Africa | Ethiopia, 'magic scroll': A so-called 'magic scroll' made of parchment (animal skin). These 'magic scrolls' are used by Ethiopian Orthodox Christian priests in healing the sick. Before the ceremony such a 'magic scroll' would be placed lengthwise over the lying patient. This complete piece is inscribed in black and red with prayer formulas in the sacred 'Geez' language. With 3 pictures
Africa | Excerpts from a 264 page illustrated prayer book from Ethiopia | 16th - 18th century | Parchment, bound in leather (or some other animal hide) with wooden covers on the front and back. The text is written in the Ge’ez alphabet, the traditional liturgical language of the Ethiopian Orthodox | The Christian roots of Ethiopia can be traced back to the 4th century AD.