFGHANISTAN ARE CONSTRUCTIVE OF SU N-BAK1ED MUD BRICKS The roofs are made by spreading long rush mats over poles placed as rafters. Upon the mats is smoothly laid about six inches of, mud. Bits of hollowed wood are set in the mud to serve as rain-spouts. Photographs by IIaji Mirza Hussein MANY HOUSES OF AFGHANISTAN RESEMBLE BEEHIVES To secure strength against the weight of the winter's snow and to shed water, the roofs of these structures are dome-shaped. Although the climate is healthy, due to the hot, dry air, in which bacilli do not thrive, the country is often visited by epidemics, owing to the unclean and insanitary dwellings of the natives.