Abba Aragawi Za-Mikae'el of the Nine
One of the "Nine Saints" who revived the Ethiopian Church,
Aragawi is supposed to have been a Pachomian monk, in fact a
personal disciple of St. Pachomius, and helped spread Pachomian
monasticism into East Africa. He reportedly came to Ethiopia in
the reign of Ella-Ameda II, Emperor of Axum. (This chronology
however is difficult to reconcile with the usual claim that the Nine
were "refugees" persecuted for opposing Chalcedon, as it puts them in
Ethiopia long before the Council took place.)
Abba Aragawi is best known for a story connected with the founding of
Dabra Damo monastery: a boa constrictor is supposed to have offered
to tow the saint to the top of the cliff where the hermitage
was to be located. Aragawi was initially
afraid to accept this proposal but finally agreed, and the snake --
having become a vegetarian -- dwelt peacefully with him for the remainder
of its life.
Norman Hugh Redington
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