Just like in other countries where there are different faith and belief but the same God, so there is also different faith, beliefs and religions in Ethiopia. Ethiopians have the Ethiopian Orthodox, Islamic religion, Pentray religion, traditional religion and the Roman Catholics but most of the Ethiopians practice Christianity. The Jewish people dwelt in the Ethiopians previously, some remaining small Jewish town practice the Bahaii faith kind of religion. The traditional believers of the religion live mostly in the South West region of the country.
Ethiopians were one of the first if not the first countries to adapt Christianity as a religion in the early century but they were as well the only part of Africa or rather, a country in Africa to surpass the growth of Islamic religion as a State where Christianity resides. Let’s take a look at some religions and beliefs which are practised by the Ethiopians.
- The Abrahamic Religion: The Abrahamic religion includes Christianity, Islamic and then the traditional religions. Up to 43.5% of the population in Ethiopia practice Christianity while 33.9% of the population practice Islamic mode of religion. 2.6% of the population follow traditional religion which includes the Bahaii and Judaism. Rastafari religion movement has its spiritual homeland located in Ethiopia.
- Christianity: The Ethiopian Orthodox Church is the biggest Christian denomination in Ethiopia. Ethiopia is one of the countries in the world that is the oldest in terms of Christianity. Orthodox church in Ethiopia were mostly the Tigrians and the Amharans.
- Islam: Muslims can be situated in every Community. But they occupy the cities of Somali, Afar and Oromia’s region. The capital city of Addis Ababa housed hundreds of thousands of Muslims. Like 60% of the Ethiopians are Sunni Muslims like 2% are Quarrantist while others like the 23% are non-denominational Muslims.
- Judaism: Judaisms are religious practices and beliefs practised by the Jews. After antiquity the Jews that dwelt in Ethiopia. Beta Israel of about 150000 populations in the Ethiopian Jewish population. Beta Israel Community that inhabited in Ethiopia were given the name palash mura was given to them when the converted into Christianity as a result of the consequence of the proselytization which occurred in the 19th-20th century but has also gone back to the old religion of Judaism.
- Bahaii Faith: the biggest Bahaii society is found in the capital city of Ethiopia which is Addis Ababa, a large number of a community such as Oromia, Zway, Mekele and some south cities have joined in the Bahaii belief and faith. But out of all the above-mentioned religion, Christianity is the most practised religion in Ethiopia.