After 225 Generations

After 225 Generations

On 12 September 1974, Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia was deposed by the communist Derg.  Emperor Selassie was the last of the Solomonic Dynasty to rule Ethiopia, a reported 225 generations from his biblical ancestors the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon.

The Derg depose Emperor Haile Selassie

Selassie would last just less than two years before being murdered, and when his bones were recovered there were rumors about having been situated below an outdoor toilet.  

It was an ignominious end for a man who had ruled for more than forty years and had met and entertained world leaders of every possible political affiliation.

Haile Selassie and JFK drive through Washington, DC on 1 October 1963. Less than two months later, Selassie would return for President Kennedy’s funeral. Within 12 years, Selassie would also be assassinated.

Selassie would also be the focus of Rastafarianism, one of the few world leaders who legitimately had a religion founded in his name that was not developed as a way to retain power.

For more information on the beginnings of the Solomonic Dynasty that ended with Emperor Haile Selassie, see Makeda – the Woman Who Created an Empire.



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