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15 April, 23:00

“Sermons on the Archangel Michael”: history of manuscripts

“Sermons on the Archangel Michael”: history of manuscripts
At the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th centuries, one of the most impressive manuscripts of its time, the Sermons on the Archangel Michael, was created in ancient Ethiopia. 

This unique booklet, consisting of 83 sheets of parchment, decorated with illustrations and written in Ethiopian, not only contained prayers, but also served as a protective scroll against disease and evil spirits. 
The features of these manuscripts are a kind of functional purpose. In addition to the fact that they contained spiritual texts related to the Archangel Michael, they were intended for use in everyday life. 

According to ancient tradition, protective scrolls with images of saints and texts of prayers were supposed to hang over the bed of their owner, protecting him from illnesses and evil spirits. 
The manuscripts were originally taken from the city of Gondar by Emperor Tewodros, who intended to use them for the church at Mekdel. However, they were captured by British troops and later reached London.

 Today, the Sermons on the Archangel Michael are housed in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, a testament to the rich spiritual and cultural tradition of ancient Ethiopia.
Source: vam.ac.uk

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