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“They pay great respect to certain trees...My people, desiring to sit down under its shadow, were immediately driven away, lest the Adbar should be angry (zar). Adbar means keeper or watchman. They grease this tree, and perform religious ceremonies under it. Nobody dare touch or damage the tree without risking a severe punishment. . . .”

  • Source: Messing, Simon D. Highland Plateau Amhara of Ethiopia. New Haven: Human Relations Area Files, 1985.
  • Culture: Amhara
  • Location: Africa