Abyssinia was an old name of the historic Ethiopian empire. It comprised of half of Ethiopia today. Abyssinia was on the African continent and had a lot of historical significance. It was initially Abyssinia from which people started migrating to and establishing the Middle East. Abyssinia was a kingdom ruled by a king, and at that time it had was much more powerful and reputed. The country fell in 1936 when the capital Addis Ababa was invaded by Italians. Haile Selassie, the king at that time was removed. In here we will list some interesting facts about Abyssinia which is modern day Ethiopia.
Emergence of modern anatomic humans
Abyssinia is thought to be the first place where modern anatomic humans emerged. Omo remains were the earliest modern human bones, they were found in Abyssinia modern day Ethiopia. Moreover, skeletal remains of Homo sapiens Ida Liu were also found at a place in Ethiopia. It is believed that these dated back approximately 160,000 years. They may represent an extinct subspecies of Homo sapiens or the immediate ancestors of anatomically modern humans.
Low life expectancy
Abyssinia has one of the profound life expectancy rates in the world. Living conditions in Ethiopia are not up to the mark which reduces their chances of living. Shortage of water and famine in the area also contributes to the low life expectancy rate. It is expected that a woman has an average life of 50 years while men can expect to live an average 48 years.
Twins are considered bad luck
Some of the traditional societies in Abyssinia viewed the birth of twins as mini, which means they are a sign of bad luck. Some of the Ethiopians believed that twins can be cursed and can also invite evil spirits. This is conservative view and many people in modern day Ethiopia do not abide by these beliefs.
Donkeys and camels were first kept in houses by Ethiopians
Camels and donkeys are thought to be first domesticated by Abyssinians in modern day Ethiopia. They started keeping them in homes and taking labour for them. They were used for transport, carriage and some agricultural tasks. Until then Camels and donkeys did not serve any domestic purpose.
Ethiopia has a different calendar
Ethiopia has a different schedule that comprises of 13 months. The extra month in the calendar makes them few years behind the traditional schedule. It is seven years behind so now when it is 2016, Ethiopia has 2009. The extra month in their calendar is only of 5 days in the average years and six days in leap year.
Consumption of food is small
Consumption of food is low in Ethiopia. It is one of the least calorie consuming countries. At average it is thought that an adult in Ethiopia consumes around 1300 calories a day. Not only that, studies show that an average Ethiopian consumes only 21 grammes of fat per day. These statistics are the reason that the population of Ethiopia is one of the cleanest in the world.
Although child marriage is not allowed in Ethiopia yet child marriage rates are very high. 49 percent of girls in Ethiopia are married before they reach the age of eighteen. Every 1 in 5 girls is married before the age of fifteen. It can be said that half of the girl population aged between 15-19 has been married in Ethiopia.
Ethiopia is a combination of two Greek words
The name Ethiopia is a combination of two Greek words. The two terms are author and ops. When combined they mean burnt face. It may seem derogatory to name a country that, but this is how the ancient Greeks referred to the people of Africa. They used to be called that because of their dark skin.
4th Highest Capital
Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia, is the 4th highest money in the world. Highest because its height from the sea level is 2400 meters. This makes it the 4th highest money in the world. The literal meaning of the word Addis Ababa is “white flower”.
The national language of Ethiopia is Amharic. An interesting fact about Ethiopia is that despite having a national language, there are over 80 languages that are spoken in the country. Ethiopia is a diverse country when it comes to words. It is believed that 80 languages are spoken, and 200 different dialects are spoken in the country.
These are some interesting facts about Abyssinia modern day Ethiopia. Ethiopia is a country with extensive historical background and a lot of inventions to its credit.