Historical and Textual Analysis of Gadla Zaraburuk

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Addis Ababa University


The principal objective of this thesis is to show the social and spiritual life of the Saint Zara Buruk through the analysis of his Gadla. The manuscript of Gadlli Ziira BU11.Lk has not been critically studied. The present study mainly focuses on both the forms and contents of the manuscripts of Zara Buruk in Hagara Salam Zara Buruk Church (G.Z.B.H. l) and in the Institute of Ethiopian Studies (G.Z.B.I.E.S) as well as the manuscript of Maba $ayon, again in the Institute of Ethiopian Studies. (G.M.$.l.E.S.) The manuscript of Zara Buruk is a very rich source of historical, religious, socio-economic and cultural events. In order to make clear this idea I tried to compare the contents of his Gadalat with other manuscripts. Ethiopian culture in the last quarter of the 17th century had both bad and good features. The manuscript discusses at leavth of tobacco snuffing, common in the Saint's epoch and condemns it. On the other hand, the community (association) ""'l"lOC of Christians that gathered together in the name of Abuna Zara Buruk was free from such bad practice. The content analysis deals with textual, historical, religious cultural and socio-economic events. Famous persons such as "Queen" SabIa Wangel, and KingsIyasuI, and Yostos are some of the historical characters mentioned in the Gadalat. In the discussion on religion, Biblical, nomenclature words, phrases, sentences and paragraphs are studied with reference explanations.



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