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The Konso people living the Omo Valley, Ethiopia, is known for its religious traditions; In the village, we can find statues, called "Wagas" or "Wakas", which represent dead Konso chiefs or people who had a heroic life by killing wild animals or enemies; But since antique shops have bought the oldest ones, nowadays they tend to be very rare or are hidden by the community in the fields;

Another tradition is the one of the erection of stones and poles in the center of the traditional villages; A generation pole is raised every 18 years, marking the start of a new generation; The age of a village can be determined by how many poles are standing;

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has added in September 2011 the ‘Konso Cultural Landscape of Ethiopia’ to it's World Heritage List because of the nearby fossil beds (the latter an archaeological site of early hominids);

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www.ericlafforgue.com

The Konso people is known for its religious traditions; In the village, we can find statues, called "Wagas" or "Wakas", which represent dead Konso chiefs or people who had a heroic life by killing wild animals or enemies; But since antique shops have bought the oldest ones, nowadays they tend to be very rare or are hidden by the community in the fields;

Another tradition is the one of the erection of stones and poles in the center of the traditional villages; A generation pole is raised every 18 years, marking the start of a new generation; The age of a village can be determined by how many poles are standing;

The Konso, in Omo valley, Ethiopia, are quite a rich tribe as they have a lot of lands; they live in an isolated region of the basalt hills;

The villages are located on hilltops and organized like wood fortresses; To enter a Konso village, you must pass through a gate and a serie of alleys, part of its security system, keeping the village difficult to access; The people are split up into communities and ruled by traditional chiefs; Each community have a main hut;

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has added in September 2011 the ‘Konso Cultural Landscape of Ethiopia’ to it's World Heritage List because of the nearby fossil beds (the latter an archaeological site of early hominids);

© Eric Lafforgue

www.ericlafforgue.com

The Konso are quite a rich tribe, because they have a lot of fields. The villages are really big, organized like wood fortresses, and are ruled by traditional chiefs.

In the village, there are statues, called "Wagas" or "Wakas", which represent dead Konso chiefs or heros who had a heroic life -they killed animals, enemies... But since antique shops have bought the oldest ones, nowadays they tend to be very rare.

The Konso had an interesting tradition after having a fight with an other tribe: they take the tibia bones of their dead ennemies, burn them to ashes, and then dance around.

Before the women were all half nude with a typical white skirt, but as missionaries are very active in the area, they tend to wear Arsenal tee-shirt to hide their breast... There is actually a big challenge in Ethiopia between christian and muslim activits to convert the remote villages.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has added in september 2011 the ‘Konso Cultural Landscape of Ethiopia’ to it's World Heritage List.

 

© Eric Lafforgue

www.ericlafforgue.com

The Konso people living the Omo Valley, Ethiopia, is known for its religious traditions; In the village, we can find statues, called "Wagas" or "Wakas", which represent dead Konso chiefs or people who had a heroic life by killing wild animals or enemies; But since antique shops have bought the oldest ones, nowadays they tend to be very rare or are hidden by the community in the fields;

Another tradition is the one of the erection of stones and poles in the center of the traditional villages; A generation pole is raised every 18 years, marking the start of a new generation;Â The age of a village can be determined by how many poles are standing;

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has added in September 2011 the âKonso Cultural Landscape of Ethiopiaâ to it's World Heritage List because of the nearby fossil beds (the latter an archaeological site of early hominids)

 

© Eric Lafforgue

www.ericlafforgue.com

Symbolizes a new generation. A pole is set up every 18 years in villages in Konso.