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   : 29 2022
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Origin of Tigrigna

Gheez is an ancient language with records of its existence of some centuries before Christ. In the 4th century, Gheez was the spoken language when Christianity entered in eastern Africa, which at the time was known as Abyssinia. In the 5th century the entire Bible was translated from Greek to Gheez by the so called Nine Roman Saints. The translation helped Gheez to evolve and transform into Gheez Liturgy and gradually formed its own Rite.

Numerous Oriental Spiritualities were translated into Gheez including the Mariane Praises “Woddasie Mariam” and “The Gate of Light”, “Ankese Berhan” of St. Ephrem Serrium. But most of all the Gheez translation facilitated the rise of liturgical composers like Yarried and others who composed the liturgical hymns, the entire “mets’hafe duga” of Sundays and Holy days for the whole year round.

It is important to note that Tigrigna and Tigre, which are widely spoken languages in Eritrea, are direct descendants of this ancient language and a member of Semitic languages. Gheez has its own script and few languages in east Africa use the Gheez alphabet. Learning Gheez gives the advantage of affinity with other Semitic languages.

Such is the merit of the Gheez language and culture where the members of this community find their heritage with delight and feel that it is too important to loose, indeed.

Letter of the day: For more detail click at the images below to view a short video. Learn one letter a day