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Re: [BKARTS] Britain to return plundered Ethiopian book



It should be noted that manuscript illumination was something that the
Ethipians were known for up to the then end of the 19th century when religious
practices other than christianity came into play and the art of ethiopian
manuscript illumination (christian) became an exile or greatly surpressed and an
underground movement.  So one wonders how many manuscripts were destroyed during
those periods of times and just how likely it was for these manuscripts to have
survived, if they were not "taken" by the British.
One of the great arguments is over the return of the Codex Siniaticus to a
monastery in the Sinai desert.  The German who found it in the first place came
upon the monks who were using it and other manuscripts as kindling for the
fire.  And much of that manuscript was lost to heat that monastery. Instead
large parts of it found their way to the British Library where you can go inside
any day it is open, go up one level turn left and into a room full of
manuscripts and look at it yourself.  And it will be preserved for another 1700 years
or as long as the UK stays civilized which ever comes first!
Many people seem to forget that if you are in a war and you loose, you loose.
Lawsuits doesn't change that.  Its like a fight in the school yard, if the
looser goes running to the Principal did he win the fight? Doesn't matter how
unfair the sides were in abilites, that is the whole point, someone has to
loose.  So we go on from there.  Just thank God that the manuscript still exists!

Meanwhile the world has been able to see these manuscripts and they have been
preserved for all to see.

JP

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