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June 16, 2015

‹♦ Christianity was introduced to most of the African continent during the late 19th century by European missionaries. Ethiopia, however, is one of the few countries that practiced Christianity well before European colonialism. In the 4th century, King Ezana of Ethiopia declared the state religion to be Orthodox Christianity and Ethiopian coptic crosses began to be produced. ♦›

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‹♦ Ethiopian crosses are easily distinguishable from their beautiful baroque style lattice work. In general, elaborate geometric patterns are seen in Ethiopian art, so it’s not surprising this tradition was carried into their crosses. The overlapping designs are symbolic of an everlasting life and still hold that value in modern day. ♦›

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‹♦ Originally, crosses were cut out of bone, wood, leather, or stone. Starting in the 19th century, silver coins called birr became more regularly used and were melted down to create silver crosses. Different patterns and designs were incorporated depending on the region where the cross was made, and who the artisan was. Ethiopian Orthodox Christians began to wear their locally designed crosses as a statement of their faith and of their pride of their hometown. ♦›

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‹♦ Throw on an Ethiopian cross or beadwork to show off your faith or simply add some flair to your look! Shop these styles now: ♦›

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