The first structural elements to go up are the central posts, which are from six to nine meters long, and number from three to five. These form a row down the center of the house and carry the weight of the ridge of the roof. They are set into the ground about a meter, and will also serve the very important purpose of being a support for the hammocks in which the Indians sleep. Across the tops of these posts lies a beam of similar proportions, which requires great physical strength and engineering ability to raise and secure in place.
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