Field and river

20th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies (ICES20)
Mekelle University, Ethiopia

"Regional and Global Ethiopia - Interconnections and Identities"
1-5 October, 2018

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TADDELE Gedlie, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

The purpose of this article is to examine the relation of Gǝʾǝz Qǝne to Ethiopic textual culture. The data were collected from unpublished manuscripts and published texts, using library reading and interview. This study employed qualitative analysis methods and surveyed Qǝne collections of both Ethiopian and foreign scholars that are both published and unpublished. In addition to this, the researcher used a semi-structured interview to collect the data from key informants. In this regard, based on the clues and indicators, the multifarious relationships between Qəne and medieval literature of Ethiopia are treated in relation to different compositions. This study has taken twenty (20) Gǝʾǝz Qəneyat, which are based on medieval literature. In addition, the Qǝne as an oral art form that helps to study the written records of the past was identified. Furthermore the written texts that the Qǝne composers used and the similarities and differences of Gǝʾǝz Qəneyat of the same source were investigated. Thus, the finding shows that the attachment of Gǝʾǝz Qǝne with the Ethiopic textual culture is strong.