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Habsha - ethnicity or group name?
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Shakhnoza Yunusova  Identity Verified
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Jan 30, 2004

Hello,

I need help with the following: is there a "Habsha" ethnicity and is that the correct word to be used for a person's origin? What other ethnicities exist in Ethiopia and Eritrea?

Any help will be appreciated, thank you


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Abdellatif Bouhid  Identity Verified
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Salam Jan 30, 2004

Shirin,

This site might help.

http://www.ethnologue.com/show_country.asp?name=Ethiopia

Regards,

Abdellatif

NB: In Arabic, Ethiopia is called Habasha, an ethiopian is Habashi (man) and Habashiya (woman).


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Amidas
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Habasha May 29, 2004


Shirin
The correct word is Habasha not Habsha and the equivalent in english is Abbyssinia, it is the the land of todays Ethiopia and Eritrea, major spoken and written languages are Amharic (Amharinja) and Tigrinja (they pronounce them Amharinya and Tigrinya respectivly), the word Habasha is old and even some people there regard it insultive, so be careful when using the word Habasha, if you search the web for king Selassie, Haila Selassie or Abbyssinia you will find a lot of material about Habasha.
cheers


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