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The Gurage; A People ojthe Ensete Cultwe. WILLIAM. A. SHACK. London, New York, Nairobi: Oxford. University Press (published for the International. One of the most ubiquitous and traditional crops of the Gurage people is Ensete, The Gurage people still retain many of their unique cultural practices and. Gurage: A People of the Ensete Culture. (New York: Oxford University Press); Gebreyesus. Hailemariam (). The Guragué and Their Culture. (New York.

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This means a very low percentage of rural youth attend school. The give valley mainly represents kolla climate. The low stretching area, the cupture fringe of the rift valley and the Wabegive valley having an elevation of m. Other towns in Gurage include Endibir and Enseno. National Geographic World Music. Gurage man and his daughter at Deber Tabor village, Ethiopia.

The Gurage, the writer Nega Mezlekia notes, “have earned a reputation as skilled traders”. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Most of the zone lines in the winedega division. As of [update] one of the largest natural forests is Ziarem forest also known as Forehinaabout hectares in size. Their languages are not always mutually intelligible.


However, according to the historian Paul B. Gurage people are known as hard workers and as a model of good work culture in the whole Ethiopia. It is typically expected that a Gurage will extend hospitality to their neighbors and kinfolk in dispensing ensete freely to them. Northern, Eastern and Western. Men, usually having the primary income, control the family economically and distribute money. The mountainous highland represented by the Gurage mountain chain, dividing the zone east to west, having an elevation of m.

Retrieved 25 June The Gurage people occupy the southernmost areas of the central plateau, about miles southwest of Addis Ababa; mainly semi-mountainous country, with highland forest and green valleys and plains where the Chibieand Gogeb rivers flow.

In episode 8 in bizarre foods, Andrew Zimmern tasted the ‘Kocho and said it tasted like gurafe and it made his mouth dry.

Instead, it is churned into butter, and a typical Gurage household has a large quantity of spiced butter aging gurabe clay pots hung from the walls of their huts. Often a small section on one side of the house is equipped for livestock cows, sheep or goats, and perhaps a horsewhich are kept in the house during the night.

Gurage Zone

Ensete is totally involved in every aspect of the daily social and ritual life of the Gurage, who, with several others tribes in Southwest Ethiopia, form what has been termed the Ensete Culture Complex area Distinctions are drawn between spirits that only possess men, spirits that only possess women, and spirits that possess victims of either sex.

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Sometimes the paste is just cooked over a griddle. They participate in traditional religious practices such as offerings to Waq,their supreme deity. Goro Meskanena Mareko Ezhana Wolene. Tigrayhistorical region, northern Ethiopia. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. In addition to ensete, a few cash crops are maintained notably coffee and khat and livestock is raised mainly for milk and fertilizer.

If the victim does not recover naturally, a traditional healer, or sagwara, is summoned. At its apogee 3rd—6th century ceAksum became the greatest…. Animal husbandry is practiced, but mainly for milk supply and dung.


Gurage languages are spoken as a first language by For this reason, the term Gurage is used in a cultural sense more than in a linguistic. Thank You for Your Contribution!

Mesqan, Mesmes, Zay and Sebat Bet. Animal husbandry is practiced, but mainly for milk supply and dung.