‘s Miley time

January 2, 2009 at 1:36 pm 7 comments

Every nation has it’s “gypsies”, our Oral Literature instructor once told us. It’s Lalibellas or “Eregna”s. It’s superstitions, its “abai tenQway”s and the traditional medicine those “abai tenQwayis” dish out. Using a poem, a washint, a painting or an embroidery, grievance (like recreation, like survival) finds a way out.

I’ve been fascinated by the Palestinian embroidery every since I came across it in a Christian fiction I found at “Bete Emnet” Library, a branch of IEC Church’s. The “Zion Chronicles”, the book is entitled, and is written by Bodie Theone, a historical fiction writer who with husband or brother Brock Theone produced 45 best selling novels.

In “Daughters of Zion”, the 2nd of the 5 books in the series, you’d come across the story of a holocaust-survivor Jewish beauty who finds out her Aramaic-speaking Red-Sea-Scrolls-translating Archeologist slash Professor FiancΓ©e (Moshe, I believe his name was) was a closeted born-again Christian. She finds the idea of Jesus being the Messiah hard to swallow and against everything every member of her family lived and lost their lives for. True, she loved Moshe. He not only saved her from a suicide-by-drowning but knows what she been through and who she was. But nobody understood how wrong the Beatles were when they sing “Love is all you need” more than the Jews. So she goes home to ponder over things.

There, she comes across a quilt made by her grand mother, a Palestinian Muslim. An embroidery everybody thus far felt was all color and no meaning. Alas, it had meaning. In the stitches, words and images were woven. Words and images that tell the story of a Savior: from his tears in the Garden of Gethsemane, to his crucifixion, to his resurrection. By the time she was done deciphering meaning from the quilt, her face was covered with tears. Etcetera etcetera “and they all lived happily ever after”.

So the first thing I did when I heard Israel was bombing “key Hamas offices” was go to read how the Palestinian women were taking the news. There wasn’t much on it. Obviously the Jews control the internet too πŸ™‚ . But I found the following: Miley Cyrus gives her thoughts on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Have a delightful weekend.

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  • 1. Mamitu  |  January 2, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    Oy, so you used to go to Bete Emnet and now you are an Athiest or something close tp it? I don’t think the Librarians Emebiet and Amsale (the ones that were there back then) would be too pleased about it. πŸ™‚

  • 2. Mamitu  |  January 2, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    P.S. I think I may have read those very books too, back in the day.

  • 3. abesheet  |  January 3, 2009 at 7:56 am

    *took a closer look @ Mamitu* πŸ™‚

    used to go to Bete Emnet and now you are an Athiest or something close tp it?

    The word is “Agnostic”, actually, Mamiye. I was a Christian true. But the books are the only reason i became a member. I neither liked the fellowship or all the activities they did so I kept away mostly. Although Muna (the group Leader) and I were very close and the attention paid to my barely early 20’s self by the Ermias (Clarks, now living in Sweden) was strangely exhilirating.

    I don’t think the Librarians Emebiet and Amsale

    Hmm.. Amsale.. now that sounds more like it. She was a teyim konjo and a very strict individual. Her younger sister went to school with me, or i doubt she’d have let anybody from my side of the town join πŸ˜‰ .

  • 4. Shawel  |  January 3, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Hello Abesheet!

    Hey do you know by chance what happened to arefe? His blog is not functioning anymore? just curious.

  • 5. Mamitu  |  January 5, 2009 at 12:47 am

    So you had a Bible study with sweet Muna? The last time I saw her she was about to have her first baby about 5 and a half years ago in the US of A. Did you ever go to Babogaya and Kuriftu? My fondest memories of my late teens and early twenties were at Bete Emnet and Babogaya with the Clarks group. (Am I getting any closer? πŸ™‚ )

  • 6. abesheet  |  January 5, 2009 at 6:22 am

    Yes, Shawel. I’ve talked to Arefe about it and he’s said he’s taking some time off to reconsider a couple of things. I’ll tell him of your concern and inform you when he’s made up his mind to have Addis Journal up and running. I miss it too. It’s a great source of information, that one!

    Mamitu:
    Yes. “Sweet”. And passionate and the greatest friend anybody could ask for. After I stopped going to “Bete Emnet”, leaving neither an address or a phone number, she came looking for me. Literally! “I know she’s ‘bet mekerayet’ around Mekanissa” she said, and found my house “beTiyeQa”. I was at work. When i came home, i found a letter filled with love and tears. I’ll never forget that. Now Muna wasn’t perfect by any measure. But if the Savior is half interested in you as her, i thought back then, he is worth giving another try. [Which i did, didn’t work]. I’ve seen her, and avoided her, once or twice at the AAU. She looked good and pregnant.

    No, i haven’t participated in any of the out-door activities (except the ones that took place in the IEC ground; lunches & stuff). Would have loved to see BaboGaya though. Even my little bro, Babi, has been there “beTemihirt gubignit”.

  • 7. Eskinder  |  January 5, 2009 at 7:35 am

    This blog reminds me of Consuelo Saah Baher’s novel, Daughters. I had lost that book but it illustates a good picture of old palestine, culture and first Jewish settlement. I recommend that book if you manage to get a copy.

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