Amborn, Hermann. Concepts in wood and stone: socio-religious monuments of the Konso of southern Ethiopia

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Title: Concepts in wood and stone: socio-religious monuments of the Konso of southern Ethiopia

Published in: Zeitschrift fu?r Ethnologie -- Bd. 127, heft 1

Published By: Zeitschrift fu?r Ethnologie -- Bd. 127, heft 1 Dietrich Reimer Verlag. 2002. 77-101 p. ill.

By line: Hermann Amborn

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2016. Computer File

Culture: Konso (MP17)

Subjects: Mnemonic devices (211); Visual arts (5311); War veterans (729); Cult of the dead (769); Social personality (156); Ethos (181); Status, role, and prestige (554); Woodworking (322);

Abstract: The Konso are renowned for carved wood sculptures and hewn stone stelae. Artistic elements depicted in these unique objects are described in early accounts of Konso society. By shifting the focus to their deeper meanings and day-to-day cultural functions as memorials of war heroes and ancestors, this article argues that these works of art help the Konso inculcate shared values and ideal images of admired and respected individuals.

Document Number: 7

Document ID: mp17-007

Document Type: Journal Article

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 100-101)

Field Date: 1973-1974, 1980-1981, 2000

Evaluation: Anthropologist-5

Analyst: Teferi Abate Adem

Coverage Date: 1931-2000

Coverage Place: Konso Special Woreda, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region, Ethiopia

LCSH: Konso (African people)

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