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'Egzi'e-Haräya
fl. 13th century
Orthodox
Ethiopia


'Egzi'e-Haräya (perhaps fl. 13th century A.D.), was the mother of St. Täklä-Haymanot. When her husband, Säga-Zä-'Ab, escaped from Selales (Bulga) and the persecution of the pagan governor of Damot, Motälamé, she was captured and taken to the governor, who desired to marry her. The intervention of the Archangel Mika'él saved her, and she was carried off and reunited with Säga-Zä-'Ab in Zoräré, in Säwa, where their son was conceived and born.

A. K. Irvine



Bibliography:

E. A. Wallis Budge, The Life and Miracles of Takla Haymânôt (London, 1906).


This article is reproduced, with permission, from The Dictionary of Ethiopian Biography, Vol. 1 'From Early Times to the End of the Zagwé Dynasty c. 1270 A.D.,' copyright © 1975, edited by Belaynesh Michael, S. Chojnacki and Richard Pankhurst, Institute of Ethiopian Studies, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. All rights reserved.