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Query:   Possible Book in Coptic
Author:  L. Pazzaglia
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Writing Systems

Summary:   Regarding query http://www.linguistlist.org/issues/15/15-3228.html

http://photobucket.com/albums/v237/pazzaglia/what%20is%20it/

Thanks everyone for your replies on my query as to what this book was! I've received lots of information and I've been told that it's customary for me to follow-up and let you know what I've found out.

- I received confirmation from several respondants that it is *not* written in Coptic.

- The book is written in Ethiopic, more precisely Ge'ez or Amharic (if more recent)- the language of Christian Ethiopians. Several of you have sent me this website where I could see for myself: http://www.omniglot.com/writing/ethiopic.htm

- According to just one respondant, this is one of the ''Magic Books'' which is the ''Ehtiopian Bndlet of Righteousness''. E.A.W.Budge has made an English translation which I will hunt down. I managed to find a photo of it online and it is very similar to mine - though it is written on parchment and not leather (don't know if this distinction matters): http://www.hmml.org/20040210_Archive/resources/EthiopiaExhibit/Bandlet.html

- Acoording to another respondant, this is a syllabary and a couple of others have told me that it's a Lithurgical text (this information does not necessarily conflict or agree with the previous statement)
- I received a recommendation to contact a German scholar who has written a book in Ge'ez - which I will contact.
- I did get one complaint on the quality of the photos ; ) - sorry I don't have a really steady hand but I will invest in a stand for my digital camera.

Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to look at the book and comment -- if you have new infromation to share please feel free to send it to me!
L

LL Issue: 15.3238
Date Posted: 18-Nov-2004
Original Query: Read original query


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