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Gusarova Ekaterina

Religious Feasts in Late Medieval Ethiopia (according to Data from Chronicles)


Gusarova Ekaterina (2016) "Religious Feasts in Late Medieval Ethiopia (according to Data from Chronicles) ", Vestnik Pravoslavnogo Sviato-Tikhonovskogo gumanitarnogo universiteta. Seriia III : Filologiia, 2016, vol. 49, pp. 36-45 (in Russian).

DOI of the paper: 10.15382/sturIII201649.36-45

Abstract

The present article offers an analysis of occurrences of the religious feasts, attested in texts of the Royal chronicles of Ethiopian kings and rulers, mostly in the second half of the 18th century AD. This was due to the fact that all the scribes (Royal secretaries) were educated in the traditional schools, i.e. Church schools. There they had to participate in Church services and some of them became priests. That is why they were well acquainted with the Hole Scripture and Church practices. The period in question was marked with the considerable political destabilization and decentralization of the Ethiopian state. This considerably influenced religious feelings of the population. The official historiography in the second half of the 18th century is dedicated not to the Monarch but to the influential feudal lords, who managed to concentrate the control over the country in their hands. The main goal of the present research is to verify which religious feasts were celebrated at the Royal court during this difficult epoch and which were ignored. The data extracted from the chronicles of the second half of the 18th century were compared with the previous historiographical material.

Keywords

Ethiopian Church, religious feasts, Ethiopian Royal Chronicles, Ethiopian historiography, traditional education, Takla Giyorgis I, political decentralization, Ethiopian history, Ethiopian manuscripts, Ethiopian literature

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