Konso in Ethiopia


Population
368,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

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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People Name General Konso
People Name in Country Konso
Population in Ethiopia 368,000
World Population 370,100
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached No
Progress Scale 5
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Conso
People ID 12786
ROP3 Code 105202
Country Ethiopia
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 22  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ region: south of Lake Chamo, Tsegen zone, near Tsegen river bend.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Ethiopia
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 22  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ region: south of Lake Chamo, Tsegen zone, near Tsegen river bend..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Konso (368,000 speakers)
Language Code kxc   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Konso
Primary Language Konso (368,000 speakers)
Language Code kxc   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Konso

Primary Language:  Konso

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1996)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (2002)
Bible-Complete Yes   (2009)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Konso
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Protestant
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 48.80 %)
61.00 %
Ethnic Religions
39.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
5.0 %
Orthodox
20.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
75.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source Silvia van Roozendaal  
Map Source Anonymous  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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