Dear Ekhristos Anesti-my brother,
Peace to you...as usual, I'm late to reply to posts. The translation of the Kebre Negest by Miguel Brooks is under the influence of Rastafarians. Also, I have looked at pictures and paintings of the recent kings of Ethiopia [150-200 years ago] and I haven't seen this hand jesture! Why don't the patriarchs or archbishops make this sign? Our hand jesture symbolizing the Holy Trinity is the sign of the Cross, nothing else; even for emperors.
Jesuits of Portugal like Juan Alvarez, who were so-called religious freemasons, heard and wrote about priestly king(s) of Ethiopia, like Emperor Lebna Dingil's father: Atse Na'od
and called him Prestor John
. When one reads about the life of Atse Na'od, Zera Ya'kob, Lalibela, Yemharene Kristos, Dawit III (?), Kaleb, Gebre Meskel, Abreha and Atsbeha
, and others like them...one sees the difference. These kings were priestly. They truly visited and blessed the people. They embraced the people and decorated Churches, not their palace(s).
I've read the links to others' opinions on this so-called 'royal' or 'divine' symbol, but in my strict, or should I say, "my opinion that is strictly mine", the symbol is perhaps one of the freemasons'
On the contrary, I'm not trying to make another subject out of this, but when one gets another look at the less compassionate side of the emperor, one could refute his attributed 'saintliness'. Not that I hate or dislike the emperor, but as some of the members said, "he was still an imperialist..."
I want to further address the posts on His Imperial Majesty, but I don't want to seem like I'm degrading him. I'm not saying that H.I.M. wasn't Christian or educated by the Church, because he was, 'but even the demons tremble at the presence of the Lord and know that He is the Almighty One!'
Thank you for reading and take care in Christ,