Basketo people

Basketo people

The Basketo people are an Omotic-speaking ethnic group living in the Semien Omo Zone of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Region. The woreda Basketo is named after this ethnic group.

The Basketo cultivate ensete and, additionally, tuber roots, maize, millet and vegetables. They also keep domestic animals in small numbers.

Traditionally, the Basketo were organized as a segmentary clan society headed by a divine king, the kati. The ethnic religion of the Basketo knew a duality of the sky-god Tsosii and the earth-mother Qacharunde. Under Ethiopian rule they mostly adopted Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity.

The Basketo were conquered for the Ethiopian empire by Ras Welde Giyorgis in 1893.

See also


  • Azeb Amha and Dirk Bustorf: "Basketo". In: Encyclopaedia Aethiopica. vol. 1. Wiesbaden 2003. pp. 499f.
  • Eike Haberland: "Die Basketto und verwandte Stämme". In: Altvölker Süd-Äthiopiens. Stuttgart 1959. pp. 189-226.

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