This page offers some links to writings about t’ej that I’ve found around the internet – not that you’d ever need to know more about t’ej than you can learn right here.
Websites come and go, so I welcome notes from readers who find a dead link, or who would like to propose a link to an interesting site relating to t’ej. Some of these links are informative, some more narrative and entertaining.
News & Information about T’ej
♦ The Ethiopian artist Seyoum Ayalew has painted five vivid portraits of life in an Ethiopian t’ej bet, and you can see them – or buy them – at this website.
♦ The artist Daniel Getahun – born in Ethiopia, now living and working in Toronto – painted this amusing image of three men in a t’ej bet. And from the artist Getachew Berhanu, here’s an especially convivial look at a t’ej bet.
♦ The website Addis Ababa Online, in a piece from 2013, calls the t’ej bet a “rare hub of free expression” in Ethiopia.
♦ Addis Fortune, an English-language weekly published in Ethiopia, wrote a piece about the thriving business of local (as opposed to corporate) t’ej-makers.
♦ The website All Africa takes a look at winemaking in Ethiopia, which of course all began with t’ej.
♦ The Chinese news agency CCTV broadcast an English-language report about the popularity of t’ej in Ethiopia, focusing on an entrepreneur who began selling t’ej to markets in plastic bottles.
♦ If you search Wikimapia, you can see – from the sky – the locations of many tej bets around Ethiopia. Here’s a search list, and here are links to a few of the ones I’ve found: Gondar T’ej Bet, named for the former capital of Ethiopia; Deneke Werke T’ej Bet, named for its owner (as many are), in the eastern Ethiopian city Dire Dawa; Ato Maru T’ej Bet, named for its owner, Mr. Maru, and in business since 1960; and Tobia T’ej Bet, a rather well-known establishment in Addis Ababa, the nation’s capital.
Tales of T’ej
♦ Ilan Ben Zion visited some t’ej bets in Ethiopia and described what he saw and tasted.
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