Yeshimebet Ali Gamcho, the mother of Emperor Haile Selassie I

Who was Emperor Haile Selassie’s mother?” is the title of this Amharic article. This is a controversial topic that many Ethiopians feel uncomfortable to talk about due to its political heaviness. The article discusses how the Emperor and writers of his biography never revealed his mother’s full name or her photograph in public during or after his reign, deliberately due to the sensitivity of the issue. Why was it sensitive and why was the mother’s identity hidden from the public unlike the Emperor’s father? Simple answer: Because her religious and ethnic identities would have been obstacles to Haile Selassie’s ascent to power. In addition, the Emperor’s mother had no royal lineage, but his father Ras Makonnen was a general and governor himself whose parents, though they had mixed heritage, were descended from nobility, which helped the Emperor claim the throne.

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Moors and the court of Württemberg 1616 –1617

The court of Württemberg 1616 –1617

Special festivities offered a perfect opportunity for a ruler to assume the role of an ‘African’, an ‘Ethiopian’ or a ‘Moor’. From the late Middle Ages feasts and tournaments were important occasions to celebrate a baptism, wedding or ceremonial arrival by a European ruler. Such festivities included triumphal processions and the staging of mock battles between companies such as the ‘Christians’ and the ‘Moors’, or ‘Scythians’ and deviant groups such as ‘impostors’.

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Rastafarian Views on Life, Politics and Social Issues