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Title:From Yeha to Lalibela: an essay in cultural continuity
Author:Phillipson, David W.ISNI
Year:2007
Periodical:Journal of Ethiopian Studies (ISSN 0304-2243)
Volume:40
Issue:1-2
Pages:1-19
Language:English
Geographic term:Ethiopia
Subjects:Axum polity
history
churches
architectural history
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/41988216
Abstract:Tracing the most fundamental features of Aksumite civilization from early in the last millennium BC onward, the author shows that there has been far more cultural continuity in the northern highlands of Ethiopia than has generally been recognized. From at least the 7th century BC, the peoples of the northern Ethiopian highlands (the present-day Tigray and Amhara regional States) have received cultural influences from overseas; these have sometimes proved temporary, on other occasions they have become an integral part of local culture and tradition. However, Aksumite farming economy and vernacular architecture all show signs of strong continuity from many centuries previously. The author particularly focuses on the churches that were built following the advent of Christianity in the area, looking at churches built in the conventional manner as well as those that were hewn from rock. He pays attention to the architectural features of these churches - although technologically distinct, they have many architectural features in common - and their chronology. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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