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Habesha
Ge'ez: ሐበሠተ, romanized: Ḥäbäśät
Amharic: ሐበሻ, romanized: Häbäša
Tigrinya: ሓበሻ, romanized: Ḥabäša
Total population
c.40+ million[1]
Regions with significant populations
Habesha peoples Ethiopia37,500,000[2]
Habesha peoples Eritrea2,500,000[3]
Languages
Ethiopian Semitic languages
Religion
Predominately:
Oriental Orthodox Christianity
Minorities:
Sunni Islam, Protestant Christianity (P'ent'ay) and Judaism (Beta Israel)

Habesha peoples (Ge'ez: ሐበሠተ; Amharic: ሐበሻ; Tigrinya: ሓበሻ; commonly used exonym: Abyssinians) is an ethnic or pan-ethnic identifier that has been historically employed to refer to Semitic-speaking and predominantly Oriental Orthodox Christian peoples found in the highlands of Ethiopia and Eritrea between Asmara and Addis Ababa (i.e. the modern-day Amhara, Tigrayan, Tigrinya peoples) and this usage remains common today. The term is also used in varying degrees of inclusion and exclusion of other groups.

  1. ^ "People Cluster:Ethio-Semitic". Joshua Project. Retrieved 20 April 2023.
  2. ^ "Ethiopia". Joshua Project. Retrieved 20 April 2023.
  3. ^ "Eritrea". Joshua Project. Retrieved 20 April 2023.

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