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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MITIKU Gabrehiwot, Mekelle University, Ethiopia

Teff is believed to have domesticated in the highlands of Ethiopia. The ecological and cultural diversity of the country has resulted in different verities of teff. In the highlands of Tigray, teff is harvested in a group and it is very laborious. From a film project and research conducted in the highlands of Tigray, considerable varieties of teff are recorded. These varieties are identified by their color, texture, taste and size of the mother leaf. According to the farmers, each teff varity has different function and social value. While red and 'sergenewi' teff varieties are used for different food options, white and qazez are appealing to the eye. Cultivating and harvesting teff is also different from area to area. However, farmers suggest that these days, few varieties of teff are rare to get. The harvesting of teff is accompanied by cultural and religious norms the meaning of which can be traced to the biblical times.