Architecture, Art and Tradition, Conservation, Heritage
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During a very long time the richness and the beauty of African architecture were ignored. Despite a relatively low density of population, Africa, more than any other continent, has a great architectural complexity. According to atlas's of African civilizations, more than 2000 people live there and each one has practically its own singular material culture. To appreciate the African houses, it is not enough to know how and with what they were built. The way they are integrated into the landscape and tally with the needs and beliefs of the persons who elaborate it are also capital criteria.But given the prodigious variety of religions and rituals that occur in Africa, it is inconceivable to speak broadly of architecture, at most can one release from a certain number of common characteristics, some rare general information.
The architecture of Cameroun North has been chosen for the present study because of its richness and its artistic diversity: Mousgoum (houses shell), Matakam (stone houses), Moslems (soro); but mostly because of the fact that it has attracted little attention from researchers.The architecture of this part of the country constitutes a national and even worldwide heritage which would have absolutely to be safeguarded and also a tourist field to develop.