- Jun 2013
Ok, ignorance on my part, I never claimed to be an expert on pre-colonial Africa, so I don't appreciate your condescending attitude. The name does also have a Greek meaning though, but thanks for the information.The Ethiopians believe the name doesn't stem from Greek "burnt faces", but from the name of the founder of Axum, "Ittyop 'is", supposedly a son of Cush, who was a son of Ham. Furthermore the European name for Ethiopia until WWII was Abyssinia, which is derived - via Arabic - from Habesha, today the native name for the inhabitants of Ethiopia, although it originally only applied to the Amhara and Tigray-Tigrinya people.
So the problem is rather that you choose to believe the European etymology over the Ethiopian in this case!
How annoying this ignorance about pre-colonial Africa, isn't it?