For a 76-years-old woman Ms. Tsigehana is still a strong woman with an acute memory. She flawlessly recited the Mase she had presented at that wedding, plus what she responded to what they told her.
One of the orators then sarcastically said that since women had begun performing Mases, the men should then rather resort to cooking and cleaning,” she went on saying and humored the audience with what she had responded back then to the sarcasm:
Octogenarian men also presented rhetoric they heard or recited decades back. 84-years-old Mr. Werede Haile from Adi Hargets, in the Southern Region, said that in the earlier days people resolved conflicts and disputed with wise and carefully chosen words. He then recited a Mase he had preformed some fifty years ago.The contest was accompanied with traditional refreshments and traditional plays.
During the contest in question for instance, guests were served with kolo sghem (fried barley) and Suwa (traditional beer) by attendants dressed in typical Tigrigna traditional clothes; while during pauses groups of performers from the South and Gash Barka regions presented impressive traditional plays.
Apart from its educative and entertaining feature, the core objective of holding such an event is to record the rich oral traditions and ensure the transfer of the skills to the younger generation.
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