Bagondang is the roof style of the Minangkabau house. The roof turns upward at the ends like horns. Why are they shaped like horns? That's because the Minangkabau people engaged in bullfights as a pastime. The word Minangkabau comes from "menang kerbau" when they won bullfights. So the bull horns decorate not only the Minangkabau women's headgear but also the roofs of the Minangkabau houses. They must be proud of the bull horns. The Malacca palace in the old days had bagondang roof structure because the sultans were probably Minangkabau people from West Sumatra. The photos below were taken at USM students' hostel cafeteria. The caterers are probably of Minangkabau extract or origin or probably travelled there.
|Minangkabau houses with bagondang roofs|