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Title:Gojjam (Ethiopia): peopling, Christianization, and identity
Author:Baye, Temesgen Gebeyehu
Year:2016
Periodical:African Identities (ISSN 1472-5851)
Volume:14
Issue:3
Pages:255-272
Language:English
Geographic term:Ethiopia
Subjects:interreligious relations
Christianity
social history
migrants
ethnic groups
Link:https://doi.org/10.1080/14725843.2015.1128805
Abstract:Gojjam, Ethiopia, is the home of Cushitic, Nilo-Saharan, Semtic and Omotic peoples and languages. The present pattern of settlements and religion is the result of a long socio-economic and political process and developments that mainly happened between thirteenth and sixteenth centuries. The coming and settlement of Christian Amhara in particular had reconfigured the settlement pattern of the former settlers: the Gummuz and the Agew. The process of incorporation of Gojjam was preceded and coincided with the settlement of monks. During the sixteenth century, a new wave of migration and settlement had radically changed the composition and number of the population. During this period, Damot, Gafat and Oromo had made important settlements. The cumulative effect of the process has made Gojjam to look like small Ethiopia. This paper, based on published and unpublished sources, identifies the basic patterns of habitation, evangelization, interaction, integration and a variety of institutional features and linkages focusing on the period between fourteenth and seventeenth centuries. Further, the essay discusses and shows how Christianization and settlement of migrants speaking many different languages from different areas had transformed Gojjam into a distinctively Christian region. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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