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Image of a traditional Minangkabau house, also known as Rumah Gadang at Padang Panjang, near the city of Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia. Rumah Gadang (Minangkabau; "Big House"), or more correctly called by Minangkabau people, Rumah Bagonjong (Minangbakau; "house with horn-like roof") are traditional homes of the Minangbakau people. A Rumah Gadang serves as a residence, a hall for family meetings, and for ceremonial activities. The houses have dramatic curved roof structure with multi-tiered, upswept gables. Shuttered windows are built into walls incised with profuse painted floral carvings. The term Rumah Gadang usually refers to the larger communal homes, however, smaller single residences share many of its architectural elements.