Highland plateau Amhara of Ethiopia
Human Relations Area Files • New Haven, Conn. • Published In 1985 • Pages: 3 v. (xvii, 502 leaves)
By: Messing, Simon D. (Simon David), Bender, M. Lionel (Marvin Lionel).
AbstractThis is a comprehensive ethnograpy of rural Amhara society and culture circa 1950s, including an extensive 100-page glossary. Amhara society is extremely hierarchical, ranked by property relations, ethnicity and occupation. At the top are the descendants of a former military and religious fief-holding elite. At the bottom are occupational groups marked by their religious and ethnic differences. Although orthodox Christianity is the dominant state religion, Messing discusses a whole strata of animistic and syncretic beliefs and practices that are closely tied to Amhara medical views and remedies. Women are locked out of Amhara political and religious life, but play a major part in spirit possession cults, which Messing poses as a parallel world to the dominant patriarchal society. Also included are lengthy discussions of the Amhara life cycle and etiquette.
- HRAF PubDate
- Sub Region
- Eastern Africa
- Document Type
- Ian Skoggard ; 1996
- Coverage Date
- Coverage Place
- Gonder District, Ethiopia
- Simon D. Messing ; edited by M. Lionel Bender
- Revision of thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Pennsylvania, 1957
- Includes bibliographical references (leaves 482-502) and index
- Amhara (African people)