THE POWER OF THE TEXT: Ge’ez: An Ancient Ethiopic Script in Prince George’s County, Maryland . Janet Chernela, Bethany Applebaum, Amy Carattini, Rachel Menyuk, Noelle Haile, and Shoshi Weiss (U Maryland). Ge’ez: An Ancient Script Preserved Through Time. Ge’ez: An Ancient Script.
Janet Chernela, Bethany Applebaum, Amy Carattini, Rachel Menyuk, Noelle Haile, and Shoshi Weiss
This Ethiopian Orthodox Church is in Prince George’s County, Maryland.
This is the entrance to the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in Temple Hills, Maryland.
Of the 18,000 Ethiopian immigrants in the Washington, D.C. Area,
over half (10,712) reside in Maryland.
Replicas of the powerful text are carried throughout Ethiopia in processions of the important Tabot ceremony.
A replica is also carried in the Tabot ceremony in Maryland.
Tabot procession, EthiopiaTabot Procession, Maryland
Liturgical music written in Ge’ez, requiring lessons and memorization, is part of the religious service.
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All photographs in Maryland were taken by our research team.
Ethiopia photo images from www.brigish.com/wazee/ethiopia/legend.htm
We wish to thank the Center for Heritage Resource Studies and the Department of Anthropology of the University of Maryland.