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What’s with this “Wren” thing?
The oldest extant version of the fable
are presenting here appeared in 1913 in the first volume of a two-volume anthology
Saxon folktales (Plattdeutsche
Volksmärchen “Low German Folktales”)
collected by Wilhelm Wisser (1843–1935). Read
Amharic (“Ethiopian”, “Abyssinian”)
Amharic-speaking Northern Ethiopia is
home to some of Christendom’s
Amharic (also known as “Abyssinian,” “Ethiopian,” “Amarinya,” “Amarigna”) is
the official “working language” of Ethiopia, being the native language of most
of the population in the country’s northeastern parts. It is also used as the
predominant native language among Tigrays (ethnic Eritreans) that were deported
to Eritrea after that country’s secession from Ethiopia. Also, a large percentage
of Beta Israel (formerly known as “Falashas” or “Ethiopian Jews”), that originally
spoke the Judeo-Ethiopic Qwara language or the Cushitic Kayla language,
now uses Amharic as its first language and has introduced it to Israel.
At this time,
2.5 million Amharic-speaking people outside Ethiopia, primarily in Egypt, Sweden,
Israel, North America and Australia.
Currently, most Eritreans are proficient
in Amharic as a second language, due to having been educated as Ethiopian citizens
prior to Eritrean independence. Many Rastafarians learn Amharic as their sacred,
supposedly ancestral language.
The majority of native Amharic speakers is Ethiopian
Orthodox Christian and uses the ancient Ethiopic Ge’ez language for liturgical
purposes, which, like Amharic, Tigrinya, Tigre and some other languages of
of Africa, is written with the Ethiopic script,
an alphasyllabary-type writing system that developed from the South Arabian script
once used in Yemen and other parts of the Southern Arabic Peninsula.
Genealogy: Afro-Asiatic > Semitic > South > West > Ethiopic > South > Transverse > Amharic