Classic DACB Collection

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Alternate Names: Yäm’ata
Ancient Christian Church

Yäm’ata, or Yem’ata, Abba (perhaps fl. late 5th and early 6th century A.D.), was, with Abba Zä-Mika’él ‘Arägawi, one of the Nine Saints of Ethiopia. His name is omitted from two uncodified manuscripts of very recent date in the library of the Holy Trinity Cathedral, Addis Ababa. In others he is stated to have come from Qusyat, and to have established a monastery in Gär’alta in Endärta, Tegré province. He is commemorated on 23 Teqemt (2 November).

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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.