HomeBlogs Men’s houses A common institution in Papua is the men’s house.
These buildings, bigger than all other houses, tend to dominate the
villages. Traditionally, men live in these together with other men, and
only visit their wives and kids in their smaller, individual houses
occasionally. The system is under pressure from modern ideas of both
the Indonesian authorities and the foreign missionaries, but is still
alive and well in many remote regions, especially the Highlands. Male
visitors (tourists) in the villages may well be expected to overnight
in the men’s house in places where these are still used, while women
may be banned from entering altogether - they should certainly ask
permission if wishing to do so!