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- (Christianity) The chief official in the monastic system of Ethiopia.
1972, Donald Crummey, Priests and Politicians:
- Security in Gondar depended largely on the sanctity of the echage’s quarter as a place of asylum.
2002, Haggai Erlich, The Cross and the River, page 117:
- The emperor sent an evasive reply and, upon crossing the border, made sure that the echage (the head of Ethiopia's monastic system) marched on his right.
- 2009, Diarmaid MacCulloch, A History of Christianity, Penguin 2010, p. 281:
- Täklä Haymanot was the first in a series of monks to become a key figure at Court, as the Echage (ečägé).