Gurage

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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Gurage

 

a people living in Ethiopia, in the southwestern regions of Shoa Province, in Arusi Province, and in Addis Ababa. Population, over 500,000 (1967, estimate). The Gu-rage language belongs to the Semitic group of the Hamito-Semitic languages. There are both Muslims and Monophysite Christians among the Gurage. Their basic occupations are agriculture and cattle raising. They are also famous as very skilled craftsmen. The Gurage is one of the groups of people in the emerging Ethiopian nation.

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The second feature, characteristic of the East Gurage languages, is undoubtedly related to the first one (cf.
This book, a reprinting of fifty-five of Leslau's articles on the Semitic Gurage languages of Ethiopia, is, perhaps, after his 1979 Etymological Dictionary of Gurage (reviewed in this journal: 102.2 [1982]), his most valuable work to date.
The latter two studies are particularly welcome since the Gurage languages are so little explored, even today.