(The following is a repost by Olivia Dorsey, an innovation specialist on the LC Labs team. The post originally appeared as the fifth in a series that features the Connecting Communities Digital Initiative (CCDI) Junior Fellows from the Library’s 2022 Junior Fellows program. These posts highlight each fellow and the projects they developed. CCDI funded …
The Library of Congress African and Middle Eastern Division (AMED) displays a sampling of its collection on agricultural harvesting, cultural and religious practices in Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.
The Library of Congress African and Middle Eastern Division released recordings of the symposium, “Religious Practices, Transmission and Literacy in Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia,” for online public viewing.
The Library of Congress African and Middle Eastern Division launched a story map, "Prayer Traditions in Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia: a Journey through the Library of Congress Collections."
This blogpost uses the Library of Congress’ resources to introduce Empress Taytu Betul, spouse of Emperor Menelik II of Ethiopia, who occupies an important page in the history of Ethiopia. She is remembered for her towering contributions in time of war, such as in the Battle of Adwa, and in the process of modernizing the country. Empress Taytu follows the example of her titanic women ancestors such as the Candaces, the Queen of Sheba, Queen Yodit [Judith], to name a few, who provided a legacy of excellence to the womenfolk of today’s Ethiopia.
The Library recently digitized three rare thangkas from the Tibetan collection. They are not only beautiful works of art but illustrate and disseminate key cultural teachings. This blog features the Srid pa ho, which wards off harm from all directions, illustrating basic Tibetan astrology concepts.