“In the name of the Almighty God, We Haile Sellassie I, the Emperor of Ethiopia, swear that We will uphold and defend the Constitution of the Empire”
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List of Ethiopian Kings by H.I.H. Tafari Makonnen, June 19, 1922
“And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the LION OF JUDAH, the ROOT OF DAVID, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.”
Report by Addison E. Southard, United States Minister to Ethiopia National Geographic, June 1931
Last Sunday, a great ceremony took place at Addis Abbaba [Ababa], the capital of Abyssinia. It was the coronation of the new Emperor of Ethiopia – Ras Tafari. From reports and expectations, the scene was one of great splendour, and will long be remembered by those who were present.
To honor the coronation of Emperor Haile Sellassie I and Empress Menen of November 2, 1930, the following excerpt from the book “The Biography of Empress Menen, The Mother of the Ethiopian Nation” is offered here.
One of the most important events in the RasTafarian calendar is the Anniversary of the Coronation of Emperor Haile Selassie I. This event took place on the 2nd November 1930. His Imperial Majesty broke with trodition by delaying the ceremony for some time after the death of the previous ruler, Queen Zawditu.