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Sadacha Macca
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Oromo and Somali lands weren't demarcated in the 1900s either....

Post by Sadacha Macca » 28 Dec 2017, 22:57

Interesting quote

''As a geographical term Galla/Oromo-land is now used mainly to denote the south-central regions of the Abyssinian empire, the country in which the Galla/Oromo are numerically strongest. There is no sharp dividing line between the territory occupied respectively by the Galla/Oromo and by the Somalis.

In any case the Galla/Oromos must be regarded as members of that vast eastern Hamitic family which includes their neighbors, the Somalis, the Afars and the Abyssinian's. As in all the eastern Hamites, there is a perceptible strain of Negro blood in the Galla/Oromo, who are, however, described by Sir Frederick Lugard as a ''wonderfully handsome race, with high foreheads, brown skins, and soft wavy hair quite different from the wool of the Bantus.'' As a rule their features are quite European. Their color is dark brown, but many of the northern gallas/oromos are of a coffee and milk tint. The finest men are to be found among the Limmu and Gudru on the river Abay..''

[The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and General Information (11th edition)
edited by Hugh Chisholm, published in 1910/or 1911, pages 413-414]