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Archive for May, 2010

Yänäta Zewchoas, Axum, Ethiopia, 2009

Published on May 27, 2010

Zewchoas is one of the chief instructors at the St. Yared Theological Academy in Axum, and has a reputation as a däbtära, a magician (he is also properly a däbtära in its original sense of liturgical specialist). A dwarf, he was picked upon, and learned magic in order to gain respect, notably a method for […]

Magical Tablet, Tigray, Ethiopia, 2009

Published on May 26, 2010

A wooden tablet inscribed with a magical formula, when kept in a household, it is supposed to bring wealth into the household.

“Talismanic Image (Demon), Magic Scroll, Tigray, Ethiopia, 2009

Published on May 25, 2010

An image of a demon stares out from the first panel of a magical (prayer) scroll. The image of the demon has inherent magical significance, but it also is meant to show attacking demons their own visage, and thus to scare them. A useful introduction is Jacques Mercier’s ‘Ethiopian Magic Scrolls,’ which presents a variety […]

Cat, Zege Peninsula, Lake Tana, Ethiopia, 2009

Published on May 9, 2010

A cat lazes in the sun at a house in a hamlet on the Zege Peninsula.

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