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Total population
10,139,400[citation needed]
Regions with significant populations
 Ethiopia 6,316,500[1]
 Eritrea 3,430,000[2]
 Italy 54,000[citation needed]
 Sudan 43,000[citation needed]
 Germany 26,000[citation needed]
 Israel 20,000[3]
 United States 20,000[citation needed]
 Yemen 9,900[citation needed]
 Canada 9,300[citation needed]
predominantly Christianity (Ethiopian · Eritrean) ·
minority Sunni Islam · Judaism
Related ethnic groups
Agaw · Amhara · Beja people · Beta Israel · Bilen people · Gurage · Harari · Nubians · Oromo · Somali · Tigre · Tigrinyas[4]

Tigrayans and Tigrinyas, who as a group comprise the Tigrayans in Ethiopia and Biher-Tigrinya in Eritrea, are a similar linguistic people native to the Anseba, Debub and Maekel Regions in Eritrea and the Tigray Region in Ethiopia. They make up roughly 55% of Eritrea's population[5] numbering 3.4 million people, and 6.1% of Ethiopia's population[6] numbering a little over 6.3 million of which approximately 96.6% are native to the Tigray Region.[7][8]

Tigrayans and Tigrinyas speak Tigrinya, an Afro-Asiatic language belonging to the Semitic family.[9] They are not to be confused with the Tigre people who speak Tigre, a closely related Afro-Asiatic language.


The Tigrinyas in Eritrea are officially referred to as Bihére-Tigrinya (or simply, Tigrinya), while in Ethiopia, they are referred to as Tegaru. Tegaru-Tigrinyas of Muslim faith are commonly referred to as Jeberti. The Penny Cyclopaedia uses the name Tigré or Tigrie (ትግሬ) to identify the people who live to the north and south of Mareb River, and it places Bejas or Bojas as the people who live north of Tigré, Danakil and Oromos to the east and south, while Amharas live to the southwest of Tigré.[10][11][12] This encyclopedia was published in 1833 i.e. before the arrival of Italians in the Horn of Africa, and was compiled from westerners who traveled in this region like James Bruce and Henry Salt (Egyptologist) who wrote the book titled A voyage to Abyssinia in 1814.[13]


Main article: Habesha people
Tigrayan leader Ras Mangasha.

The Tigrinyas are descendants of early Semitic-speaking peoples whose presence in the region dates back to at least 2000 BC, based on linguistic evidence (and known from the 9th century BC from inscriptions).[14] According to Ethiopian traditions, the Tigrayan nobility; i.e. that of the Tigray province of Ethiopia, trace their ancestry to the legendary king Menelik I, the child born of the queen of Sheba and King Solomon as do the priests of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church (Ge'ez ካህን kāhin). Menelik I would become the first king of the Solomonic line of rulers of Ethiopia that ended only with the deposing of Emperor Haile Selassie in 1974.

The first possible mention of the group dates from around the 8th to 10th centuries, in which period manuscripts preserving the inscriptions of Cosmas Indicopleustes (fl. 6th century) contain notes on his writings including the mention of a tribe called Tigretes.[15]

A Portuguese Map in the 1660 shows Medri Bahri consisting of the three highland provinces of Eritrea and distinct from Ethiopia.[16]

The Scottish traveler James Bruce reported in 1770 that Medri Bahri was a distinct political entity from Abyssinia, noting that the two territories were frequently in conflict. The Bahre-Nagassi ("Kings of the Sea") alternately fought with or against the Abyssinians and the neighbouring Muslim Adal Sultanate depending on the geopolitical circumstances. Medri Bahri was thus part of the Christian resistance against Imam Ahmad ibn Ibrahim al-Ghazi of Adal's forces, but later joined the Adalite states and the Ottoman Empire front against Abyssinia in 1572. That 16th century also marked the arrival of the Ottomans, who began making inroads in the Red Sea area.[17][18]

By the beginning of the 19th century Henry Salt (Egyptologist), who travelled in the interior of Abyssinia, divided the nation into three distinct and independent states.[13][19] These three great divisions are Tigré, Amhara, and the province of Shoa.[19] Henry considers Tigré as the more powerful state of the three; a circumstance arising from the natural strength of the country, the warlike disposition of its inhabitants, and its vicinity to the sea coast; an advantage that has secured to it the monopoly of all the musquets imported into the country.[20] He divided the Tigré kingdom into several provinces as the centre where it was considered the seat of the state being referred as Tigré proper. Provinces of this kingdom includes Enderta, Agame, Wojjerat, Temben, Shiré and Baharanegash.[20] Hamasien, a district of Baharanegash, is the furthest north and narrowest part of Tigré, and Henry places Bejas or Bojas as the people who leave north of Tigré state.[11][12] By the time Henry made his travel to Abyssinia the seat of the empire, Gondar, was ruled by the Yejju dynasty under Ras Gugsa who ruled from 1798 up to 1825 as Enderase to the powerless emperors with Solomonic dynasty.[21][22]

Ethiopian Tigrayans[edit]

Tigrayan noble Ras Alula.

Ethiopian Tigrayans are from the province (or ethnic kilil) of Tigray in Ethiopia. They constitute approximately 6.1% of the population of Ethiopia and about 96% of the Northern region of Tigray. Like the Biher-Tigrinya of Eritrea, they are also largely small holding farmers largely inhabiting small communal villages. They are also largely Christian and members of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church (approximately 96%), with a small minority of Muslims, Catholics and Protestants.

The predominantly Tigrayan populated urban centers in Ethiopia are found within the Tigray Region in towns including Mek'ele, Adwa, Axum, Adigrat and Shire. Large populations of Tigrayans are also found in other large Ethiopian cities such as the capital Addis Ababa and Gondar.

Eritrean Biher-Tigrinya[edit]

The Biher-Tigrinya people, also known as the "kebessa" people are an ethnic group in Eritrea and are collectively referred to as the Biher-Tigrinya, roughly meaning "Tigrinya nation". Most of them live in rural areas in the highland administrative regions of Maekel (Central), Debub (Southern), the eastern fringes of Anseba and Gash Barka regions as well as the western fringes of Semenawi Keyih Bahri (Northern Red Sea). They are small holding farmers largely inhabiting small communal villages. Most Biher-Tigrinya are Christians and members of the Eritrean Orthodox Tewahedo Church with small minorities of Catholics and Protestants.

The Jeberti Tigrinya speakers migrated to Eritrea in the late 1890s and claim their origins in early Muslim migrants from the Arabian Peninsula to Tigray, Ethiopia. The term Jeberti in Eritrea applies to a Tigrinya speaker who professes the Islamic faith, and native of the land.[23]

The predominantly Biher-Tigrinya populated urban centers in Eritrea are the capital Asmara, as well as Mendefera, Dekemhare, Segeneiti, Adi Keyh, Adi Quala and Senafe. There is also a significant population of Biher-Tigrinya in other cities, including Keren and Massawa.


The Biher-Tigrinya of Eritrea and the Tigray Ethnic group of Ethiopia speak the Tigrinya language as a mother tongue which belongs to the Ethiopian Semitic sub-group of the Afro-Asiatic family.[24] Tigrinya is descended from an ancient Semitic language called Ge'ez, which the modern Ethiopian and Eritrean Orthodox Churches officially use as a liturgical language. The Tigrinya language is the direct descendant of Ge'ez, unlike Amharic (thought to be descended from a specific dialect or cluster of dialects of Ge'ez) and other southern Ethiopian Semitic languages, though Tigre may share this distinction with Tigrinya (its status is uncertain).

Tigrinya is closely related to the Tigre language, another Afro-Asiatic language spoken by the Tigre people as well as many Beja. Tigrinya and Tigre although close are not mutually intelligible, and while Tigrinya has traditionally been written using the same Ge'ez script (fidel) as Amharic, Tigre has been transcribed mainly using the Arabic script. Attempts by the Eritrean government to have Tigre written using the Ge'ez script has met with some resistance from the predominantly Muslim Tigre people who associate Ge'ez with the Orthodox Church and would prefer the Arabic or the more neutral Latin alphabet. It has also met with the linguistic difficulty of the Ge'ez script being a syllabic system which does not distinguish long vowels from short ones. While this works well for writing Tigrinya or Amharic, which do not rely on vowel length in words, it does complicate writing Tigre, where vowel length sometimes distinguishes one word and its meaning from another. The Ge'ez script evolved from the Epigraphic South Arabian script, whose first inscriptions are from the 8th century BC in Eritrea, Ethiopia and Yemen.

In Ethiopia, Tigrinya is the third most spoken language. The Tigray constitute the fourth largest ethnic group in the country after the Oromo, Amhara and Somali, who also speak Afro-Asiatic languages.[25] In Eritrea, Tigrinya is by far the most spoken language, where it is used by around 55% of the population. Tigre is used by around 30% of residents.

Although both Tigrayans and Tigrinyas speak Tigrinya, there do exist two dialects which are called the Asmara dialect (Tigrinya) and the Tigray dialect (Tigrayan).[26][27]

Political situation[edit]

Tigrayan politician Meles Zenawi, the former Prime Minster of Ethiopia.

The Eritrean people, including the Tigrinya speakers, mounted a revolt against the status of Eritrea as a province in 1962, which culminated in the defeat of the Derg regime in 1991 and Eritrea's subsequent independence by referendum in 1993. Most Tigrinya-speaking Eritreans joined the independence struggle later on as they were initially loyal to the Ethiopian Crown due to their land-owning aristocratic privileges, being members of the Unionist Party, and the Ethiopian government's overall favoritism towards them as a result of the religious commonalities between them, as opposed to the nomadic Muslim lowlanders who started the independence movement. During the time of the Derg in the 1970s, various movements arose in Tigray and throughout Ethiopia against its persecution. One of these, the Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF), formed in the mid 1970s, grew disgruntled with the Derg and was the driving force that deposed of it at the end of the Ethiopian Civil War. The leader of the TPLF, the late Prime Minister of Ethiopia Meles Zenawi and his Eritrean counterpart, the leader of the EPLF, President of Eritrea Isaias Afwerki, were the two main proponents that conspired on the separation of Eritrea from Ethiopia at the conclusion of the 17-year-long struggle. The TPLF became the helm of the EPRDF, as it was created under its guidance, and today, dominated by the TPLF. The TPLF under the guise as the EPRDF is currently the dominant political party in Ethiopia. The EPLF became the helm of the PFDJ in Eritrea and today is Eritrea's sole legal political party.


A Tigray bride in traditional wedding garment.

A rural way of life pervades, with the Orthodox Church as a central part of the culture for the large majority. The church buildings are constructed on hills. Major celebrations during the year are held around the church, where people gather from villages all around to sing, play games, and observe the unique mass of the church, which includes a procession through the church grounds and environs.

Coffee is a very important ceremonial drink. The "coffee ceremony" is common to the Tigrians and the Amhara. Beans are roasted on the spot, ground and served thick and rich in tiny ceramic cups with no handles. When the beans are roasted to smoking, they are passed around the table, where the smoke becomes a blessing on the diners.

The highlands receive most of their rainfall during the summer months, much of which goes into tributaries of the Nile, 85% of whose water comes from Ethiopia. The soil has been depleted by many centuries of cultivation, and water is scarce. Using thousand year old methods, farmers plow their fields with oxen, sow seeds and harvest by hand. The harvest is threshed by the feet of animals. In the home, women use wood or the dried dung of farm animals for cooking. Women often work from 12 to 16 hours daily doing domestic duties in addition to cultivating the fields.

Each family—some with eight or more children—must provide all of its own food. Typically, women perform all work necessary to prepare the meals from grinding the grain to roasting the coffee beans. Children carry water in clay pots or jerry cans on their backs. Marriages are monogamous and arranged by contract, involving a dowry given by the bride's family to the couple. The new couple spends some time in each family's household, before establishing their own home at a location of their choice. Inheritance follows both family lines. Inheritance is determined following a funeral commemoration a year after the death, which may consume most of the deceased's estate.

The country houses are built mostly from rock, dirt, and a few timber poles. The houses blend in easily with the natural surroundings. For many families, the nearest water source is more than a kilometer away from their house. In addition, they must search for fire fuel throughout the surrounding area.

The Tigrayans have a rich heritage of music and dance, using drums and stringed instruments tuned to a pentatonic scale. Arts and crafts and secular music are performed by mostly pariah artisan castes. Sacred music and iconic art is performed by monastically trained men.


In Ethiopia, the Tigray Region is 96% Ethiopian Orthodox, 3.4% Muslim, and the remaining 0.4% are mostly Catholic and Protestant.[7] In Eritrea, the Jeberti are Muslim and account for about 5% of the Tigrinya people there. The remaining 93.6% are Christians, so divided: of the Eritrean Orthodox faith, 1.4% Roman Catholic and Eastern Catholic (whose mass is held in Ge'ez as opposed to Latin), and the remaining belong to various Protestant and other Christian denominations, the majority of which belong to the (Lutheran) Evangelical Church of Eritrea. These are the government registered (allowed) religions of Eritrea. Meanwhile there are those who profess faith to smaller Evangelical denominations whose rights to worship are currently suspended by the Eritrean government, such as the Pentecostals and Seventh Day Adventists, as well as non Christian denominations such as Jehovah's Witnesses and the Bahá'í.

The Ethiopian and Eritrean Orthodox Churches trace their roots back to the Axumite Church founded in the 4th century by Syrian monks. Historically, the Ethiopian and Eritrean churches have had strong ties with the Egyptian Coptic church, where the Egyptian Church appointed the Abuna (archbishop) for the Ethiopian Church (which then incorporated Eritrea) until 1959. The Ethiopian Church gained independence from the Coptic church in 1948 and began anointing its own pope. The Eritrean Orthodox church split from the Ethiopian Orthodox in 1993 and reverted to having its pope in the Coptic Church of Alexandria, Egypt.

Over 10 million Tigrayans are Oriental Orthodox, with one priest for every 92 members—the highest concentration in Ethiopia. The remainder are Muslims. There are many Muslims in Tigray Province, but they generally belong to other ethnic groups than the Tigrayans. The Tigrayans are reported to have fewer than 500 Evangelicals, but there are more Evangelicals among the Tigrayans in Eritrea.

The faith of the church is very intimately woven into the culture of the Christian members of the Tigrinya people and is central to their way of life. In the Ethiopian and Eritrean Orthodox and Catholic churches, Mary is considered a saint, and the Ark of the Covenant (tabot) features prominently in the Orthodox Church. Moreover, the Ge'ez bible preserves many texts considered apocryphal by Catholics, Orthodox, and Protestants, such as 1 Enoch, which has only been preserved in Ge'ez.

Church services are conducted in Ge'ez, the ancient language of Ethiopia and Eritrea, just as Latin once was in the Roman Catholic Church, and continues to be the liturgical language.

The Eastern Catholic Church in Eritrea was established in the 16th century by Portuguese and Spanish missionaries who had come to help the Christian Abyssinians fight off a Turkish invasion. Centered in the former Akele Guzai province (the eastern part of the Eritrean highlands) the churches maintained most of the liturgy of the already existing Orthodox Church, including Ge'ez as the liturgical language, with minor differences there-among sharing communion with, and submitting to the authority of the Vatican Pope as opposed to the Pope in Axum.

Roman Catholicism arrived in Eritrea with the advent of Italian colonialism and almost coincided with the arrival of Swedish missionaries who brought Lutheran Christianity to Eritrea at the end of the 19th century. The relationship between these two religions was especially tense as the Roman Catholic Italians resisted and discouraged the spread of Protestantism in their colony and even lay prohibitions and numerous constraints on the activities of the Swedish missionaries. The Roman Catholic Church as an instrument of the colonial authority has held mass in Latin and Italian since its inception, incorporating local languages in its missionary work throughout Eritrea. It initially sought to cater to Italian citizens as well as foster an elite of Eritreans into becoming good Italian subjects. Today the church is a distinctly Eritrean church, although masses continue to be held in Italian and Latin along with local languages there-among Tigrinya and it also caters to the very small Italian and Italo-Eritrean community mainly in Asmara. The Lutheran Church of Eritrea and its Swedish and Eritrean missionaries were the ones who translated the Bible from the dead Ge'ez language only understood by higher clergymen, into the Tigrinya and other local languages and their main goal was to reach and "enlighten" as many people as possible in the world through education. They were instrumental in raising the literacy rate of their community.


Though Christianity in Africa was largely a European import that arrived with colonialism, this is not the case with the Tigrinya people. The ancient Kingdom of Axum that was centered in what is now northern Ethiopia (or Tigray) and Hamasien, Serae and Akeleguzay(Central Eritrea) had intimate connections with the Mediterranean world in which Christianity grew. Christianity arrived in the Horn of Africa in the 4th century, growing dynamically in the pre-existing Jewish/Waaq adherent environment. Many Tigrinya thus adopted Christianity centuries before most populations in Europe, thereby establishing one of the oldest state churches in the world.


Early in the history of Islam, the Prophet Mohammed's companions found sanctuary in the Kingdom of Axum at the behest of the Axumite King. While some of the Prophet's companions returned to the Arabian Peninsula, others settled permanently in the Horn. The descendants of these early Muslim migrants and those who converted to Islam during the period became known as Tigre. One of their oldest settlements is said to be Negash, in the northern Tigray Region of Ethiopia. The Sahaba Mosque in the Eritrean port city of Massawa is also believed to have been built during the 7th century.

Notable Ethiopian Tigrayan people[edit]

Notable Eritrean Biher-Tigrinya people[edit]

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