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KONSO CULTURAL LANDSCAPE

 

The Konso Cultural Landscape is a 55km² arid properties of stone walled terraces and fortified settlements in the Konso highlands of Ethiopia.

It shows a spectacular example of a living cultural tradition stretching back 21 generations (more than 400 years), adapted to its dry hostile environment.

The landscape demonstrates the shared values, social cohesion and engineering knowledge of its communities. The site also features anthropomorphic wooden statues - grouped to represent respected members of their communities and particularly heroic events - which are an exceptional living testimony to funerary traditions that are on the verge of disappearing.

Stone stelea in the towns express a complex system of marking the passing of generations of leaders. The cultural properties include the traditional stone wall towns (Paletea), ward system (Kanta), cultural space (Mora), the generation pole (Olayta), the dry stone terracing practices (Kabata), the burial marker (Waka) and other living cultural practices. All these expressions are some of the reasons for the precipitation of the Konso Cultural Landscape to be registered by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites.

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