Tag Archives: Amharic


Ethiopian Tale – Wardit the Mule

Main Piece  My informant told me the story of a beautiful mule named Wardit. Wardit was on her way to drink water from the river, when she met an admirer, a horse, on the way. The horse confesses his love for Wardit, and asks about her parentage. Wardit looked confused, and asked the horse why… Continue Reading »

Ethiopian Tale – Three Deaf People

Main Piece There was once a deaf farmer, who grew wheat on his farm. One day, as he was plowing wheat, he was approached by a deaf woman. Neither one knew that the other was deaf.  “Excuse me,” the deaf woman asked him, “I have lost my sheep. Do you know where they went?” “I’m… Continue Reading »

“The goat doesn’t get to keep the grass when he dies.”

My informant is from Washington, D.C. Her parents immigrated to the United States from Ethiopia. This her explanation of a saying she has heard her father use: “So since my dad is from like, the rural area of Ethiopia, he knows a lot of Ethiopian sayings. Some of them are based on like, stories. Um,… Continue Reading »