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Ethiopia - Ras Alula Dead - An Abyssinian General of Great Ability - The Son of Peasants
The New York Times Archives
Rome - Reports received here announce the death of the great Abyssinian chief, Ras Alula.
Ras Alula was fifty-five years old. His parents were peasants in the village of Punake, near Mekahe. He served for several years as groom to the uncle of of the Negus, Ras Area. He entered the service of Ras Area, whose daughter he married, and later he became Master of the Ward robe at court. After the death of his father-in-law, he was promoted to the rank of Chamberlain, and then he was made Governor of Tigre, with the title Ras.
Ras Alula developed great military skill, and for many years was regarded as one of the greatest of Abyssinian Generals. He was deliberate in his speech, cunning, and very determined in character. He always accompanied the Negus in his journeys, and also acted as Councilor of State.
In personal appearance Ras Alula was of chocolate color, was about 5 feet 9 inches in height, and was stout, although his face was thin. He was very pious, but his piety took on the form of great superstition, and his avarice and rapacity were almost beyond the comprehension of Westerners. It is said that, whenever he visited any village with his servants, he took all that he could lay his hand upon, and left hardly anything behind for his hosts.
The above article was published in the New York Times on Feb 27, 1897
RAS ALULA THE ABYSSINIAN
The New York Times
April 12 1887
From The Paul Mall Gazette
The great Abyssinian chief Ras Alula is at present a person of much interest to the Italians, and the Riforma is publishing a sketch of his life, in the course of which it is stated that he is the son of Abyssinian peasants. He was born about 45 years ago in the village of Pamaka, near Mekalle, and served for many years as groom under the Negus Ras Area. Later on he became Master of the Wardrobe at Court, and married the daughter of Ras Area, who died not long after the marriage. He then rose to the rank of Chamberlain, and was finally made Governor of Tigre, with the title of Ras.
Ras Alula is of middle height, has a chocolate-colored skin and a thin face, but it is otherwise rather stout. He never laughs, talks slowly, polite to strangers, but haughty to inferiors. His orders are given only once. If they are not executed, he horsewhips his servants. As a rule he wears a white cotton shirt and trousers. A red fez covers his close-cut hair. On special occasions, he wears a red silk shirt, the robe of the Governor. He is an excellent horseman, and it will be difficult to find an Abyssinian who bears the hardships of traveling better than he. He accompanies the Negus barefooted on all his tours, and never show a sign of fatigue. Having had no education, he can neither read nor write, but is very intelligent and cunning, but pious and superstitious withal. His avarice is extreme; he takes everywhere and gives nowhere. Wherever he goes he takes everything he can lay hold of. On his marches he is accompanied by his servants, who carry his wine, made of honey. Ras Alula is fond of women, but tries to conceal that fact. One of the many Abyssinian poems in his honor runs thus:
"He is as fair as angel
And strong as a lion,
Swift-footed as a leopard,
Sly as a fox,
Wise as Solomon,
Generous as a King,
Is most valiant of all."
The King has promised him the crown of Kassala, if he can earn it. Eight generals fight under him. His daughter is a good and beautiful woman, who has protected Count Salimbeni and his companion, and it is due to her influence that they have not been killed.
The word abysinia was created by arab merchants and fueld by colonialists to destroy ethiopia.
The country name ethiopia was used since the axumite time.
The GREAT RAS ALULA WAS THE GENERAL OF ETHIOPIA.
When the Amhara ppl lead the country for last 100 yrs they never mention the great African general Ras alula, they never even have his picture on Capitol city addis abebe like other Amhara hero. That how can tell how the recist are.
wedi alula,i don’t know where you’re geting your sources but,alula aba nega is one of the most respected ethiopian heros and highly regarded by any ethiopian,be it amhara tigree oromo and all true ethiopians!!and just because straight thinking ethiopians hate tplf and weyane don’t start twisting ethiopian history saying ras alula was not highly respected.peace
Just maybe he never attended school in Ethiopia. Other wise, he would have read it in the history books. But then, what can one expect who always some one for his inadequacy
the story starts in a good way but seems to criticize the real ethiopian hero in the end??wedi alula please go read a history book,before you go around spreading alubalta!if weyane had little bitty amount of ethiopyawinet,they wouldn’t go around giving our land to sudan and eritrea as if the country was a pissa.Even if all you weyanes add up,you wouldn’t amount to ras aba nega in a thousand year. Alula aba nega is actually crying for ethiopia in his grave seeing all the mafia staff you guys are doing day in day out.thanks to meles and his pest weyane supporters,i’m loosing way too much of my respect for any one tigree.History will show you guys for who you really are in the future
He was very pious, but his piety took on the form of great superstition, and his avarice and rapacity were almost beyond the comprehension of Westerners. It is said that, whenever he visited any village with his servants, he took all that he could lay his hand upon, and left hardly anything behind for his hosts.
Hahaha, racist pigs! The only thing they could do about him was throwing cheap words at him, at his dead body of course, b!tches, because on the battle field he proved unmatchable, untouchable and defied what was the order of the time, at least as far as their little hearts concerned, by defeating one of their kind decisively and humiliatingly. When Ethiopia, Minilek, and Alula came out victorious, the whole of Africa and the black race have won, they lost and they couldn’t swallow the bitter reality. And therefore, a journalist from the land of looters, slave owners, colonizers, barbarian supremacists who were determined to buy and sell black colored human beings for eternity has accused one of the greatest Ethiopian and African military strategist, Ras Alula, of avarice and rapacity, based on hearsay. Who would be the source, the Italians who were eating dust in Adwa, who were buried in the dirt or the pow who were begging for mercy??? Besides, did the writer know why the Italians were trying to invade Ethiopia, why Europeans or Westerners in general, the journalist’s ancestors, were scrambling Africa? Wasn’t it to loot, to take what was not theirs, to enslave the people? Then how in the world an act of avarice and rapacity could be incomprehensible for westerners, the mother of all greed and pillaging!? Now i know NYtimes was just like Ethiopian Reporter back in the days, rubbish that is!
Piousness is the hallmark of genuine Tigres in general. Great quality.
Our heros never kill them self, they fight til die like alula, atse yohanes….,,that what call it die like man……
What type of ethnic bias is that? why do u single out Alula and Yohannes, as the only heroes of
Ethiopia. For that matter we don’t even know if they are, because the Ethiopian “history” is for most of it’s part some kind of children’s tales. Few people (specially the royal family) doing so many miracles. That’s not true, our country Ethiopia was defended by our people, who prefered sacrifice for the next generation. Think straight, the kings only political/symbolic role, in fact some of them came from hiding (eg. Haile selassie in Britain) and declared victory. Just forget thinking only the northen leaders were this and that, have respect for the entire population.
Halafi and Agam,
This is the most appropriate place for you tribal sickos to start talking and for us to listen. don’t you think so? Tell us how and why Ras Alula was dead? Who killed him, and for what reasons, and hopefully you may able to answer why Minilek was “hurried” to call it over before reaching the Red Sea. Minilek……eh, such a wise politician he was!
In Eritrean history books, Alula is the most cunning (conman)lier, thief, woro bella, bac stubbing Aigame chief ever.
Does any Ethiopian know the history of Alula how he betrayed Ras Weldemichael? He lured him to Tigray by inviting him as a friend and got him killed. But the fault was Ras Weldemichael’s. He refused to listen to his advisers that he should not trust Alula but weldemichael ignored the advise and went to visit alula and he got screwed. Well the same $h!t was about to happen during our generation but hey we out smarted the cunning tigrians this time and we still got our dignity and soverignity.
Wedi alula [Visitor]
You are wrong, Ras Alula was the most praised Ethiopian hero in Addis Ababa.
hey hey guys, don’t be tricked by outdated eritrean scam posting as Widi Alula. NO Tigray-ethiopian has that kind of opinion. we all know that Alula aba nega has always been celebrated in all parts of ethiopia.
ignore the desperate Id*ot.
Well, this guy might not attend school so we pardon him if this is true but if he said knowing that we learnt a lot about Alula, he is stupid, hatreous.
He might not know Ababa Tesfay also.
look. there is a reference for Ethiopian history. Ethiopia has only 100 years age. 3000 thing is a lie. in 1888, during Alula era, it used to called Absinia. Absinia, habesha comes from the word sem or sematic.
any way, We will didvided ethiopia in to different elements.
No Ethiopian in his right mind denaid the fact that Ras Alula Abba Negga was “GREAT ETHIOPIAN GENERAL”
I remember meney Amharic storical books ful of Alulas photos.but the proplem now a days is too much falsefication of Ethiopian histroy by bothe foraign historyans and the separetist BANDAS with in Ethiopia.
in deed Alula Abba Negga was great general….
When you see someone writing under the pen name of “Wedi Alula,” it has nothing to do with someone who loves Alula as an Ethiopian leader.
It is rather an attempt to antagonize Tigrians with the rest of Ethiopians by being a spokesperson of “Alula” or “Yohannes.”
Most likely, those who use such pen names are weyane/shabiya elements trying to portray the great leaders as narrow nationalists as themselves.
By writing under the pen name “Alula” or “Yohannes,” both weyanie/shabia - agonize to relegate great Ethiopian leaders like to a provincial or district level.
No Tigrian has ever written the history of Ras Alula Aba Nega better than Mamo Wudneh, but again the TPLF cadres never fail to blame the Amhara for concealing the history of the great Ethiopian leader. It is an insult when TPLF talks about Alula as this organization was a weapon long used to destroy all the ideals for which Alula dedicated his life: an independent, marine-power Ethiopia.
For TPLF boss Meles Zenawi, Alula was a colonial governor of Eritrea. Period. Why do you expect from the footsoldiers of TPLF?
Therefore, dear readers, beware of the wolves in sheep’s skin. Tell them openly the secessionists are the disciples of Baratieri (The Italian governor of Eritrea after the death of Emperor Yohannes), and not the great Alula, who was born in Tembien, Tigrai, but lived a rich life to go down into history as one of the greatest Ethiopian leaders of all time.
For further details, read: “The Battle of Adwa and the Rise of Menelik” (Berkeley, 1902)
The victory of Adwa was due to its people and because of leaders like Menelik and Ras Alula but the ironic thing of Ethiopian history is there is no a monument made nor a street named for Ras Alula. I am amazed and dismayed when we glorifiy to name our streets on foreign leaders names who dont have anything to do with Ethiopian history . Does any one knows we name our streets Chrchill Road Mahtama Gandhi Road etc what did these people contributed for Ethiopia more than Ras Alula .
Wedi alula, I am convince myself you were in the cave before TPLF brought you to the center cities and introduce you the rest of Ethiopia. I bet you monkey friend you have no clue how Ethiopia look like before the Melese time. I am not from Northern and I am proud Ethiopian from south. But for your record I born and raised in Addis (Arat killo). I know Alula as one of the saver of Ethiopia, one of a good Ethiopian who comes from the northern part of Ethiopia. TPLF or the current sellouts are not the one who introduces us about Alula; throughout my younger age I hear and read about him. so my friend I know you are one narrow minded who see thing based on tribal politics just like the rest of you bodies here, but some times please use your God given mind, don’t waste and don’t be such hateful human… proudly I said Ethiopia born in Tigrea by the great Ethiopian from that part of the world, the saddest part is Ethiopia will die by the hand of the people who come from that part of the world… Good history for you my uncle not form north but he is fascinated by Alulas story and he named his son Alula, we know about Alula before the TPLF come to power, we know about Tigrean before you guys come to Addis, the great Ethiopian history Professor Richard Pankhurst’s named his son Alula… my friend please be reasonable… if I wear you I will question the current leaders of yours where they come from and how they think about Ethiopia…
Indeed Alula always a great hero of Ethiopian (not only for Tigrean) you can twist history just because you want, but you have a right to make history before you leave this earth.
Please stop to use the nick name of our Ethiopian Hero Ras alula.You are completly
YOU are banda
we ethiopian respect RAS ALULA
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