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A Contextual Reading of Ethiopian Crosses through Form and Ritual

Gnisci, J; (2021) A Contextual Reading of Ethiopian Crosses through Form and Ritual. [Review]. Aethiopica: Internationale Zeitschrift fuer Aethiopistik , 23 (2020) pp. 256-268. 10.15460/aethiopica.23.0.1457. Green open access

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Abstract

Maria Evangelatou’s book promises to explore new research questions and challenge Eurocentric approaches to Ethiopian crosses by presenting an analysis of their use and significance among the Christian orthodox population of Ethiopia. Unfortunately, the study fails to deliver on this promise due to a lack of direct engagement with Ethiopian voices and the relevant literature, and a reliance on publications that focus on noncontemporary or non-Ethiopian contexts. This lack of engagement with Christian Ethiopians leads to significant misinterpretations. Moreover, by adopting an approach to Ethiopian sources that fails to recognize the existence of significant shifts within the Ethiopian literary tradition, the author flattens Ethiopia’s historical dimension, and thus unintentionally reproduces the kind of Eurocentric representation of the country that she set out to challenge.

Type: Article
Title: A Contextual Reading of Ethiopian Crosses through Form and Ritual
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.15460/aethiopica.23.0.1457
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.15460/aethiopica.23.0.1457
Language: English
Additional information: © 2021 Jacopo Gnisci. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
Keywords: Ethiopian art, style, morphology, art history, use of crosses, Christian Ethiopian tradition, symbolism
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of History of Art
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10114922
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