Greetings in the name of His & Her Imperial Majesties Qedamawi Haile Sellassie I & Itege Menen Asfaw,
I welcome you all to yet another posting in one of the many interpretations of the Scriptures from the light of Ras Tafari by, I, Lidj Yefdi (pronounced Lij, Yef-dee).
Ras Tafari Renaissance Revelations is here wishing you all a VERY HAPPY ETHIOPIAN EPIPHANY/MESQEL!!!
This celebration is attributed to the Ethiopian account of the “Finding of the True Cross.” The celebration of MäsQäl is observed on the 17th day of the Ethiopian month of Meskerem.
The legend speaks of Queen Eleni finding the cross by a revelation with the use of a bonfire, in the 4th century AD, (about the time Ethiopia, officially became the first Christian nation).
[other legend has it account with Queen Helena of Constantinople]
The fire that was lit would lead to the Cross, so the Queen ordered the people of Jerusalem to bring wood for a large pile. In Ethiopia, the custom of the bonfire, once completed the ashes from the bonfire are used for the Passion Week’s Ash Wednesday.
The fire, by which way it leads (N,S,E, or W) can sometimes, by tradition predict what kind of year will be to come.
[good or bad]
During the celebration, there is singing, chanting, and many beautiful colors all around. MesQel is always to take place after the Ethiopian New Year, a seasonal holiday after the rains, for the coming of the Sun.
The celebration of MesQel, is also known as the Exaltation of the True Cross. Now, in another peculiar manner in which has become so synonymous with the operations of postings and quite clearly the overall thinking here at Ras Tafari Renaissance, along with many of our affiliates; we relay to you once again, that another Ethiopian commemoration has a correspondence with another Hebrew, or what the world knows as Jewish observance.
The Hebrew observance that corresponds with this celebration of Meskel, or the Finding/Exaltation of the True Cross is Yom Kíppūr – יוֹם כִּיפּוּר. In a incidence and coincidental pattern the Ethiopian & Hebraic/Jewish New Year meet in the beginning days of the fall season. (Sept/Oct) In a repetitive fashion, the Ethiopic – MesQel; the Finding of the true Cross foreshadows the Hebraic – Yom Kíppūr; otherwise known as the “Day of Atonement.” These two memorials show again, the historical reference points we allude to, in many findings of our own. This also leaves much more room for expansion on these specific topics, especially when delving into the anthropological aspect of things related to these cultural events. We, in turn, will surely do more to expound on topics such as these, in the coming updates.
Ras Tafari Renaissance Revelations again, wishes ALL a joyful Epiphany!!!
Exodus 40: 30-38
Hibret Culture hoodie
Hibret Culture from Gashanator Ultd. “Hibret”- ኅብረት= Union/Cooperative; pertaining to society. ET.AMH language