When a visitor first arrives at a homestead, it is customary to wait at the social insaka to await the host.

Forms an enclosed social circle where conversations occur.
Villages sometimes have a main insaka. This provides a space for public meetings and decisions. This main insaka may be bigger than the others in individual homesteads but this not necessarily the case.
Insakas are often placed on small hills. These hills are actually termite or ant mounds which are unoccupied. The ground is stable and it allows for good views and breezes. Being higher elevated it also adds to its importance.
Sitting Spaces
Main sitting areas are the walls or built in seating, such as a brick bench.
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Social Insakas purpose: