Today’s topic is going to take on a different tone. We will be connecting Ethiopia to three things: The Bible, Africans, and Egypt.
Ethiopia and The Bible: Ethiopia has been mentioned in the bible numerous times. The book of Genesis states “And the river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads…And the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia.”
Now breaking this down what does this truly mean? I believe it is saying Ethiopia is apart of the holy land. The land of Eden is Paradise referring to “Garden of God.” Gihon can be thought of to say the natural spring of water. Gihon was blessed with Eden. In which Ethiopia receives its main water source from Gihon. Right down to its water, Ethiopia has been touched by God.
Ethiopia and Africans: Two completely different cultures how can one simply be connected?
Ethiopia is like a sibling to Africa. Ethiopia relies on Kenya for usage of the sea. Ethiopia is ready to build a flourishing country especially in 2019. With many downfalls, Ethiopia has maintained a resilience to stay on top. By 2025 Ethiopia plans to become a middle income country. You may ask, well what does this have to do with Africa? Ethiopia is building Africa’s largest hydroelectric dams. Ethiopia has built a strong desire to renew Africa.
Ethiopia and Egypt: Egypt and Ethiopia have a long relationship between each other. It nearly dates back 7,000 years ago. Ancient Egyptians would trade in the land of Punt receiving many gold, incense, ivory, slaves, exotic animals and skins. One of Egypt’s highest contributions was by founding Ethiopia’s first bank.
It was the country’s central and commercial bank until 1930. Lastly, the most known connection with Egypt and Ethiopia is the usage of The Nile.