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Assessment 03.02 Big Picture Africa

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Michelle Wright

on 4 April 2014

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Transcript of Assessment 03.02 Big Picture Africa

Welcome to Ethiopia
Hi everyone, my name is Michelle and I live in 5th century Ethiopia.
The Start
"Ethio"= burned and "pia"= face, which translates to the land of burnt-faced people. Although, when Ethiopia first became a country in 1st Century B.C, it was know as the Aksumite Empire.
Many civilizations competed for dominance in the area, and in 1270 CE, the Shewa ruler Yekuno Amlak led a rebellion that established the Solomonic dynasty that would rule Ethiopia into the modern age. The Solomonic rulers claimed descent from the Biblical King Solomon and Queen of Sheba. Ethiopia faced constant threats from its Muslim neighbors as well as from the Portuguese, but largely managed to resist both.
Most of the people in my country are Christians, including myself. Christianity is predominantly found in the north. Majority of the southern regions are Muslim. Most of the Christians belong to the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. According to the Old Testament, The Queen of Sheba and King Solomon's son Menelik adopted Christianity in Ethiopia. This occurred at about the beginning of the 4th century.
The countries economy is based on agriculture. Our biggest export in coffee, but we have a variety of grains. These include teff, wheat, barley, corn, and oilseed. Grains are the most important type field crop. Oilseed consumption is widespread because the Ethiopian Orthodox Church prohibits the usage of animal fats on many days during the year. Due to this rule, it is not uncommon to find many oilseed farms in one community.
Ethiopian culture is extremely diverse. As many other countries, the Ethiopian culture has come been influenced by civilizations in surrounding areas. The social structure is much like that of any other culture. High ranking lineages at the top followed by those with a lower ranking. Middle class citizens, like caste groups, are next and slaves are found at the bottom of the totem pole.
Assessment 03.02 Big Picture Africa
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