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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Children are raised by the extended family and community. With the advent of urban living, however, this pattern is changing, and children often live far from their families and have a much harder time supporting them.


Butter is believed to cuture medicinal, and the Gurage often take it internally or use it a lotion or poultice. Based on the Census conducted by the Central Statistical Agency of Ethiopia CSAthis Cultuer has a total population of 1,, of whom guage, are men andwomen; with an area of 5, A Gurage proverb states that “A sickness that has the upper hand over butter is destined for death.

In addition to ensete, a few cash crops are maintained notably coffee and khat and livestock is raised mainly for milk and fertilizer. Furthermore, they are responsible for Settlement of disputes and management of conflict aimed at obtaining justice and social. Guraginya is related to Geez and subsequently Amharic and Tigrinya.


Gurage people

The distribution of rainfall and temperature mainly flows this pattern. However, the largest group within the Eastern subgroup, known as the Silt’eidentify foremost as Muslims.

The ritual ends when the possessing spirit announces that it is satisfied.

Gurage houses are circular structures held together with- out the use of nails with wooden spokes protruding from a center pole to support the thatched roof.

Sebat Bet speakers are over one million. Kitfo a minced raw beef mixed with butter and spicy pepper is commonly attributed to the Gurage.

It is typically expected that a Gurage will extend hospitality to their neighbors and kinfolk in dispensing ensete freely to them. In other projects Wikimedia Commons.

Gurage woman from Ethiopia. The Gurage regard overeating as coarse and vulgar, and regard it as poor etiquette to eat all of the ensete that a host passes around to guests. 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 Despite common belief to the contrary, Aksum did not originate from one of the Semitic Sabaean kingdoms of southern Arabia but instead developed as a local power.

It is typically expected that a Gurage will extend hospitality to their neighbors and kinfolk in dispensing ensete freely to them. Earth shrines to Waq are common outside of villages.


Meat is not consumed on a regular basis, but usually eaten when an animal is sacrificed during a ritual or ceremonial event. Webarchive template wayback links Articles containing potentially dated statements from All articles containing potentially dated statements Coordinates on Wikidata. Slavery, condition in which one human being was owned by another.

The low stretching area, the western fringe of the rift valley and the Wabegive valley having an elevation of m. Also, the belief still exists that females are less competent then males and that education is wasted on them.

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It can be stored for up to several years in this fashion, and the Gurage typically retain large surpluses of ensete as a protection against famine. Some Gurage also plant teff and eat injera which the Gurage also call injera.

The only way gurags eat ensete is to make into a paste. Throughout the Gurage cultural region a periodic marketing system operates, with most markets operating only on a unique day of the week.

The Gurage raise zebu. Animal husbandry is practiced, but mainly for milk supply and dung.