Classic DACB Collection

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Alternate Names: Säga-Zä-‘Ab
Orthodox Church

Säga-Zä-‘Ab (perhaps fl. late 12th -early 13th century A.D.), was the father of St. Täklä-Haymanot. Of a priestly family, he was living in the district of Zoräré in Selaleš, now Bulga, in Šäwa, when he had to flee from the persecution of the pagan governor of Damot, Motälamé. His wife, ‘Eszi’e-Haräya, was only saved by divine intervention and was reunited with him in Zoräré, where their son was born.

A. K. Irvine


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

C. Conti Rossini, “Il ‘Gadla Takla Haymanot’ secondo la redazione waldebbana,” Atti della R. Accademia dei Lincei, 1894, Vol. II (1896).

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.