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Ethiopia [electronic resource]

RDF Media Group
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Could Ethiopia have been founded by the son of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba? In this program art historian Gus Casely-Hayford searches for the facts behind the legend by traveling to several important religious sites: Gondar, with its stunning icons; Lalibela, a cluster of 11 churches carved from single blocks of stone; remote Debre Damo monastery; Axum, allegedly home to the Ark of the Covenant; and finally, to a pre-Christian temple where inscriptions in ancient Sabaean - the language spoken by the people of Sheba - provide a tenuous link to the biblical queen. Casely-Hayford also talks with an Eastern Orthodox patriarch and goes to bustling, Muslim Harar as part of the quest to find cultural expressions that link modern Ethiopia to its ancient past.
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60 min.
6 and up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on January 20, 2012.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
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  • Introduction (1:28)
  • Ethiopia's Recent History (1:35)
  • Queen of Sheba and Ethiopia (1:11)
  • Ethiopia's Old Testament Heritage (2:40)
  • Harar (3:15)
  • Christian-Muslim Alliance (2:03)
  • Papyrus Canoes (0:54)
  • Ethiopian Castle (2:47)
  • Non-Functional Beam (1:28)
  • Church Art (1:42)
  • Ethiopian Church Service and Linguistic Connections to Hebrew (2:45)
  • Lalibela (2:50)
  • Lalibela the Interloper (2:23)
  • Architectural Achievement of Lalibela Churches (2:15)
  • Pilgrimage to Lalibela (1:19)
  • Copying of Older Buildings (2:14)
  • Ox-Ploughing (3:07)
  • Debre Damo (2:49)
  • Isolation of Debre Damo (1:19)
  • Inspiration for Lalibela (3:27)
  • Axum and the Ark (2:53)
  • Roots of Ethiopian Christianity (1:29)
  • Ancient Grave Markers (1:55)
  • Importance of Axum (1:27)
  • Language of Sheban Queen (1:28)
  • Temple at Yeha (2:08)
  • Artifacts from Yeha (1:58)
  • Ethiopia's Proud History (1:22)
  • Credits: Ethiopia (0:33)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2012], c2009.
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  • 43763s Films Media Group
  • 43765 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (60 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
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