Posted by Ben Mini on 07-20-2007 12:00 PM:

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.

Ben Mini

Posted by R. John Howe on 07-20-2007 01:35 PM:

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