Hallpike, C. R. (Christopher Robert). The Konso of Ethiopia: A study of the values of an east Cushitic people

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Chapter I: Introduction

1. Konso In Relation To The Rest Of Ethiopia

2. History Of Konso 1896 – 1965

3. Previous Ethnography

4. The Circumstances Of My Fieldwork

5. The Aims Of This Monograph

Chapter Ii: Konso Land And Life

Chapter Iii: Konso History Before 1896

1. The Konso And East Cushitic Societies

2. Migrations And The Poqalla

3. The Invasions At The End Of The Sixteenth Century

Chapter Iv: Political Organization

1. The Regions

(a) The Towns

(b) The Regional Poqalla

(c) The Sacred Drums

(d) The Gada Systems

(e) Warfare Between The Towns

2. Town Organization

(a) Dual Sections

(b) Wards And Councils

(c) The Town Drum And The Nama Dawra

(d) Working Parties

(e) The Xora Dehamta Ceremony

3. The Status Of The Craftsmen

Chapter V: Clans, Kinship And Marriage

1. The Nine Clans










2. The Lineage And The Poqalla

3. The Family And Kinship Terminology

4. Marriage

5. Conclusions

Chapter Vi: Konso Values

1. Values And Institutions

2. East Cushitic Cultural Values

3. Neighbourhood And Free Association

4. Peace, Discussion, And Truth

5. The Value Of The Individual

6. Seniority

7. Male And Female Relationships

8. Masculinity And “merit”

9. Conclusions

Chapter Vii: Time Reckoning

Chapter Viii: The Gada Systems

1. The Garati System

2. Circumcision And Procreation By Farayta

3. The Takati System

4. The Turo System

5. The History Of The Systems And Their Purpose

Chapter Ix: God And Earth

1. Introduction

2. Waqa And The Social Order

3. Evil Spirits And Ghosts

4. Well Spirits

5. Body And Soul

6. Ritual

(a) Prayer

(b) The Moora And The Cult Of Masculinity

(c) Sacrificial And Game Animals

(d) Colours

(e) Numbers










(f) Conclusions

7. The Poqalla As Priest

8. Elders, Warriors, And Social Harmony

9. Earth And Women

10. Earth And Death

The Death And Funeral Rites Of The Kalla

11. Conclusions

Chapter X: Witchcraft And Healing

1. The Role Of The Witch-doctor

2. Diseases And Their Cures

Konso Medicines

3. Magical Substances

4. Dreams And Their Interpretation

Auspicious Dreams

Inauspicious Dreams

5. The Suaita Qondina

Chapter Xi: Social Change 1967–1997

1. Introduction

2. Population And The Environment

3. The Last Years Of The Imperial Regime

4. The Coming Of The Derg

5. Literacy And Education

6. The Eprdf Regime, And Modern Conditions

7. Christianity

8. The Rise Of Urbanism

9. Conclusions

(a) Economic Individualism

(b) The Gada System

(c) The Status Of The Poqalla

(d) Traditional Religion

(e) Conclusions

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Title: The Konso of Ethiopia: A study of the values of an east Cushitic people

Published By: AuthorHouse. 2008. xix, 514 p. ill., maps

By line: C. R. Hallpike

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

Culture: Konso (MP17)

Subjects: Location (131); Settlement patterns (361); Community structure (621); Streets and traffic (363); Community heads (622); Community councils (623); Inter-community relations (628); Lineages (613); Status, role, and prestige (554); Priesthood (793); Revelation and divination (787); Tillage (241); Land use (311); Water supply (312); Territorial hierarchy (631); Form and rules of government (642); Real property (423); Research and development (654); Missions (797); Acculturation and culture contact (177);

Abstract: This book examines the ways traditional Konso values gave coherence to their social institutions and religious rituals. Emphasis on the values of communal life and masculinity led to the continuity of a unique settlement pattern consisting of compact, stone walled towns situated atop extensively terraced hills. In each town, one finds not just individual homesteads and wards, but also well cared for communal ritual spaces and men’s houses, together with clusters of standing stones and anthropomorphic wooden grave figures commemorating battles and hometown veterans.

Document Number: 4

Document ID: mp17-004

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 479-487) and index

Field Date: 1965-1967, 1997

Evaluation: Anthropologist-4, 5

Analyst: Teferi Abate Adem

Coverage Date: 1500-1997

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

LCSH: Konso (African people)


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