Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
A synopsis of slavery and its abolition in Ethiopia by an Eritrean brother.
having said that,
Habte, I would like you to name the Ethiopian Monastery that owned those ' multitude of slaves' you mentioned.
please no side stepping the issue by saying Christians citizens owned slaves, the government owned slaves, the feudal lords own slaves, all these are true no disagreement from me.
what I want to know is this new history I hear from you that the Monasteries owned slaves. please name which monastery did so by siting the book or article properly that you got your fact from. you know I can read Amharic or English so don't worry about the language of your source.
Name of monastery.......
Purpose of ownership of the slaves by said monastery........
Thank you in advance, please keep in mind what I said about sticking to the question ...IE name of the Monastery or monasteries.... and the purpose of ownership of the slaves.....
We've already discussed this in PMs. I do not have the evidence, it is more obscure types of things I have read in the past. It reasonably stuck with my memory because it troubled my conscience. However, I regrettably did not commit those particular facts to memory, so I will concede defeat to you. We have mentioned already an agreement that Christians in Ethiopian owned slaves, including clergies, and that is enough for me. I will recant my assertion of any monasteries owning slaves because at this point, I can't dig up the evidence. I will say thank you for posting those links, I have read all those books/articles referenced, and they are quite good for Ethiopian history in English
According to: http://www.mediaethiopia.com/Views/DebreSultan_Jan06.pdf
Ethiopian manuscript provides an interesting account of the events that took place in the
monastery during the 18th century, it is said that an Egyptian named Ibrahim Giuhari and
his 8 slaves were received as guests by the Ethiopians in 1774 in the monastery and
hereafter claimed ownership of the monastery. Following this event the Copts intervened
in 1820 forcing an Ethiopian priest named Abba Gabra Kristos to hand over the keys of
the monastery to them. In 1838, a plague struck the monastery of Dabre Seltan and led to
the death of all the monks and nuns sparing the lives of only two. The Copts and the
Armenians according to the Anglican Bishop Samuel Gobat took advantage of the
opportunity and burnt down the library from fear of contamination as they claimed. Thus
all valuable documents and manuscripts in the library that could have decisively proved
Ethiopian ownership of the monastery were lost forever. In the same period, the Copts
also rallied a sympathetic Ibrahim Pasha ruling the Holy Land from Egypt to their cause.
In 1850, the Ethiopians finally reseized the keys to the monastery, after having suffered
very harsh treatment (invoking images of the Jim Crow) inflicted upon them especially
by the Armenians whose Patriarchal Vicar according to the British Consul James Finn
“used the poor Abyssinians with great severity, beat them, chained them, and refused
them access to the Church except in rare intervals,” but also by the Copts, who used to
lock them in the monastery and church for prolonged periods."