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Ethiopian Characters

There are two main characters in Ethiopian folktales - Cinzero, or Senzero and Queen Makeda.

Cinzero is the most popular character of Ethiopian folktales. It is only a 8"-9" tall. He is very clever and loves his mother more than anyone else.

Recently a doll has been manufactured named and based on this character which is available from "Senzero Doll Factory, Addis Ababa, 2003. Ethiopa". This doll is the first of its kind on Ethiopian children folktales characters.

A computer-animated doll was created by Girma Zelleke of Ethiopia. He died in an accident in Ethiopia on March 19, 2018. This doll is available in Amharic and other Ethiopian languages also in VCD and Video Cassettes forms.

Queen Makeda
Queen Makeda (Maqueda) was the female ruler queen of Ethiopia. Salome Yilma conceived the idea of making her doll and designed this line. These dolls can be bought from




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Created by Sushma Gupta on November 27, 2013
Modified on 09/10/18