Wainaba, the Serpent Ruler

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A mythic dragon or serpent called Wainaba ruled the country for four hundred years.

The monster was slain by a man called Angabo, the predecessor and father of the Queen of Sheba on the throne of Abyssinia. This serpent lived in Tamben, a district to the south of Aksum, and when it became known that it was coming to Aksum, Angabo promised the Aksumites that he would kill the monster if they would agree to make him king. To this they assented, and Angabo made plans to kill the serpent. He worked magic on the road by which it would come, and he hid a magical object in the form of an iron instrument, or weapon, under the surface of the road, presumably with the view of wounding the serpent. Wainaba set out on the road for Aksum, and as he proceeded on his way he shot out fire from his body on the right hand and on the left, and passing on between the flames he came to Aksum and died. He was buried in May Wayno where his grave is to be seen to this day.

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