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Title:A note on Zagwe kingship
Author:Marrassini, PaoloISNI
Geographic term:Ethiopia
Zagwe polity
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/40732668
Abstract:In his book on kingship in Ethiopia ('Untersuchungen zum äthiopischen Königtum', Wiesbaden, 1965), Eike Haberland has clearly set out the problem of two opposite conceptions underlying royal ideology: that of the inactive and peaceful king, who by his very presence assures rain, prosperity and welfare for his country, and that of the active and fighting one, whose main concerns are politics and war. Although there are plenty of examples of the second type in almost every Ethiopic text, for the first the relevant passages are not really very many. The purpose of the present short note is to produce another example of the first type from an unpublished text about a well-known Z¯agw¯e king, the 'Gadla Yemre.hanna Krestos'. A brief passage from the text brings out the difference between the two conceptions in a very sharp way. Bibliogr., notes, ref.