Oromo cavalry at the battle of Adwa February 29 to March 1, 1896

Oromo cavalry at the battle of Adwa February 29 to March 1, 1896

“Ancient Kushites, horse rearing, Sacred Horse Law & horsemanship is Oromo culture.
During the last decades of the 19th century, Father Martial de Salviac described the extraordinary skills of Oromo horsemen that disbanded the Italian army at Adowa (de Salviac 2005[1901: 319-323).
Father de Salviac described the Oromo horsemen dexterity: “The true Oromo horseman knows neither the bridle nor the saddle….They throw and dexterously wards off the inoffensive javelins that vibrates passing each other. The supreme skill consists of picking them up from the ground galloping, the leg hooked onto the dorsal spine of the horse and the hand lost in the waving mane of the horse. They thus stretch out in a wink of the eye and rise up at the same time, ready to throw forward again the arrow they have just caught. This makes up the terrible bands of Oromo horsemen, mounted without saddle, which disbanded the Italian regiments at Adwa, persisted in the pursuit of the fugitives” (de Salviac 2005[1901])”

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  1. As a colonial subjects of Ethiopia/Abyssinia we, oromos have been fighting belligerent Ethiopia’s major wars since the battle of Adwa in the 19th century. In a historical similarity British colonial subjects, Indians for example, fought Britian’s war both at Megdela against Tewodros of Abyssinia in the 19th century and against Nazi Germany in the 20th century. I do not know but had my forefathers supported Italy instead of Abyssinia we would have been independent by now like our Somalia brothers than still toil under Ethiopian colonial slavery. What is worse is oromos have not learnt from Gobena and Balcha’s past mistakes and right the wrongs by joining hands in the anti-colonial struggle led by WBO. Support Oromia and its anti-colonial struggle!

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