The Princeton Project on the Ethiopian Miracles of the Virgin Mary (PEMM): An International Research Collaboration

Wendy Laura Belcher (Comparative Literature; African American Studies)

2018-19 to 2021-22

This multi-year project creates a comprehensive catalogue, clavis, edition, and database of the over 700 folktales of the Ethiopian Marian miracles, written from the 1300s through the 1900s in the ancient African language of Gəˁəz. Firestone Library holds the largest collection in the Americas of parchments containing these folktales and is digitizing and posting them online. In anticipation of a surge in global interest, this project creates better data about the manuscripts. This project was also supported by the Center for Digital Humanities, and the translation of a core text was supported by a grant from the Office of the Dean for Research. Supported by a Humanities Council David A. Gardner ’69 Magic Grant for Innovation

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