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Secrets of the Hieroglyphs revealed in Tigrigna and Amarigna

New book reveals the dual languages of the hieroglyphs

Until now, it has not been possible to accurately speak the language written in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs. What we have known up to now about the meanings, spellings, and pronunciations of the ancient words have merely been estimates, arrived through the best attempts of 19th and 20th century Egyptologists.

But now, with the release of the new book, “Amarigna & Tigrigna Qal Hieroglyphs for Beginners,” we can learn how to accurately read, understand, and speak the language most often regarded as the world’s first written language, the way they spoke it 5100 years ago. And for the over 30 million Amarigna and Tigrigna speakers worldwide, it is just a matter of learning to read hieroglyphs.

“Amarigna & Tigrigna Qal Hieroglyphs for Beginners” was written after 20 years of meticulous research, attempting to match the ancient Egyptian words to various languages around the world. Unexpectedly, as it turns out, the hieroglyphs record not one but two related languages, Amarigna and Tigrigna, still spoken in today’s Ethiopia and Eritrea. The reason for this, as the book explains in the brief introduction, the founders of ancient Egypt were from today’s neighboring regions of Ethiopia and Eritrea.

The words of Amarigna and Tigrigna match those of the hieroglyphs precisely, letter-for-letter, even long, complicated spellings and phrases. And “Amarigna & Tigrigna Qal Hieroglyphs for Beginners” reveals the ancient name of Egypt, as “Gebts” (“Egypt” is the Greek equivalent of “Gebts”).

“If his discovery is real, it is phenomenal and revolutionary,” states Fikre Tolossa, Ph.D. Literature and Ethiopian poet/playwright, in the book’s preface. “Its impact on the study of hieroglyphs, Amharic and Tigrigna languages, as well as on the history of Egypt, Ethiopia, and Eritrea, is tremendous. Even the skeptics will have to examine it before they decide to reject or accept it.”

“If I were an Egyptologist (or even an Ethiopist),” Dr. Tolossa goes on to state in the preface of the book, “I would grab this book immediately and read it frantically. I would also be prompted to study right away Ethiopian and Eritrean languages, such as Amharic and Tigrigna, to delve into the world Mr. Legesse Allyn asserts his research has uncovered.”

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17 thoughts on “Secrets of the Hieroglyphs revealed in Tigrigna and Amarigna

  1. Amarigna and Tigrigna? H…mmmm.
    Whatever happened to Geez the source of both languages?
    Wouldn’t it have been better to compare those writings to Geez, the ancient language?
    As for me during those days, neither Amharigna, Tigreegna nor Geez existed. This also means that there were no Amharic, Tigrigna or Geez speaking people on earth.Had they been around we would have seen ‘the world’s oldest written language, displayed on Axum obelisks and not on TPLF Hawlti.

  2. All languages are evolving. How come only these two languages
    manage to be static? The Axum kingdom, born about 400BC used different language which is not deciphered yet. To be accepted, the these has at least start with proto-semitic language.

    If it is an other attempt to steal others culture like ‘ the covenant tablet’ , this generation is way smarter and bright.

    Still, will buy and read the book

  3. Deru:

    I would suggest you take a look at the Egytpologist discussion on this matter at the website. If you rely on mainstream Western historians, there are a lot of history and Egyptology PhD’s there analyzing this.

    The Egyptologist discussion thread is linked from the book page at

  4. Deru, it is not about having these exact languages , amharic, tigrinja or ge’ez in use in those days. We’re talking about traces hidden in words here and there, which may or may not have common ancestry. I have always wondered about pharonic Egypt and ancient Ethiopia either having a common background or being one and the same. There are words that stick out, which have the same meaning in both languages:

    Meriet, Mot, Ma’at, Ba’al, Ftah and the like, all meaning the same thing in both languages. These were various pharonic gods, which mean the same thing in our language
    Meriet = Godess of meriet
    Mot = God of death
    Ma’at= The god who punishes the unjust (Ma’at endatametabin)
    Ba’al= God of festivity (amet Ba’al)

    So I say it is worth investigating

  5. A very good observation from Deru. If this had been a proper research it wuould talk about Geez as it should be closer to the Egyptian language than the two mentioned.There are enough evidences to study the eveolution of Geez and there is no direct link to hieroglyphs. We always like to say we are the orgin of everything in the world.

  6. 2 Points:
    1.We now know who ‘the promoter’ of the ‘dictionary’is. DR.Fikré Tolosa. Who is the author?
    2. As far as I know( open to rebuttal)the Egyption writing(language) which we are taking about here is ‘dead'( for all intent and purposes) well before these languages now purported to hold the clew, viz, Amharic and Tigrigna were ‘born’. At least in the present format.
    Just in need of clarity and clarification

  7. In recent discussions I remember Dr. Fikre’s approach on the development of Amharic to be during the Zagwe dynasty. now he hiself is taking us into the remote past. Can he give us more explanation?


    Church scholars can tell you that the current Egypt, the sudan and current Ethiopia were the same. All our history is in churches and nobody is interested to look for it. We are always keen to absorve all elian staff than studying ours. There are a lot of oral tradition about anciant Ethiopia and the presence of pyramids in our country. Much has been buried intentionally and the destruction is still continuing primarly because we are still in comatous state for centuries.


  9. I didn’t get the point of the article quite clearly, but
    the fact that we are related to Egypt is attested and articulated by the bible.
    According to ethiopian orthodox church teaching and even many bible commenteries we are from seba (sheba is a grand son of cush not through seba), first born of cush, cush being first born of ham.
    Egypt is also son on ham, second born, 3rd and 4th being punt (possibly somalia) and cannan (last born but very prominent in biblical story, they were sea faring merchant people.
    Speaking of Geez alphabet, their is a stricking similarity with cannaninite writing as well. Both seba and sheba were relate to cannainite by trade and gods they woreship.
    Fertility gods or the cananite god bal (souns as in the bible -bal hasband).
    Something i heard, the axum oblisk, its shape is like that of an erected male sex organ- is it not worship of fertility?

  10. Dear Ato Deru, Dibaba and Hama:

    The three of you raised a good question concerning Amharic and Geez and Axum. I am very bussy writing books. However, out of respect for you, my fellow Ethiopians I want to share something in reference to the points you have raised. Please permit me to drop a line or two of history:

    For the most part Egyptian Pharaos were either directly Ethiopians or representatives of Ethiopian Emperors in Egypt. The present day Egyptians at least admit that the was a whole dynasty of Ethiopoian Pharoes who ruled Egypt. Plase google about Ethiopian pharoes and Candaces who ruled Egypt and you will see some of them. Leaveing the male Pharoes aside, according to our documents, there were
    at least 13 female queens (cndaces, Hindeke I have their names documented) who ruled Egypt. Queen Mulibiya and her three daughters and granddaughters who were not only all queens ruling Egypt, Sudan, Nubia and Libya, but they were also worshiped as godesses by the Egyptians because of their beauty and wisdom. One of them was given the title, “The Queen of Heaven” when she was worshiped.

    I will say a word only about Pharoe Ramsus (Ramisu) whose given name was Axumite. He was the great grandson of Emperor Menelik I. His father, Emperor Zegdur, crowned him as the Pharoe of Egypt age 6 or 7 accompanied by about 350, 000 Amara soldiers to protect his throne and kingdom. His mother Sadonia (today’s Sudan bears her name, it is a derivative of her name)served as his representative (mogzit) until he came of age to rule by himself. The Amara with him dominated the kingdom with their language and civilization. They even had cities and places after their name such as “Amarna ina Delta”, a city in which Jesus Chirst, Mary and Joseph found refuge under the Ethiopian King Amanatu Tetnai. This way they left their impression on Egypt. Axumite and a few of his court members spoke Geez, but their number compared with the Amara was insignificant. Moreover, in the same manner as King Lalaibela made Amharic the official language of Ethiopia because of the Amara soldiers who put him on the throne around the 11nth Century A.D. Axumite allowed Amharic to florish in Egypt.

    Axumite’s father got murdered in Ethiopia, and he was called back to be Emperor of Ethiopia and the Ethiopian Empire from North Africa to Arabia, even not to mention other countries in Asia. Upon his return to Ethiopia about 2800 years ago, he built Axum. The city bears his name up to our day. Prior to this, Menelike I, son of King Solomon and Queen Sheba had brought with him from Israel 40,000 Israelites, 12,000 of whom were of the tribe of Levi and Judah. The remaining 28,000 were Jebusites and Amorites from Gaza who spoke Geez. Ethiopian tribes fought the “Kilis boy” who brought with him foreigners. He and Sheba defeated them with the help of those soldiers and artisans from Gaza. Therefore, he changed the name Ethiopian to “The Land of the Agazi (Gazians), the language of Ethiopia which was Suba, into Geez, and thre rulers Agazi, meaning “liberator”, for helping him to the war. Thus Geez was imposed upon Ethiopians. This was about 2950 years ago.

    When Menilik was born in Ethiopia, the Amara, bearing his father, King Solomon in mind, they called him “Min Yilik (abatih bi ayih, what would your father say if he saw you). As such, the Amharic word “men yilik” is an important evidence that Amharic was spoken prior to Geez, which was introduced to Ethiopia after Menelik grew up and went to Israeil coming with the Agazi who spoke Geez.

    I hope the above explains the questions you people raised. Ato Hama (by the way what is your real name?) said something scarastically mentioning my name, but I won’t dwel in it. What matters is the fact, the historical fat.

    I wrote the preface of Mr. Legesse dictionary so that people can chek it out. However, it is he who claims (after conductin many years of research) that Amarigna and Tigrigna have something to do with the hieroglyphs. It is not me.

    I just came home from work and wrote this note at one stroke and breath. Since I am tired, I wouldn’t even correct it. I have no time for further response. Whoever is intested in ancient Ethiopian and Egyptian history can read for himself as there are many books on it. The easy way to start is the inter net.

    Bye friends.

    Fikre Tolossa

  11. “Even the skeptics will have to examine it before they decide to reject or accept it.” – says the good prof. So read before you even place your fingers on the keyboard to argue. It is sad that our culture does not allow us to invest in reading and analyzing habits.

  12. Wishfull thinking by ethiopians but sorry this history deosnt belong to you for few reasons:

    1/amhara language was created in late 1200’s with a mixture of agaw and geez,so the word amhara didnt exist pre 1200ad.

    2/tigrigna was modified and created by the belew kelew beja who ocupied eritrean highland in the 8th century and spoke the geez language as they were known to be part of the “agazian nation” (tigrigna is a mixture of geez/tigre,few afars words and badawi)which included the habab tigre,bani amer tigre,few saho clans,the halenga,the ka-besa tigrigna who are some direct desandants especially in the clan shape up in hamaseen,seraye and akele gezai while the original agazians before that name was labelled stuck with thier native tongue “the hidareb bani amer” they moved to eritrea only 1000 years ago from yemen and were known as the al hidareb but considered to be probarly the most purest beja/canaanites and how the agazians looked like and spoke before they adopted the semitic tongue (thats why in eritrea they are considered in a way to be the tigre/tigrigna walking and talking sphinx.

    3/geez and hylographics are related due to the long alliance between the tigre/agazian people and the ancient egyptions starting with the annexation of babel with the help of ancient egyptions around 1500bc (thats where the TA XASA people as known were given the name tigre and river tigris was named after them for the brave fighetrs they were)

    in 700bc they were the front fighters in freeing juraslem from the assyrians again together with the ancient egyptions but this time the tigretes as they were known were considered a subtribe of the canaanites (sumerians together with the beja and phoncians) but with a semitic tongue who they adopted in babel.the only problem was geez at that time was a linguistic not wriiten by modifying in primary the merotic scriptures from their cousins across the red sea (24 letters)and adding 4 letters from sabeans they created the FIDAL-LITA which is at work today…during the alliance with ancient egypt the canaanites were said to be the closest people to the myzrami’s in beliefs,origin and culture (which we see today with the beja as they holded their language and culture most scholars study badawi to understand ancient egyption history and in 1999 the egyption goverment labelled the bisharin and ababda beja to be the closest things to ancient egyptions claiming either they are the direct desandants or the closest kins).

    when the semitic people pushed for land from syria the tigretes people moved more south to todays yemen who was occupied by various semitic and hamitic tribes while they settled they were given the name ageezai or the “nomads” in xasa language (tigre/geez) then they spreaded across the red sea in todays eritrea and south east of sudan between 1000bc-2000bc.the kunama and nilo tibes recorded the new migartion of the geez tribes as a new wave of hamitic arrival but this time unlike the previous migarnts (afar or adals in ancient labelling) they came with a new funny language from the others.the aga3ez is known very well in arabic history and many books is written about them even the prophet of islam mohamed is said to speak alot of words one of them was the word “asena” in tigre or tigrigna (im not sure if its in amharic) which is a word to praise or to say beautiful a multi meaning word.

    the person who said about egypt been an ethiopian colony wake up and dont fool the people the ancient ityopian are clearly the nobate people with their capital itypoia which you can still go and visit today,they were of noba people not to be misatken with the nubians..last time i checked the agaw in todays ethiopia and noba re completely diffrent shame to claim other people history,if you meant to say the current ethiopian lived in north sudan thats another story but unlikely since there is no such evidence the agaw or ormo at any of their history lived over the 4th cataract.
    in ethiopia today many speak a geez/tigre language but if you look in the ancestory no one could be traced to an agazian lineage only in eritrea especailly the habab mensai tribe and the bani amer and many families from hamaseen,but few families in northern tigray have shown a lineage to one of the agazian lineages these probarly migrated in the 1500’s or 1600’s from eritrea or intermarried,most amhara can trace their lineage to the al habshat tribe in yemen as a large influx moved into the ethiopian highland between 500bc and 1000bc.

    one thing i have to say for ethiopians just be proud of who you are dont be looking at twisting things to claim other people especially ancient egyptions they are just dust and empty temples you are still alive.

  13. It is so interesting how some people are so quick to deny something I say about ancient Gebts, without ever having read a single solitary hieroglyph for themselves… not a single hieroglyph.

    It is not my research that should be questioned first. First go question those who gave you the information, or mis-information, you are so happy to quote.

    Then learn to read hieroglyphs for yourself to see what it says, after which you can intelligently deny my research — if you insist on doing so.

    But obviously its easier to be lazy than to do some meaningful work. As Tezibt so intelligently posted above, “First read the book analytically and comment on it.”

    Thanks, Tezibit.


  14. If the Amhara are the developers of Hieroglyphs, then one needs to answer why there are so many hieroglyph writings in Egypt and Sudan and none in Ethiopia? If the texts are true mistranslations, as the author asserts, then why can we accurately translate the mathematical papyri and successfully work the equations, or even know that they are equations in the first place? If the Trigigna language is the founding language of Mdw Ntr, why then do they have different numbers for 1-5?

    Again, if it is truly the work of market people, just doing business in Egypt (Gebts), then what was being exchanged and where are the artifacts from Egypt in Ethiopia that would signal for us there has been 3000 years of trade?

    And why do we find the spiritual essence in tact in Kongo, Mali and Nigeria (for example), but not so in Ethiopia…as the major discourse is Christianity, not ancestors?

  15. Truth Teller:
    Your assertion that the Tigrigna origin from Beja is a totally fake. I am sure if you bring this theory in Kebesa you be considered a village fool.
    Much of the people of Kebesa migrated from north and cetral ethiopia and not from Sudan or western Eritrea.

    Ask any Kebesa person they will tell you their ancestral link back to either Tigray, Gonder or Shewa.

  16. Asar:

    It is not mistranslations (at least most of the translations are correct) that is at issue.

    It is the misspellings by the Greek-written Rosetta Stone and by modern Egyptologists, i.e, making a “T” a “D”, or a “CH” an “H”, or a “Z” an “S”, etc.


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