Esubalew Yitayew singing spiritual song

Esubalew Yitayew is humming a hymn. Speaking of Ethiopia would be difficult without bringing up the Ethiopian Tewahedo Orthodox Church. The two are inextricably linked to one another. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church has played a crucial defining role for the people of this historic nation ever since its founding in the fourth century. Even today, it’s common to see kids as young as 7 enter a churchyard solemnly, bow, kiss the ground, pay respects, and then humbly leave. Religion is arguably taken more seriously than anywhere else in the world in the contemporary era thanks to Ethiopia’s Tewahedo Orthodox Church. Tewahedo, which translates to “being made one,” is an Orthodox concept that depicts Jesus as having a one, united nature, embodying both his divine and human parts. Immigrants from Sabaea crossed the Red Sea and settled in Ethiopia in the first millennium B.C. They practiced polytheism and honored and worshipped numerous gods of the sea, the sky, and the land. The Sabaean pantheon would be superseded by the Greek pantheon with the advent of Greek civilization to Ethiopia. Famous Greek inscriptions about Zeus, Poseidon, Aries, Hermes, and Hercules were left at Adulis by an unidentified Ethiopian Emperor. Ethiopia will start to form its own Ethiopianized culture and identity by the third century. This would result in the gods’ names taking on a more Ethiopic pronunciation. Almouqah would change into Seamy, Poseidon into Baher, and then Aries into Mahrem.

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