He grew up with his mother. As a boy, he began his education within the system of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church , studying at the monasteries of Debre Elias , Debre Werq , and Dima Giorgis where he finally graduated in Qine type of extended Ethiopian orthodox church education. Later, he moved to Addis Ababa where he attended several schools, including the Swedish mission school —27 and later at the Tafari Makonnen School for further education of the secular sort EthioView 12 December He wrote his first play during this period, YeHabeshan yewedehuala Gabcha The marriage of habesha and its backwardness which displayed remarkably mature style. In the early s Hadis returned to Gojam and worked as a customs clerk and school headmaster before moving to a teaching position at Debre Markos.
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The characters in this classic work are house hold names. I took upon myself the challenge of analyzing the illnesses that the major characters had in Fikir Eske Mekabir in the hope to understand the diseases of the era in Ethiopian history covered in this master literary work. This is based on the original, Amharic version. Bezabih was the only child of Wudinesh Betamu and Bogale Mebratu.
The story depicts a loner Bogale who had lost his parents when he was very young and lived most of his life poor who would marry in his later years a woman of rich back ground, Wudinesh who had her own tragedy after all three of her previous husbands died.
It took a lot of convincing by priest Tamiru to bring these two lonely souls together hence begin the story that becomes Fikir Eske Mekabir. Two years later they were blessed with a boy and named him Bezabih means too much , to describe the many illnesses the boy faced until he reached his 5 th birth day.
He was weak and fragile. These diseases almost killed him. He would shake and move his hands and legs with his eyes rolling from his father to the roof then to the kitchen as if trying to escape from death. His movements would slow down and he would go in to a deep sleep.
After about two hours he would wake up, yawn and laugh as if nothing happened. The clue here is the onset of high grade fever followed by what appears like a convulsion. The deep sleep following the episode and the back to normal description clinches the diagnosis of febrile seizure. Febrile seizures are convulsions induced by fever in infants and younger children. It often starts at 6 month of age, even earlier, and very unlikely to occur after age 5 years.
A child would often have high fever, loses consciousness, and shakes, moving limbs on both sides. The child can also have twitching or rigidity in one portion of the body. It is very frightening to parents but is often brief and harmless. Febrile seizures are very common; as much as one every 25 children would have it. One would have to witness one to describe it in such detail. Dear Dr Surafel. Though the description is right the disease name seems wrong.
In the region where Addis Alemayehu grew up, this is a well known disease entity. Thank you Surafel for bringing up such an interesting topic. Please enlighten us with similar posthumous diagnosis on historical figures. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account.
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