Konso Cultural Landscape

 

 The Konso Cultural Landscape is a recently designated world heritage site (2011). It is an arid area of stone walled terraces and fortified settlements in the Konso highlands of south west Ethiopia. It constitutes a spectacular example of a living cultural tradition stretching back 21 generations (more than 400 years) adapted to its dry hostile environment. The landscape demonstrates the shared values, social cohesion and engineering knowledge of its communities. The site also features anthropomorphic wooden statues (Waga) - grouped to represent respected members of their communities and particularly heroic events - which are an exceptional living testimony to funerary traditions that are on the verge of disappearing. Stone steles in the towns express a complex system of marking the passing of generations of leaders.

Konso can be visited on route to the Lower Omo valley.

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