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Title:Discourse against Catholic doctrine in Tegray (Ethiopia): a nineteenth century text
Author:Ancel, Stéphane
Periodical:Aethiopica: International Journal of Ethiopian Studies (ISSN 1430-1938)
Geographic term:Ethiopia
Subjects:historical sources
Ge'ez language
Catholic Church
External link:https://journals.sub.uni-hamburg.de/aethiopica/article/view/661/669
Abstract:The article deals with a peculiar document that was found during a field study, conducted by the team of the Ethio-SPARE project during the Spring of 2010 in church libraries of Gulo Mä?äda wäräda, north-east T?gray (historical?Agame). The document is a G???z text written in the 19th century and dedicated to the refutation of Catholic doctrine. Because of its apparent historical significance, the text and its translation are presented here. Taking into consideration the literary form (discourse) of the work and the place where it was found (an area of active Catholic preaching), the author assumes that the text is a summary of anti-Catholic argumentation, possibly used by Orthodox priests, and is proof of the local attitude towards Catholic missionary activities. The treatise does not provide any hint of the political issues of the Catholic settlement in Ethiopia. However, it does highlight some elements of the discourse against Catholic faith in the context of the emergence of a strong religious Täwa??do identity. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]