Ethiopic, an African Writing System: Its History and Principles

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The Red Sea Press, 1997 - 176 páginas
Ayele Bekerie argues that Ethiopic is a component of the African knowledge systems and one of the major contributions made by Africans to world history and cultures. The author further elaborates that Ethiopic is a knowledge system which is brilliantly organized to represent philosophical features, such as ideography, mnemonics, syllography, astronomy, numerology and grammatology. Ethiopic is not only a cultural agency, but also a foundation to a great literary tradition in Ethiopia, which, for instance, has made a critical contribution to the history of Christianity by organically preserving The Book of Henok, widely believed to be a precursor of Christianity. In a sharp departure from the established view of most Ethiopianists of the old school, Ayele Bekerie contends that the Ethiopic writing system is much older than it has been previously thought, tracing back its origins to as far back as 2,000 B.C.E. This study also explores the dynamic linkages between the Ethiopic and Egyptian writing systems, suggesting the possible relationship between all African writing systems of the Nile Valley.
 

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AESTHETIC AND LITERARY
1
The Transcendental Power of Writing Systems
5
An Overview of the Ethiopic Writing System
11
The Persistent Interjection of the Semitic Paradigm
18
Some General Analyses and Discussion
24
Asking Basic Questions
34
Sabaeans ProtoEthiopic and Ethiopic Syllographs
41
The Mindset Responsible for the External Paradigm
42
Punt Export to Ancient Egypt
54
THE HISTORY AND PRINCIPLES
61
The Sacrifice of Grass For Bal in PreDynastic Egypt
72
Some Examples
81
Description and Analysis of the Major Properties
82
Analysis of the System
92
The Ethiopic Writing System and Locational Theory
98
THE BOOK OF HÉNOK AND AFRICAN
105

The Awakening The Challenge and the Real History
48
General Historical Parallels Between
52
Hénokian Fragments in Aramaic and Greek Languages
112
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Ayele Bekerie is currently a visiting professor in the Africana Studies and Research Center at Cornell University.

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