The Life and Struggles of Our Mother Walatta Petros

Book Release
October 21, 2015 6:00 PM
Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau Street
Book Release
October 21, 2015 6:00 PM
Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau Street
Professor Wendy Laura Belcher speaks to Professor Judith Weisenfeld about her new book, and its provocations
Presenters:
Wendy Laura Belcher and Judith Weisenfeld

Wendy Belcher’s translation provides an exceedingly rare and valuable picture of the experiences and thoughts of Africans, especially women, before the modern era. It is also an extraordinary account of a remarkable life–full of vivid dialogue, heartbreak, and triumph. The Life and Struggles of Our Mother Walatta Petros (1672) tells the story of an Ethiopian saint who led a successful nonviolent movement to preserve African Christian beliefs in the face of European protocolonialism. When the Jesuits tried to convert the Ethiopians from their ancient form of Christianity, Walatta Petros (1592-1642), a noblewoman and the wife of one of the emperor’s counselors, risked her life by leaving her husband, who supported the conversion effort, and leading the struggle against the Jesuits. After her death, her disciples wrote this book, praising her as a friend of women, a devoted reader, a skilled preacher, and a radical leader.

One of the earliest stories of African resistance to European influence, this biography also provides a picture of domestic life, including Walatta Petros’s life-long relationship with a female companion.

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