Ras (title)
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Ras Title

Ras (Ge'ez: , romanized: ras, lit. 'head', compare with Arabic Rais), is a royal title in the Ethiopian Semitic languages.[1] It is one of the powerful non-imperial titles.

Historian Harold G. Marcus equates the Ras title to a duke;[] others have compared it to "prince".[2] The combined title of Leul Ras was given to the heads of the cadet branches of the Imperial dynasty, such as the Princes of Gojjam, Tigray and the Selalle sub-branch of the last reigning Shewan Branch.

Historic Ras

See also


  1. ^ Haile Selassie, Western Education, and Political Revolution in Ethiopia. Cambria Press. ISBN 9781621969143.
  2. ^ E.g., Don Jaide, "An Etymology of the word Ras-Tafari - By Ras Naftali", Rasta Liveware, June 2, 2014; accessed 2019.06.24.

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