Konso Cultural Landscape

Konso Cultural Landscape: Southern Nations Ethiopia inscribed in 2011

The Konso Cultural Landscape properties including the traditional stone wall towns (Paletea), ward system (kanta), Mora (cultural space), the generation pole (Olayta), the dry stone terracing practices (Kabata), the burial marker (Waka) and other living cultural practices are the reasons for the inscribiton of the Konso cultural landscape to be listed on UNESCO world heritage sites list.

Cultural properties constituting the Konso Cultural Landscape are:-

  • The traditional stone walled towns (Paletea) and their organization and associated cultural properties including the Kanta (Ward system), Mora(Cultural space), with its men house (Pafta), Generation marker tree (Olayta), erected stones (Daga-hela and Daga-diruma)
  • The dry stone terrace( kabata), used for water and soil conservation
  • The traditional maintained grooves (forests) which serve as a refuge for many endemic plants
  • The burial marker statuettes (Waka) made of wood and unique to Konso people
  • the ponds (Harda)
  • The active traditions of Konso (erecting stelae)