አሸንዳ/አሸንድዬ የማን ነው? ቆይታ ከአገው ብሔራዊ ሸንጎ አመራር ጋር (August 29, 2019)
Oromia Media Network
Ashandiye, is it appropriation and robbery of Agaw culture?
1) admitting that Amharas and Tigreans are partly Agaw and they should be able to proudly celebrate Ashanda/Shady or
2) Leave these strictly Cushitic or Agaw celebration to Agaws, stop appropriating it.
The case of Agaws in North Ethiopia is very interesting story. Read the following Taddesse Tamirat’s academic article.
The Journal of African History
Processes of Ethnic Interaction and Integration in Ethiopian History: the Case of the Agaw1
- DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0021853700035957Published online by Cambridge University Press: 22 January 2009
The earliest documents available on the Ethiopian region, in the form of Greek and Ge’ez inscriptions, give a general picture of considerable ethnic and linguistic diversity in a relatively small area of northern Ethiopia. One of the ethnic groups referred to then and subsequently, with remarkable continuity from pre-Aksumite times until the present day, is the Agaw. Different sections of the Agaw seem to have constituted an important part of the population occupying the highland interior of northern Ethiopia from ancient times. In the early days of the gradual formation and consolidation of the Aksumite state, they seem at first to have been peripheral to the process, which was clearly dominated by the Semitic-speaking inhabitants of the area. Later, however, they assumed an increasing importance, so much so that they eventually took over political leadership, establishing the great Zagwe dynasty. The dynasty lasted for about two hundred years, and transmitted the institutions as well as the cultural and historical traditions of Aksum, almost intact, to later generations.
The exact processes of this development cannot be reconstructed for those early days. Instead, this article is a preliminary attempt to understand the integration of the Agaw into the state and society of the Ethiopian empire over hundreds, even thousands of years, by considering a relatively recent period in the history of the Agaw in the northern and north-western parts of Gojjam. The considerable sense of history which the people of this area possess, going back to the time of its conquest and conversion in the seventeenth century, together with the existence of written materials for the period, provide an opportunity to study a particular example of the entry of the Agaw into the civilization of Christian Ethiopia which may throw light upon the more distant past of their ancestors.