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Alternate Names: Täsfa-Heywät
Orthodox Church

Täsfa-Heywät was an important ecclesiastic dignitary during the reign of Emperor Lalibäla of the Zagwé dynasty. According to a land grant made by the Emperor to the monastery of Däbrä Libanos of Šimäzana, apparently during the episcopate of Abunä Mika’él of Fua, Metropolitan c. 1205-1209 A.D., Täsfä-Heywät held the high office of abbot of the monastery, with the title of ‘aqabé sä’atä, at that time. By 1225, another land grant shows that the office was then held by Yerde’anä-Krestos.

Kinefe-Regb Zelleke and Belaynesh Michael


C. Conti Rossini, “L’evangelo d’oro di Dabra Libanos,” Rendiconti della Reale Accademia dei Lincei, Serie quinta, Vol. X (1901): 187, 191.

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.