The Konso of southwestern Ethiopia are a Cushitic-speaking people living in densely populated stone-walled towns, often on the summits of hills or at other easily defensible sites. They are intensive agriculturists, using animal and human manure, and terracing. The traditional Konso ethos emphasizes communal life and masculinity reflected, in part, by collectively maintained ritual spaces, and by men’s houses decorated with clusters of stone stelae and anthropomorphic wood sculptures commemorating idealized images of war heroes, famous ancestors and lineage heads.
- Eastern Africa
- intensive agriculturalists