Classic DACB Collection

All articles created or submitted in the first twenty years of the project, from 1995 to 2015.


Ancient Christian Church

Sähma, or Sehma, Abba (perhaps fl. late 5th and early 6th century A.D.), was, with Abba Za-Mika’él ‘Arägawi, one of the Nine Saints. Omitted from one of the uncodified manuscripts of the Synaxarium in the Library of the Holy Trinity Cathedral, Addis Ababa, he appears elsewhere as a native of Antioch. He settled in Ethiopia in a place called Sädénya. A monastery named for him is said to exist on a small mountain named Dimbela, near Adwa. He is commemorated on 16 Ter (24 January).

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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.