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Negassie or Negasi Krestos was the ruling prince of Shewa, an important Amhara noble of Ethiopia. Although the official account is that his father Lesba Qal was a male-line great-grandson of Prince Yaqob, son of Emperor Lebna Dengel, and thus descended in male line from the Solomonic dynasty, other versions are known of his ancestry. Abir records two other traditions collected in the 1840s: one is that his mother, Senebeit, was a woman of imperial descent and his father a rich landowner from Menz; another is that Senebeit was the daughter of one Ras Faris, "who with many other followers of Emperor Susenyos escaped into Menz."
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