Major traditional musical instruments in Ethiopia

Major traditional musical instruments in Ethiopia

Major traditional musical instruments in Ethiopia

Major traditional musical instruments are the ‘Masinko’-one
stringed, the ‘kerar’-6 stringed. the 10 stringed ‘Begena’-
(harp) used for playing ecclesiastical music and the
‘Washint’(flute). pipes and horns.
 St. yared is considered Ethiopia’s father of music he
lived in Axum in the 6th century AD . He is the author
of cantatas, traditional education and various pieces of
religious literature that has been used by the Ethiopian
Orthodox Church for the past 1.500 years.

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Al-Nejashi Mosque

Al-Nejashi Mosque

Al-Nejashi Mosque

Al-Nejashi Mosque

Islam crossed the shores of the Red Sea into Axum before it was even properly established in Saudi Arabia.
• Some of Prophet Mohammed’s relatives including 107 Muslims came to Ethiopia during the persecution of Muslims in Mecca, and settled in Nejash, Northern Ethiopia and then returned home safely after many years.
• Al-Nejashi in Tigray is the oldest mosque in Africa. The first building was erected in the 7th century.

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Axum Obelisk

Axum Obelisk

Axum Obelisk

Axum Obelisk

The powerful state of Axum was ranked by Persian philosopher and historian main as one of the four great kingdoms of the ancient world along with Persian, Rome and china.
• The tallest and oldest man-made obelisk in the world is the fallen obelisk in Axum. It is 33 meter high and weighs 500 tons.
• The second largest obelisk the same area, a solid block of granite like stone 24 meter high and weighing more than 120 tons was taken by the Italians to Rome in 1937.
• It was returned from Rome to Axum in April 2005 and re-erected to its original site in August, 2008.
• This obelisk made history by being the only mammoth stone to be moved between two continents (Europe and Africa).
• The third largest obelisk which is 23 meters high still stands in Axum.

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