The introduction of Islam to Eritrea is traced to nearly 1,450 years ago. There are many traces of evidence that substantiate the argument. One is the Mosque still intact to tell the history, the Mosque of Sheik Hamal.
We are in busy season of marriages and honeymoons. Last Saturday was the opening night of the marriage season for those who had been eagerly waiting to tie the knot. In the last issue of the Eritrea Profile, I tried to detail the honeymoon procedures of the Saho, Bidawit (Hidareb), the Rashaida and the Nara group’s. For this edition, I offer you the enjoyment and more understanding on honeymoons of the other ethnic groups. I welcome you into the second part of uncovering the veils of these glorious post-marriage ceremonies.
Tribes in the world exhibit and honor their respective cultural habits which they keenly are devoted to exercise ordinarily. Someway, when people from other nations observe disciplines that are different from theirs, they find themselves surprised and inquire more about the character. Merely, it is because, culture is a way of life as a whole. For this edition of culture and Arts, it is an honor to disclose the interesting and surprising honeymoon styles Eritrean ethnic groups demonstrate. The existing season is the busiest marriage and honeymoon season of the year.
By the time this article is published, everyone will be on a countdown for the New Year. Months before, friends, colleagues and families have decided where and how to celebrate this great festivity. ‘Hadsh Amet kemey ena?’ is the question everyone in town addresses to their loved ones in order to find out what their plans might be. It is a time of resolutions, promises, hopes and wishes. Almost everyone in the world awaits this hour with excitement, as if something really dramatic will happen, like we will all jump into space and float wildly.
Winston Churchill, the great British leader, once said “history with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days.” History not only serves as a source of light, but also as a breath of life for a nation. Simply, understanding the past is very important for the survival and continuity of every nation. Eritrea, seemingly new and young, is actually an ancient entity which has contributed much to the world of civilization – much of which, both in terms of material and historical significance, was severely devastated and distorted by various colonial powers (especially the Ethiopians).
The first European who came across taita( the soft flimsy pancake made of Taff or Eragrostis Abyssinica and considered Eritrea’s staple food) lying on the mesob (cone-shaped wickerwork used as table) must have thought it was a sponge. It looks like one except the fact that sponge is spherical while Taita is round and flat.
Culture oriented research is a cornerstone in a nation building process because it serves as a driving force to economic, social and political development in any nation. The National Museum of Eritrea has been conducting researches nationwide for over two decades in collaboration with different foreign partners. As a result, considerable findings that show evidences of ancient traces of human settlements have been discovered. These findings have international significance; ancient civilizations which predate the civilizations in our region; evidences of first Christian and Islamic intrusions…. etc, were documented throughout the country covering a wide range of time in history.