a minor quibble with your essay
John, in your essay you write, "One seeming result of these forces is that
wealthy Transylvanian Protestants, remarkably open to cultural diversity, were
exposed to and bought Anatolian “prayer” rugs and gave them to their churches in
exactly the same way that Muslims did for their mosques (Martie Henze discovered
in Ethiopia that Protestant churches, there, were often the recipients, on the
same basis, of Anatolian kilims and that caches of them remain there still).
I don't think that Martie Henze found any Anatolian kilims in Ethiopian protestant churches. Protestantism is extremely new to Ethiopia. I've heard of Ethiopian Orthodox pilgrims returning from Constantinople with kilims for their churches, but I think you'd have a difficult time locating a cache of Anatolian kilims in an Ethiopian protestant church.
Dear Ben Mini -
Your indication sent me back to Martie Henze's Hali report and you are correct. She found Anatolian kilims in "Orthodox" Ethiopian churches not "Protestant" ones.
Thanks for this correction.
If others have not read Martie's interesting initial report, it is in Hali, 118, pages 21-25.
R. John Howe