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  • Mentiso
    Welcome, This is the Yahoo! Message Board for ETHIOPA community.
    Message 1 of 135 , Nov 22, 1999
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      Welcome, This is the Yahoo! Message Board for ETHIOPA community.
    • Mentiso
      (AP) The British Museum has ruled out returning several religious artifacts to Ethiopia, despite pleas from the head of the country s church. Abuna Paulos,
      Message 135 of 135 , Feb 8, 2002
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        (AP) The British Museum has ruled out returning
        several religious artifacts to Ethiopia, despite pleas
        from the head of the country's church. Abuna Paulos,
        patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, visited the
        museum to view the looted collection of tabots � sacred
        tablets that represent the Ark of the Covenant � and
        other religious treasures. Abuna is a title equivalent
        to bishop. Museum officials said Thursday that they
        allowed Paulos to view the tabots but said they could not
        be repatriated as a law of 1753 banned the museum
        from relinquishing any object in its collection unless
        it had a duplicate. The Ethiopian treasures were
        seized from the mountaintop capital of Maqdala in 1868
        after British troops sacked the royal settlement
        following the suicide of Ethiopia's ruler, Emperor
        Tewodros. The loot included solid gold crowns, the tabots
        and a number of illuminated manuscripts. Paulos was
        on a two-day visit to Britain to press for the
        return of the treasures, the Ethiopian Embassy said The
        British Museum said the visit was amicable. The carved
        tabots represent the Ark of the Covenant, in which the
        Israelites carried the 10 Commandments as they traveled to
        the Promised Land from Egypt. One was discovered St.
        John the Evangelist church in Edinburgh last year and
        was formally returned to an Ethiopian delegation
        there in January. Tabots are found in all Ethiopian
        churches. They are central to many religious rites there
        and are so sacred that only priests are allowed to
        look at them.
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