A debtera (or dabtara; Ge`ezTigrinyaAmharic: ደብተራ ; plural, Ge`ezTigrinya: debterat, Amharic: debtrawoch ) is an itinerant religious figure among the Beta Israel and in the Ethiopian and Eritrean Orthodox Tewahedo Churches, who sings hymns and dances for churchgoers, and who performs exorcisms and white magic to aid the congregation. ...
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(from the article `Ethiopian chant`) a chanter named Yared, who composed the entire body of hymns (since revised) that is found in the six books of chants. The first known ... The clergy is composed of priests and deacons, who conduct the religious services, and debtera, who, though not ordained, perform the music and dance ... ...
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