Tata Sombas are fortified huts that are the architectural treasures of the Betamaribe. It is said that the distance between two tata sombas is the distance an arrow can be shot from the roof of one.
The door is always opened on the west side, which they believe is the direction of life, and the doorstep is flanked by small altars. Each member of the family has their own altar and it is devoted to the worship of a voodoo deity.
Each house is considered to have life, being divided between shade and light, masculine and feminine. A tata is a symbol of fertility and fecundity that the women honor by decorating its surface with grooves made with the tips of their fingers on the wet mud.
While waiting to discover somba country first-hand, you can learn more details in the Practical Guide to Pendjari which can be found at the Park entrances, the SONAEC bookstore in Cotonou and other places.