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Princeton Ethiopian, Eritrean, and Egyptian Miracles of Mary (PEMM) project

Media Coverage of PEMM by CDH


August 27, 2021

An article titled "Folklore about How the Virgin Mary Helps Believers in Ethiopian Literature and Art" by the CDH on its support of the PEMM project through: a 2019–2020 Research Partnership; 2018–2019 Dataset Curation grant; and 2018–2019 Public Digital Humanities support.

Read the full article here.

Stories have been told for almost two millennia about the Virgin Mary and the miracles she has performed for the faithful who call upon her name. One of the most important collections of such folktales is the body of almost 700 Ethiopian Marian miracles, written from the 1300s through the 1900s, in the ancient African language of Gəˁəz (also known as classical Ethiopic). These tales, called the Täˀammərä Maryam (The Miracles of Mary), are central to the daily life of 50 million Ethiopians and Eritreans and of special interest at Princeton University, which has in its Firestone Library one of the largest and finest collection of Ethiopic Manuscripts, and Marian miracle manuscripts, anywhere in the world outside of Ethiopia.


pricenton ethiopian eritrean & egyptian miracles of marry project

The Princeton Ethiopian, Eritrean, and Egyptian Miracles of Mary (PEMM) project is a comprehensive resource for the 1,000+ miracle stories written about and the 2,500+ images painted of the Virgin Mary in these African countries, and preserved in Geʿez between 1300 and the present.

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