Ethiopian Emperors and Christianity

Ethiopia has been a focus of historians for its rich kingdom background. The emperors ruled Ethiopia successfully. Their rule and system of governance are what made the history of Ethiopia an interesting subject. The emperors were rulers of the kingdom. The emperors were respected and obeyed. This was due to their leadership and connections across Europe and Asia. There were wars during the reigns of Ethiopian emperors.

When Emperor Susenyos converted to Catholicism in 1624,a serious war broke out. Some Ethiopians were unhappy with this decision and felt that this was not all right and hence resorted to war. The war resulted in thousands of deaths in Ethiopia. The Ethiopians resorted to war since they were not pro-catholic but rather orthodox. The war erupted when the local church, which was Jesuit, saw the conversion to Catholicism as an insult. This was not something they were ready to welcome as a result fof their outlook. They saw it as something against their faith and hence, their rage broke out as war.

The son of Susenyos on 25th June 1632, declared the state religion. This son of Emperor Sunsenyos was called Fasilides. Emperor Fasilides forced out Jesuit missionaries from Ethiopia and all other Europeans. Other legislators of Ethiopia did not question the leadership of emperors. This allowed them to continue managing the affairs of Ethiopia single handedly. Emperors have been ruling in Ethiopia until the last emperor was ousted. Emperor Haile Salasie was ousted in the 20th century as the politics of modern world became apparent in Ethiopia.

Source by Kum Martin

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