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Damot (Amharic: ዳሞት) was a medieval kingdom in what is now Ethiopia, and neighbor to the Ethiopian Empire. Originally located south of the Abay and west of the Muger River,[1] under the pressure of Oromo attacks the rulers were forced to resettle north of the Abay in southern Gojjam between 1574 and 1606.[2]

Its earliest mention is in the gedlie or hagiography of the 13th century Saint Tekle Haymanot, which mentions Damot under a governor named Motalame, who had his palace at a place called Malbarde, and whose territory extended east beyond the Muger as far as the Jamma.[1] The same name is given to the ruler of Damot in the reign of Emperor Amda Seyon.[3]


  1. ^ a b G.W.B. Huntingford, Historical Geography of Ethiopia from the first century AD to 1704 (London: British Academy, 1989), p. 69
  2. ^ The dates for this movement are discussed by Huntingford in his Historical Geography, at pp. 143f
  3. ^ Huntingford, Historical Geography, pp. 78f