I do not know which question is the right one -- what is next? Or -- what was before?
If you believe in cause&effect, you will travel back in time...
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Boy Tafari and his father Ras Makonnen. Turn of the century. (See photographs at V&A Museum, London)
The boy was born on July 23, 1892, in the year of St. John, according to Ethiopian tradition of dedicating each year to one of the four evangelists. John the Divine, who recieved the Revelation of the end of the world and the Judgement Day. It all was ahead. Menelik and teenager Tafari
In 1904 Tafari was made governor of a district in province of Harrar. He was twelve.
Iyassu, Menelik's grandson, (center) was Ethiopian Emperor till 1917, when he was deposed by Ras Tafari (left). Ras Beru Welde Gebreal (right).
Ras (Prince) Tafari was a regent since 1917, in 1927 he became Negus (King). Here is the photo of this period. Ras Tafari in a traditional warrior dress.
In 1930 he became Negusa Negus (King of Kings). I'll find better photos of the coronation. Here is one.
"At 8 am on November the Second coronation began at the St. George Cathedral. Two hours later a 101-gun salute was fired and the Emperor went for a two-mile journey through his capital."
"The status accorded to the Ethiopian monarch corresponded very largely with his position as laid down in the country's traditional legal code, the Fetha Negast, or `Laws of the Kings,' which proclaimed the Divine Right of Kings on Scriptual basis." (Pankhurst)
The doctrine remains monophysite in holding that Christ had but one nature -- the divine, rather than two natures, the numan and the divine, while still recognizing the Trinity (Sellassie). (Spencer)
Sellassie (Power of Trinity),
the Emperor (official well known picture)
He was 38.
"The imperial dignity shall remain perpetually attached to the line of Haile Sellassie I,
descendent of King Sahle Sellassie,
whose line descends without interruption from the dynasty of Menelik I,
son of the Queen of Ethiopia, the Queen of Sheba,
and King Solomon of Jerusalem."
Perhaps, it was the darkest time of life. He lost everything. He knew the war was coming and Ethiopia couldn't win it...
During the Italian War in 1935
The boy on the left is Prince Mekonnen (the Emperor's second son).
What do you now? What is next?
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