Classic DACB Collection

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Alternate Names: Sähma
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.