gurey25 wrote:those are some awesome pics......
i love eritreans.......
voltage my understanding is that cultural diffusion happens often.
ertirea is on the coast and used to be the centre of trade, this is why i believe the indian influence and arab is normal,
and allot of it is also indeginous.
the beja and bani amer are the most arabized while the afar are not that arabized.
Gurey25, I read a few of your post, that's why I had your name on the title before I edited it. You seem like a very intelligent guy who's a fan of history.
The Beni-Amir (sons of amir) are largely Tigre but both Beja and Tigrinya fuzzed with them. The government of Eritrea recognizes them today as simply Tigre, since all of them speak Tigre as a first language.
Tigre [Beni-Amir included) converted to Islam from the 1800-1850s. The Tigre were once one of the first Christians in Africa.
The Tigrinya, Tigre and Bejas in Eritrea call the Belew their forefathers. Ironically, as much as Eritreans don't claim arabs [exception of the Rashaidas, who are Arabs] as their forefathers, the Belew were Christian Arabs, who adopted and who assimilated with Tigre, Bejas and Tigrinya, once the Aksumite empire came to an end and Eritrea was under the Beja Kingdoms. So again, you are right, diffusion seems to have taken place with the Belews and the original inhabitants.
I want somalis to start posting traditional clothing-pictures of Somalis...I will post it on Eritrean forums and teach them a thing or two.