Konso Museum

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Konso, Ethiopia
Now 2 pm and with our local guide Gezehagn it was off to the Konso community museum. In this area soya bean, sunflower, maize, cotton, sorghum, millet, kasava, katt, kumera / sweet potato and coffee are grown.

High above the town, across from Kanta Lodge, this new centre provides a very brief introduction to Konso culture, but it's the excellent collection of totemistic waga that makes it a must-see. These carved wooden sculptures are raised in honour of Konso warriors after their death and not only depict the 'hero’ but also his family, and the enemies and dangerous animals he has killed. This collection is so important because most waga have been stolen for sale in Addis Ababa, and erection of new waga is dying out due to the influence of missionaries who oppose ancestor worship.

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