Konso in Ethiopia

Population

309,000

Christian

61%

Evangelical

49%

Largest Religion

Main Language

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Profile Source: Anonymous


Introduction / History

There are almost 200,000 Konso confined to a homeland of considerably less than 1000 square kilometers. The Konso have no memory of where their ancestors originated. They assume they have always lived in the tiny hilly territory in the far southwest of Ethiopia. Their African ancestors, however, probably arrived there around 5,000 years ago, bringing with them the prevalent stone age culture and agricultural techniques that are still evident today.

From these beginnings their remarkable culture developed in virtual isolation. Surrounded by their neighbors, they continue to till their fields. With the exception of trading with the Borena for salt or cowrie shells, outside influence has virtually passed them by. They have always fiercely defended their territory. This is evident in the fact that each village is walled. Much of their land is terraced and planted with trees, and the fertile fields are tended, irrigated and fertilized.

There is a passionate love for work in the blood of these people. Children marry around the age of fifteen. Though the Konso are not a proud people they do not look favorably on intermarriage. Non-Christians can have three or four wives. They do not live together with extended families, and inheritance is passed down to men only.




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Country Ethiopia
Continent Africa
Region East and Southern Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country South of Lake Chamo, Sagan River bend. A few in Kenya
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People Name General Konso
People Name in Country Konso
ROP3 Code 105202
Joshua Project People ID 12786
Indigenous Yes
Population in Ethiopia 309,000
Least-Reached No
Alternate Names for People Group Conso,
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Konso 309,413
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Affinity Bloc Horn of Africa Peoples
People Cluster Omotic
People Name General Konso
Ethnic Code CMT33d
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Largest Religion Christianity
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
61%    ( Evangelical  49% )
Ethnic Religions
39.00%
Hinduism
0.00%
Islam
0.00%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
5.00%
Protestant
75.00%
Orthodox
20.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
0.00%
Photo Source: Silvia van Roozendaal
Map Source: Anonymous
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