I continue to see sad things. To see her, Kiurbel travelled from France. Ethiopian literature has developed from a largely religious foundation to its more secular print industry today. The Ge’ez script, a native Semitic writing system, was used by early Ethiopian authors. Ethiopian education was largely under the control of the church until relatively recently. Because of this, the state’s literature tended to concentrate on theological issues and kingly acts. The Fetha Nagast, a legal code, is one of Ethiopia’s most significant traditional texts.
Ge’ez is primarily used in the Eritrean Orthodox Tewahedo Church today. Modern Amharic writers typically focus on more secular themes and narratives. Older oral traditions of poetry and folklore have also persisted to the day. Ethiopian music is divided into religious and secular themes, just like the country’s other arts. Some of the most researched musical traditions in the nation are hymns performed in churches and chants honouring the royal family.
The krar lyre, the Masanko, a one-stringed lute, tambourines, flutes, drums, and even prayer staffs, or Makwamiya, which are used to keep time, are common musical instruments. Between Ethiopia’s highlands and lowlands, as well as between the nearby cultures within each, there can be significant differences in musical preferences and practises. Every culture has preferred dance styles, song lyrics, and levels of self-expression.