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Ethiopia in Need of the Theologian, Philosopher, Historian, and Patriotic Debteras more than Ever!

By Belayneh Abate

It  is regretful to see  some anti-Ethiopian Orthodox Church agents trying to treat their inferiority complex by insulting the more than 2000 years old church, which was established on the rocks of the doctrines of the holy bible and the guidance of the apostles of Christos such as saint Matteos.  

As the Bible and other Holly Scriptures teach,  Ethiopia is one of the very few nations that started to follow monotheism belief while others were practicing polytheism and paganism. [1,2] 

In the western world,  monotheism belief replaced paganism and the polytheism beliefs through bloodsheds long after Ethiopia showed  how to practice monotheism religions.  During Europe’s transition from polytheism and paganism to monotheism, the notable Socrates, Saint Paul and Saint Peter were crucified. [2-5] Unlike in Europe, the religious transitions from  the Old Testament to Christianity  in Ethiopia was peaceful because of the wise leadership style and ethical teachings of the Ethiopian Debteras. 

The term Debtera has roots to the concept of Debir. Debir literally means a mountain, and Debtera has similar meaning when it is applied to things. When Debtera is applied to things, it describes higher up objects such as umbrellas or the  tips of  tents used to cover  holly objects used in special church activities. 

When Debtera is applied to people, it indicates a writer whose life is highly attached to writing on brana or debters. If you coin the two concepts, the word Debtera signifies that Debteras are  the best of all writers. Because Debteras used to give high value for knowledge and writing, the Debtera intellectuals used to say a Debtera with no writings is a raven with no wings.[6]  I wish this deep metaphor could apply to the pseudo intellectuals that held PhDs and MDs just to bake their breads and perform political prostitutions. 

The Ethiopian Debteras as Theologians:  The lives of the Ethiopian society and the archeological facts in the Ethiopian caves  show that Ethiopia followed  the Old Testament and humanly way of life thousands of years before Christianity while most of the world’s societies were worshiping trees and behaving like beasts.[2]

 During the era of Muse, the theologian Debteras established the Debtera Aorits as a place of worship. Debtra Aorits were the tents where the old testament was practiced.  Later, they transformed the Debtera Aorits to Bete Mekurabs, which means Mertule or the Halls of Worship. The Bete-Mekurabs served as place of worship for the Old Testament until they were  transformed to Bete-Christians at the dawn of  Christianity. 

Through their dedicated services, the theologian Debteras have written piles of scriptures that have inundated the European and American libraries. .

The Ethiopian Debteras as Philosophers: In the minds of the former Ethiopian Debteras, it was unethical and immoral to write one’s name at the end or beginning of his intellectual works. As a result, it is difficult to attribute  each piece of philosophical work to an individual Debtera philosopher. However, no doubt that the works of the Ethiopian Debteras  have enriched the metaphysical, epistemological, political, ethical and esthetical branches of philosophy.  

The immense contribution of Debteras to philosophy has been undermined because Ethiopian Debteras did not seek recognition, and the West did not want that recognition. Although the Ethiopian religious practices and philosophical thoughts precede that of the Greeks, majority of  the philosophical concepts are now traced from the philosophical works of ancient Greeks. I challenge the Ethiopian philosophy students to explore the works of Debtera philosophers further, but I have no doubt the Ethiopian Debteras were engaged in thorough philosophical debates way before the Greeks.    

For example, the ancient Ethiopian Debteras have been debating about the creation of life  thousands of years ago. They had asserted that  life was composed  of the flesh and the soul. Furthermore, they taught that the flesh was composed of soil, water, air, and fire. Similarly, they claimed the soul was composed of a thinking mind, a speaking intellect and everlasting spirit. [7,8] Unfortunately, Thales was credited for the water, Anaximander for the fire, Anxaximenes for the air, and Empedocles for coining the four together. [9-12]

The teachings of the Ethiopian Debteras about life are now proven to be true by modern science. Modern science has confirmed that the human flesh is composed of 70% water and 30%  soil ingredients such as proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals. [13]

The former Ethiopian Debteras were not like the cadre popes and bishops the Tigre People Libration Front installed to break the hips and spines of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and Amaras. The real Ethiopian Debteras were highly dedicated to creativity including, creating scripts, symbols,  brana, papers, inks, pens, lights and so on. The Debtera intellectuals crafted the Ethiopian Alphabet that coins the vowels into consonants. Unlike many other alphabets, these unique coining of vowels into consonants saves the writers’ time, paper and inks. 

Furthermore, the Ethiopian Debteras have defined truth, justice, love and beauty through their poems, gold and wax qines, dramas, essays and drawings as it can be seen in the world museums and libraries beyond the Ethiopian Monasteries and Churches. 

The Ethiopian Debteras as Historians: The Ethiopian Debteras were not history fabricators as the victims of low self-esteem personality disorders shamefully claim. Most of the  Debtera writers were working around the divine power, fulfilling the ethical and the moral duties that divine power required. The Ethiopian Debteras used to know what was going on in the world while they were praying and writing in the monasteries and caves let alone what was happening in their country and backyards. 

The Ethiopian Debteras’ writing process started from making brana from sheep skins and producing different types of inks from variety  of plants. It is arrogant and obliviously immoral to think the Ethiopian Debteras went through all these difficult processes just to document phony histories. 

The event records of the hard-working Ethiopian Debteras have enriched the body of the Ethiopian and the world histories. The Ethiopian Debteras have compiled Kibre-Negest and the chronological accounts of events in Sink-Sar. Writing big books such as  Sink-Sar, Tsome-Digua, Digua and Dawit takes more dedication, intellect and effort than writing the world encyclopedia at an era where there was no typing, copying, deleting, cutting and pasting. 

It requires an Ethiopian Debtera to have surmountable dedication to complete enduring theological and historical work.  

The Ethiopian Debteras as Professors: It would not be an exaggeration if one claims the best teachers, writers, journalists, scientists or other scholars of Ethiopia are the direct or indirect products of Debteras. In addition to the religious hut schools in the monasteries and neighborhoods, the Ethiopian Debteras established the western style schools known as Askualas. As their work in the Abinet Schools, mister of education, universities and colleges show,  Debteras have been the pillars of the Ethiopian educational system for centuries. In fact, the education system of the country has been going  downhill since Debteras were pushed out of their administrative and teaching roles. 

The Ethiopian Debteras as Patriots: Unlike most of the patriarchs and bishops “ordained” within the last 30 years, the former Ethiopian Debteras never sit as spectators when their country was in danger, or their decrees were under attack and their churches get burnt. Melake Birhan Admassu Jembere is one of the best role models for standing for truth and justice. Besides his immense direct patriotic contribution during the second Ethio-Italian war, he defended the historical ancient church through his excellent books such as Medlote Amin (the Scale of Faith) and Kokoha haymanote (the faith established on rock). 

The Ethiopians victory against the Ottoman Empire, Egypt, Italy and other invaders could have been impossible without active participation of the patriot Debteras. 

The resilient defense against Italy during the second invasion could have been impossible without the bold leadership style of  martyrs such as Abune Petros and Abune Michael. [14] Similarly, the most effective victory of  Belay Zeleke’s army could have been impossible without the indispensible roles  of the patriotic religious leaders such as  Melak- Birhan Admassu Jemebere. [15]

In the absence of the  decisive active roles of the patriotic Debteras, the Ethiopian history could have been the same as the rest of African history. 

Those idiots who are insulting the church were saved from the chains of  slavery by the patriotic Debteras. Unlike these idiots who bark on the stages supported by anti-Ethiopian Orthodox powers from inside and abroad,  the Ethiopians Debteras received no stipend when they earned their postgraduate degrees from prestigious theological schools such as Washera, Qusquam of Gondar, Wadila Dillenta, Gonjii, Debre-Libanos, Dimma and so on. Their stipend as students was love of truth, knowledge, religion, moral and ethics. Debteras had no salaries when they worked as philosophers, historians, professors and patriots. They worked with no payments because their love affair was tied with searching for the truth, spreading knowledge, serving their God and protecting their people.  

The Ethiopians Debteras never went to school to have a better live; they never wrote for money or recognition. They just dedicated their lives to serve God and their people. Despite their kudus deeds, their work and their churches are blackmailed by people who are suffering from inferiority complexes. The blackmailers think they can equalize themselves by pulling down the Ethiopian Orthodoch church creeds and Debteras from the mountains down to their  rift valleys. How can one treat inferiority complex by undermining the creeds of at least two thousand years old church and the works of Debtera philosophers?

It is time for the real debteras to stand firm and save their church and their country just like their debtera fathers. It is time for debteras to emulate their fathers such as Abune Petros, Abune Michael and Melake Birhan Admassu Jember. It is time for debteras not to focus on ephemeral earthly life and work for eternal life. It is time for debteras to realize that Ethiopia is in need of the theologian, philosopher, historian, and patriotic debteras more than ever! Thank you.

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The writer can be reached at abatebelai@yahoo.com

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5 COMMENTS

  1. The Orthodox Christianity Religion is the very first Christian religion that never changed its stand, rich in great knowledge, strong in faith, intelligence, literature, education, philosophy, mystique and amazing histories that is very hard to know all and hard to be found anywhere.

    Those who are weak in their faith and know nothing about religion might think converting or adapting newly created religion that is far from the origin of Christianity is being civilized.

    What they missed to understand is religion is not politics and not a fashion or piece of cloth that can be changed. Adhering to, standing strong and humbly observing the word of God with very first Orthodox religion indeed is some thing fulfilling ones soul and sprite.

    The anti-Orthodox Christianity are those who have no faith but pretend or act like they have one. They are ashiest, pagans and money worshippers in the name of “Prosperity” who hate religion because religion does not allow them to go on murderer and looting spree against innocent people.

    But they to look as normal human beings when their soul and body is soaked in sin, blood and rotten in crime and greed.

  2. Those who have not a single book or relic to their culture have the temerity to comment on the Geez culture and the Solomonic dynasty – what a bareness to unravel?.

  3. Belayneh
    I commend you on your perseverance and the insight you bring with your amazing articles. Please keep up the great work and your continued contribution to our struggle.
    Belay

  4. “Theologian, Philosopher, Historian, and Patriotic Debteras?” Go no farther than Belayneh, Dr. Girma, Achamyeleh, Dr. Mesfin Arega, Deacon Zenebe, Eskinder, Shaleqa Dawit, General Asaminew.

  5. “Theologian, Philosopher, Historian, and Patriotic Debteras?” Go no farther than Belayneh, Dr. Girma, Achamyeleh, Dr. Mesfin Arega, Deacon Zenebe, Eskinder, Shaleqa Dawit, General Asaminew.

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