The Konso people of southwest Ethiopia worship the sky God,Waq,and place carved wooden effigies at prominent places to honour their illustrious ancestors. These eerie totems are often found grouped together. They can depict a dead hero,his wives,his enemies slain in battle or dangerous animals he may have killed in his lifetime.
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- The Konso people of southwest Ethiopia worship the sky God,Waq,and place carved wooden effigies at prominent places to honour their illustrious ancestors. These eerie totems are often found grouped together. They can depict a dead hero,his wives,his enemies slain in battle or dangerous animals he may have killed in his lifetime.
- A Konso youth of southwest Ethiopia carries home a wooden yoke used by pairs of oxen to plough the land.
- A young woman at the entrance to a Konso homestead in southwest Ethiopia.The konso have a great affinity for wood and stone, large tree trunks and branches surround every home, and special care is taken to select the most pleasing shapes for their entrances.
- The central meeting place, mora, of an old Konso village set in dramatic scenery in southwest Ethiopia. The oldest villages date back 500 to 600 years and are fortified with huge dry stone walls.The Konso people are very industrious farmers, cultivating poor soil on terraces, which are buttressed with stones and rock.
- An old Konso woman with facial scarification smokes a traditional pipe made in part from a small decorated gourd. Tobacco is grown locally by the Konso.
- A Konso man wears a phallic Kallaacha on his forehead. Made of cast aluminium and ivory or bone,the Kallaacha is worn during the tribe's initiation and gada age-grade ceremonies. The Konso who live by their successful agricultural economy,live next door to the pastoral Borana and have many customs in common including the wearing of the phallus.
- Konso men wear stylish,brightly-coloured hats,which they weave from locally-grown cotton. Only men work the wooden looms but women flay the cloth to flatten the warp and weft. Much of their production is used to make the voluminous skirts of Konso women.
- A Konso village set in dramatic scenery in southwest Ethiopia.The Konso people are very industrious farmers,cultivating poor soil on terraces,which are buttressed with dry-stone walls. They share a number of customs with their neighbours,the Borana. They both worship the sky God,Waq,and both have an ancestor cult.
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