By Baldmichael Theresoluteprotector’sson
5th May 2021
Why am I looking at Abyssinia/Ethiopia? Why not? Actually, I wanted to look at it because Haile Selassie, one time Emperor of the country, came home this day, 80 years ago, after the British had pushed the Italians out of the area in world war two.
The last Italian troops in East Africa were defeated at the Battle of Gondar in November 1941 but guerrilla warfare continued until Italy surrendered to the allies in 1943.
I have always thought of Haile Selassie as ‘Highly the lassie’. And he came home like ‘Lassie’ the dog which was a story and film around the same time.
Anyway, Ethiopia is a fascinating country with a rich and varied landscape. Ethiopia now is strictly part of what was Abyssinia as Eritrea is now separate. I have never been to this area, but friends have in more recent years. Wikipedia entries on Ethiopia are certainly extensive. See
Apparently Ethiopia means ‘Burnt face’ from the Greek. Well, I suppose if your face is dark then perhaps it is like a form of sunburn to those who are paler in shade.
But interestingly, pia as a name means ‘pious’. As the country seems quite religious, whatever that really means, this seems appropriate. Thio is very similar to theo deriving from ‘theos’ in Greek meaning ‘god’.
Which only leaves the ‘E’ of Ethiopia. This might make the name mean ‘Out of god pious’. This makes some sense in the context of what Ethiopia is like.
For it is very religious in at least the sense of a reverence for God. It is split roughly into 2/3 adherents to a form of Christianity and 1/3 to a form of Islam.
As regards Abyssinia, well, you can see it seems to mean ‘Government of Ethiopia’ in Amharic, one of the languages spoken.
In Arabic the translation is Al-Habash which seems to mean ‘The Ethiopians’. As ‘al’ means ‘the’, from my interpretation it could well mean ‘The godly’.
However, I find that Habash could mean ‘Guinea fowl’ as it is a boy’s name in Arabic. See
The fowl is native to sub-Saharan region so includes Ethiopia. You might even say that the outline of the country is rather the shape of the guinea fowl!
The area is understood to have been known as Cush. See
Why Cush? Well, it seems this could be related to the cannabis plant Kush. Or perhaps it is short for cushion, a gentle place to lie down and rest.
Addis Ababa is the Capital city. This apparently means ‘new flower’, ‘natural spring’ or ‘shaggar’. These sound rather pleasant, although the last one I’m not so sure about. Hopefully this means ‘shaggy’ as in woolly or perhaps hairy.
Of course Lassie the dog was rather hairy or shaggy, and Haile Selassie was bearded, albeit neatly trimmed!
The new flower and natural spring remind me of the Garden of Eden. It has been said that perhaps the area was this Garden. Well, certainly seems to suggest beauty and rest.
But the original Garden of Eden would have been buried under tons of rock and silt in the world wide flood, which you might know as Noah’s flood or the Great Deluge.
Not to be confused with the Greta flood, the flood of words from Greta Thunberg over climate change.
The Blue Nile rises in the country to eventually join the White Nile at Khartoum in Sudan where it becomes just the Nile to go onto Egypt.
The Great Rift Valley passes through the country. This may be a symbol for the rift in the politics of the country over recent years. Still, the area is very beautiful from photographs I have seen, and is both very mountainous whilst it has some large areas of flattish fertile lands. Plus desert like conditions in the East.
Its economy is mainly agricultural, and sheep and goats very important. The following video is interesting, and the text to the lead in is enlightening. See
I wonder about the comment re buying from supermarkets. Will this put control of food into more limited numbers of organisations who might exploit the people?
However, here is a photo I have been sent that shows a market.
Looks a like a street market that could be the same in the UK, except for dirt track rather than tarmac. No goats or sheep I can see.
The sheep and goats remind me of Jesus of Nazareth telling of what will happen when the ‘Son of Man comes in his glory’ in Matthew 25:31–46
Going back to Abyssinia and its meaning I note the following:
History and Etymology for abyss
borrowed from Late Latin abyssus, borrowed from Greek ábyssos “bottomless, unfathomable, (as noun) bottomless gulf,” from a- A- entry 2 + byssós “depth of the sea,” probably going back to *byth-yos, derivative of bythós “depth, deepest part, bottom,” probably of pre-Greek substratal origin From
Abyssinia does rather sound like ‘Abyss in here’ meaning ‘No bottom in here’. A bottomless something or other in here. Or maybe just ‘no bums here’!!
There is a lot of oil underneath the country, which seems to be why the Chinese government are very keen to exploit it, and maintain good relations with Ethiopia.
They may also be very happy to have a former Marxist as head of the W.H.O., who just happens to be from Ethiopia. Just saying.
Yes, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Tedros might refer to ‘Ted the red’ as ros can mean ‘red’. Like the red for China and communism. Just saying.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, which can anagram to ‘O smug bogey hardheartedness’. Just saying.
No doubt I shall have a closer look at him in due course.
But back to Abyssinia again. There is no other country in the world I know of with something similar to this name. If the meaning is ‘Abyss in here’, could this be a teensy weensy pointer to the book of Revelation in the bible and reference to the ‘Abyss’?
Yes, it could and is. But I’ll keep that for another post in due course to keep you on tenterhooks.
Indeed, the country is so fascinating I think it could do with several posts to explore all its diversity.
In the meantime I will leave you with Haile Selassie’s address to the Ethiopian people as recorded in the Wikipedia entry.
Today is the day on which we defeated our enemy. Therefore, when we say let us rejoice with our hearts, let not our rejoicing be in any other way but in the spirit of Christ. Do not return evil for evil. Do not indulge in the atrocities which the enemy has been practicing in his usual way, even to the last.
Take care not to spoil the good name of Ethiopia by acts which are worthy of the enemy. We shall see that our enemies are disarmed and sent out the same way they came. As Saint George who killed the dragon is the Patron Saint of our army as well as of our allies, let us unite with our allies in everlasting friendship and amity in order to be able to stand against the godless and cruel dragon which has newly risen and which is oppressing mankind.
In these end times we see a new godless and cruel dragon oppressing mankind. Really this is the same old serpent, Satan at his works again, one time Lucifer. Or Loopy Lucy as I call him in case you haven’t read that elsewhere.
So let all peoples of good heart stand in the spirit of Christ and deal to Satan and his cronies the fatal blows which will rid the world of them forever.
P.S. If you are interested try this link regarding Haile Selassie