Daga

Daga, pronounced DUGAH, is a Shona mixture of mud, cow dung, and other substances used to plaster homes. It provides insulation for heat and cold weather. The plaster is great for keeping the rain out. Because the cattle dung is high in ammonia, it works as an antiseptic, which prevents grains from germinating. It can be used to plaster floors, which are hygenic and hard up to 18 inches high. Shona people use the substance to plaster exterior walls which can be painted.

Works Cited 

Bessire, Mark (1998). Great Zimbabwe. Rosen Publishing Group Inc. ISBN 0-531-20285-2 

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