Amharic and Ethiopic Onomastics
A Classic Ethiopian Legacy,Concept and Ingenuity. Studies in Onomastics S. No. 7
A native Ethiopian with a background in architecture and theology now living in the US, Yemane introduces Ethiopian culture, traditions, and customs in which the Ethiopic and Amharic naming system are among the most important elements. He analyzes the psychology, philosophy, and theology of Christian Ethiopia, and discusses the internal and externa
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"This book is a useful contribution to Ethiopian cultural studies. It provides the reader with insightful and astute models of name formations in Amharic and related languages, analyzing the underlying meanings associated with names and naming practices in Ethiopia with additional well-informed commentary. This book is also full of interesting details that will be thoroughly enjoyed by all readers.....Theoretically sound and well-researched, [this] book represents a valuable contribution to our knowledge of Ethiopia. Not only does it record and preserve an important component of Ethiopian cultural heritage, [it] also helps our understanding of the multifaceted nature of Ethiopian society." - Ephraim Isaac, Director, Institute of Advanced Semitic and Afrosiatic Studies, Princeton University "This is a fascinating and valuable book, replete with far more information about Ethiopian and specifically Amhara culture than just the meaning and relevance of personal names....The system of personal names in Amharic is itself a subject deserving of this kind of in-depth study, and no such detailed treatment has appeared before in English.....a valuable and useful contribution." - Dr. David Appleyard, University of London "In this impressive book, Elias Yemane has provided us a reason to believe that the ancient empire of Aksum laid the foundation for a civilization that is only now becoming more visible to people outside of Ethiopia..... Those who come to this work as neophytes will leave as mature students of ancient African culture. Those who come to this work as mature scholars will leave with something more to add to their already large store of examples, illustrations, and concepts showing the extensive creations of the African forefathers and foremothers. This is a work to be read many times. Indeed, I have found it remarkable for its scientific orientation, conceptual clarity, and precision of language, we are fortunate that the brilliant work that comes from the author is a product of his mind and all of the conceptual work that preceded him in the development of the Ethiopian intellectual tradition..... By outlining the many streams that poured into the great gulf of Ethiopian history, the author has presented us with a masterful work of classic proportions." - (From The Preface) Molefi Kete Asante, Temple University"