Welcome to Konso Kantas
Walking through the narrow maze of paths inside the defensive walls of Konso kantas (villages) feels like entering another world. The twisting stone-walled walkways connect family and clan compounds, each with a clutch of thatched-roof homes, communal mora (where young men sleep at night to serve as watchmen and community servants for the village) and public squares where generation poles (one pole is raised every 18 years) and sometimes battle stones (commemorating victories over and defeats by enemy tribes) stand tall. These squares traditionally also contain the famous Konso wagas. Any wagas found inside a family compound were carved only to earn birr from snap-happy tourists.