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Ancient prayer book returned

A century-old Ethiopian prayer book stolen decades ago was returned to Ethiopia late Wednesday after the American collector who held it agreed to the restitution.
The precious relic is a psalter written in the liturgical Geez language and illuminated with bright and colourful pictures of saints that belonged to Emperor Menelik, who ruled the country from 1889 to 1913.
Experts say it disappeared three decades ago and was only located recently by Steve Delamarter, a visiting American scholar who made contact with several collectors of Ethiopian items in the United States.
“Gerald Weiner is the largest collector of Ethiopian antiquities in north America. I went to him and said they belonged to Ethiopia,” said Steve Delamarter, professor of Old Testament at US-based George Fox University.Read full story at AFP.

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  1. Yared
    June 6, 2010 at 10:46 am

    It is good that efforts are being done to restore treasures stolen from this country. We have as much to care for assets that we have inside the country. Many ancient crosses and holy books are being kept in the stores of churches where there is danger of being destroyed and stolen. Though the Ethiopian Orthodox Church gets enormous amount of money by displaying these treasures to tourists, it is doing little to protect them. It is mystery where they are spending the money collected from tourists. Please let us urge those not always enlightened priests and fathers to do more to protect those treasures.

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