Did roman Catholicism Influence Ethiopia Orthodoxy to some degree ,when the Italians attacked Ethiopia...You even Have Ethiopian catholic Churches....Some Of your religious Pictures in your churches look Latin ..... Maybe this is cause of the misunderstanding between us in how we see and Honor Holy Mary...
Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
So is that your game my brother, to antagonize me personally now for my own histories and connections to Orthodox? That is silly at best, and destructive at worst. First let me correct you, the schisms in Ethiopia between the Roman Church and the Mother Tewahedo Church are not from Italian occupation, they stem from the Portuguese Jesuits in the 16th and 17th centuries, who spread the Gregorian reformations and pursued a Latinization of Ethiopian Orthodoxy, including attempts at rebaptizing whole populations and sending false and literally lying and cheating supposed Patriarchs who pretended to be Egyptian and having forged documents from the Patriarch in Alexandria! The Ethiopian Roman Catholic Church which has a few hundred thousand members today in Ethiopia is the direct result of that history, and began to thrive during the period of persecution of Imperialists within the Orthodox family during the Derg era.
Those are the Ethiopian Roman Catholic Churches, but even in the Tewahedo Orthodox parishes Ethiopians have such a solid and admirable faith in Jesus Christ that they do not discriminate in their images of worship, between "Catholic" or "Orthodox" or "African" or even Pentecostal. In many delightful churches, contrary to the normal tastes of parishioners in other traditions who are rather snobbish about their Images and prefer them to be in-line with their own ethnic/racial/nationalistic perspectives, there are a wide variety of Images of Jesus or the Saints or of Mary, some are from Protestant Christmas cards! Some are indeed Roman Catholic, some are Greek Orthodox, you will find several Images of Jesus on the same Altar or church wall being white, black and brown! Ethiopians do not have a preference, they revere ALL Images of our Savior, and seldom could find fault in any, be it lily white Anglican paintings, Baptists prints, Roman Catholic prayer cards, Orthodox icons, or any such Images. I personally (even as an American convert) adore the black, Ethiopian Jesus icons of the purely Ethiopian traditions, and wear one around my neck, but Ethiopians themselves are comfortable enough with Jesus that they do not need to personalize Him, they do not NEED and Ethiopian Jesus to believe and be secure, they do not care much for historicity or nationalism.
The only misunderstandings here are between you personally and many other people whose faith you have even dared to scoff?! That is silly, I pray for the unity of love between us, I do not think your beliefs have to be antagonistic, you are free to worship as your heart sees fit, but why attack others continuously for their own faith? It is not yours to judge, for One is the Judge and the Lawgiver.
The Virgin Mary is integral symbol and presence of our Faith in Orthodox. She is the Shrine which can never be over-turned as God himself chose to dwell within Her just as He comes and dwells within us, she is the Right and True Queen of Heaven, and she is our True and Sympathetic Mother. It is not of Herself that She does this, it is the Nature and Essence of God which operates through Her and us, but none-the-less, She plays a central role as both the Scriptures and the Holy Tradition attest to. This is the economy of God, that He operates within the free will of human beings, and the Virgin Mary is indeed a human being, entirely, solely, and so Her Unity with God and communion is our own, for if She could be given such Grace, so can we, and if it is One Body of Christ unbroken, then our connection with Her is as permanent as with anyone else. We honor Her because God the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Spirit did, do and will continue to honor Her, it is right and fitting.
It is not of Her own power, but of God, but still God chooses in His Divine Mercy, to operate through Her in us. She is the sign that God will have mercy on human beings, and there is Hope yet for humanity, and we should be careful to never belittle this great miracle of God, that "all generations shall call Her blessed."
Please dwell in unity of faith and love of fellowship, or you will be caught up in the web of your own misunderstandings and antagonisms, and will have no one to fault but yourself, for as we in Rastafari say, "If a fish woulda keep him big yap shut, him never woulda got caught!" We also say that those who burn fire must be careful, "because the fire is not partial, not even to him that burns the fire!"