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    MUZIBU AZAALA MPANGA
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  Muzibu Azaala Mpanga
  Anthropological Dimensions
  The Thatched Roofs
  Bark Cloth
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  Tourists visit Muzibu Azaala Mpanga
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  The Muzibu-Azaala-Mpanga is circular in plan and has a dome-like shape. The main building that can be seen today was rebuilt in 1882 by Kabaka Mutesa I. The first palace originally built by Mutesa I’s father, Kabaka Suuna II in 1820 does not exist anymore.

Its massive scale can be seen in its external diameter of 31 meters and an internal height of 7.5 meters. Illustration of the plan of Muzibu Azaala Mpanga
   
 
  Illustration of the plan of Muzibu Azaala Mpanga
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  Illustration of the western elevation of Muzibu Azaala Mpanga
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  Illustration of Section AA of Muzibu Azaala Mpanga
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  On entering the courtyard, visitors are immediately captured by the beauty of the thick thatched roof which extends all the way down to the ground. Entrance to the Muzibu-Azaala-Mpanga is through a low, wide arch flanked on both sides by richly woven reeds. The inside is partitioned using a huge bark cloth which secludes the “sacred forest” where the four royal graves lie. Entrance to the “sacred forest” is limited to the widows of the Kabakas, the royal family, the Naalinya, and Katikkiro. The inside of the house is adorned with power insignias such as drums, spears, shields, medals, and photographs of the Kabakas buried there. The floor is covered with a thick layer of lemon grass and palm leaves mats. The whole structure is supported by gigantic straight wooden poles wrapped in bark cloth. This creates a striking impression of harmony and power.
 
 
  Interior View of Muzibu Azaala Mpanga
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