FACTS: EthiopiaEthiopia is located inthe Horn of Africa.The capital of Ethiopiais ★Addis Ababa.Ethiopia is about thesize ofTexas, Oklahoma, andNew Mexicocombined.Ethiopia is one ofAfrica’s poorestcountries.
ClimateThe climate is moderate on theplateau and hot in thelowlands.At Addis Ababa, maximumtemperature is 26o C (80o F) andminimum 4o C (40o F).The weather is usually sunnyand dry with the short rainsoccurring February-April.The big rains begin in mid-June,and end in mid-September.
Environment:Within Ethiopia, there has been a lot ofovergrazing, deforestation, and poor agriculturalpractices which have lead to soil erosion. In many areas farmland has also been degraded, and lost from cultivation practices. Severe drought is also a cause to agricultural problems throughout Ethiopia.
Politics: Principal Government Officials: Prime Minister--Meles Zenawi Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs--Hailemariam Desalegn Minister of National Defense--Siraj Fegisa Mayor of Addis Ababa--Kuma Demeska Ambassador to the U.S.--Girma Birru President--Girma Wolde-Giorgis
Religion:Two major religionsEthiopian OrthodoxIslamIndigenous Religions
Ethiopian Orthodox~40% of the populationKeep to days of fasting: Every Wed. and Fri. and the 2months including Lent and Easter seasonClergy about 250 daysLaity and very devout 165Saints daysZar spirits: Adbar, male and female
IslamAdhere to Sunni or Orthodox branchSignified by three elementsTraditional practices recognized only on EritreanCoast
Indigenous ReligionsCommunicate to almighty god through spirits andritualsOromo tribe: “Supreme God called Waka”Spirits in contact with Waka: ayana (contactedthrough the kallu)Kallu = “ritual specialist capable of being possessedby these spirits” or in direct communication
Medicine80% rely on traditional over WesternWestern incorporated in late 1800s and early 1900sPracticed in Urban Areas
Traditional MedicineDisease explained by mystical and naturaloccurrencesEvil EyeHerbal components also often used in foodsGreater quantities for medicinal usesCommon herbs: garlic, ginger (colds), basil, cayennepepper, cinnamon, flaxseed, peppermint
Ethiopian Ethnic Groups:There are more than 80 different ethnic groups within Ethiopia!Some of the ethnic groups include: The Oromo (Galla) group (located in southern Ethiopia) represents about 40% of the Ethiopian population. The Amhara and Tigrean groups represents approximately 32% of the population. The Sidamo group represent 9% The Shankella make up about 6% of the population. The Somali group make up 6% and Afar make up 4%inhabit the arid regions of the east and southeast. The Gurage account for 2% of the population; while the remaining 1% of the population is made up of other Ethiopian ethnic groups.
Ethiopian Tribe: MurziEthiopia is one of Africa’s poorest countries.More than 80% of the nation’s 77 million people live below the poverty line.10 million who are at the risk of starvation.
Hamar Tribe:The Hamar live on the eastern side of the Omo Valley in southern Ethiopia.The tribe has distinctive rituals such as: In order for men to reach adulthood, they must participate in unique tribal rituals such as a cattle-leaping ceremony. Where as young Hamar tribal women get whipped to prove their love for their kinsmen. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ej`prbd-sNgU
Costumes:The Ethiopian traditional clothing is made of wovencotton called gabbi or netella. Women often wear dresses (Kemis) and netella. Other ethnic groups and tribes throughout Ethiopia wear different clothing that reflect their own costumes and traditions. Many ethnic groups and tribes cover their body with leather, or many do not wear clothes at all. While many tribes decorate their faces and bodies with paints and images.
Ethiopian Languages:There are at least 77 different languages spoken inEthiopia!Most of the languages belong to the Semitic, Cushitic, andOmotic divisions of the Afro-Asiatic linguistic family. Semitic languages are spoken in northern, central and eastern parts of Ethiopia. The Cushitic languages are mostly spoken in central, southern and eastern Ethiopia. Omotic languages are spoken between the Lakes of southern Rift Valley and the Omo River.Amharic, is the official national language, it is part of theSemitic division. It is the native language of about 30% of Ethiopia’s population.
Ethiopian Food:The Ethiopian national dish is called wat. The favorite drink of many Ethiopians is bunna (coffee).
Mannerisms:Eat with right hand onlyCommonly share food – comes on one plate and isshared by manyNo utensils used – use injera bread to scoop up food
What Food We Made: Chickpea WatIngredients:• Extra virgin olive oil• Red onion• Carrot• Potato• Cayenne pepper• Paprika• Ginger• Salt• Black pepper• Cumin• Cardamom• Tomato paste• Chickpeas• Water• Peas
Open Ended Questions:1. Why do people in Ethiopia use one plate whileeating?2. Why is it that there is hardly any variation, such aswe see in more developed/first world countries inwhat they eat?What do you think?