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The Konso Peoples

konsoKing of Konso Kala GezahegnThe Konso inhabit an isolated region of basalt hills-essentially an extension of the southern highlands-lying at an altitude range of  roughly 1,500m to 2000m, and flanked to the east by the semi-desert Borena lowlands and to the west by the equally harsh Lower Omo Valley. Mixed agriculturists, the Konso make the most of  the hard,  rocky slopes that characterize their relatively dry and infertile homeland through a combination of extensive rock terracing, the use of animal dung as fertilizer, crop rotation, and hard work. Traditionally, a waga will be erected above the grave of any important Konso man or worrier, surrounded by smaller statues of his wife and defeated foes.