- Artists members of CAT
- Traditional dancing
- Tigrai Traditional
- People of Raya
- Cultural Association of Tigrai
- The Monastery
- Great stelae
- Beautiful face
- traditional art of Tigray
Tigrai is the Northern most of Ethiopia’s federal states located at 12012’ - 14032’ North latitude and between 36030’- 40030’ East longitude. The State of Tigrai shares common borders with Eritrea in the north, the Regional State of Afar in the east, the Regional State of Amhara in the south, and the Republic of Sudan in the west.
Although the region has a number of legends about its history, the well known and documented history of Tigrai begins in the eighth century B.C. (Yeha), and with the founding of the Aksumite Kingdom around 300 B.C. Tigrai is the region where ancient Ethiopian civilization began, and it is believed that Aksum was one of the four great super powers of its time. During its hay-day the Aksumite Empire is believed to have a highly civilized knowledge on pottery, and other crafts. In addition to that, the region is well known for its primacy in accepting Orthodox Christianity in the 4th century A.D. and for its accommodation of Islam in the 7th century AD which in turn has contributed to the peaceful co-existence of its people with different cultures and religious believes. It is the very root and proprietor of the greatest wealth of different kinds of heritages. Indeed, the region is the homeland to various spiritual and material cultures. Due to its diversified collection of heritages Aksum and its environs was inscribed on UNESCO’s world heritage list in 1980.The region is also well known for its rock-hewn churches and monasteries, mural arts, parchment paintings, unique alphabet, mosques (like Ahmed-Al-Nejashi), religious rituals, etc.
The region that at one time was the owner of various cultural craftsmanship, the symbol of coexistence, possessor of various cultural, natural and manmade heritages and the region that had a beautiful natural scene has not been benefiting from its resource for a longer period of time. It is to avert this image that such project has been launched in the region and other Ethiopian regions as well.
Truly, Tigrai is the Alpha and Omega of Ethiopia’s ancient and remarkable history. As evidenced today by its unique pre-Christian obelisks, countless stone inscriptions, dozens of rock-hewn churches, ancient built monasteries, underground palaces and emperial tombs, Tigrai was once the country’s architectural workshop. It has always been the purveyor of religious scholarship, ecclesiastical painting, Christian hymns as well as administrative and political blueprints. Tigrai’s historical, religious and cultural wealth is as overwhelmingly rich as it is diverse.
It is with this belief that UNESCO, has earmarked a certain portion of its budget via the project on Harnessing Diversity for Sustainable Development and Social Change /HDSDSC/ to prepare an Inventory Map of the Tangible Heritages of Tigrai. Every effort has been made by the Tigrai Culture and Tourism Agency to access the endowments the region has and collect the necessary GIS reading of each site which in turn will help to prepare various types of mappings and other documentations. It is imperative here to mention the help provided by the Bureau of Plan and Finance in the preparation of this Inventory Map.
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