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A HISTORICAL REFLECTION ON 14TH CENT EWOISTATEAN MOVEMENT: A CASE FOR PRE-MODERN ETHIOPIAN GLOBAL INTERCONNECTIONS [Abstract ID: 1302-11]
Edward Gibson’s conclusion that ‘Ethiopians slept for thousand years, forgetful of the world by whom they were forgotten’ – this until the advent of the Portuguese - seems a reflection that comes without a thorough analysis of important historical documents that no doubt amend the presupposition. Indeed there are Ethiopic sources that narrate the relation Ethiopians had with the global world though in a micro-level. One of the Ethiopic sources from 14th cent Gädlä Éwosṭatéwos relates that Abba Ewosṭatewos was the founder of Betä Ewosṭateans (an Ethiopian Christian movement which was distinguished for its vigorous contention in support of the observance of Sabbath). This paper tries to discuss the journey of Abba Ewosṭatewos and his three disciples (Bakimos, Märqorewos, and Gäbrä-Iyäsus) to Armenia via Cairo, and opt to contribute some thoughts to highlight one of the earliest Ethio-global interconnections.