The Abuna quitted the court, plunged in the deepest distress, and a bloody war ensued, which shook the empire to its foundation.
The head of the church is called the Abuna ('our father'), and is consecrated by the Coptic patriarch of Alexandria.
The aged Abuna found himself alone and deserted in the same spot which he had occupied during the attack.
This was finally settled in 1903 by the treaty of Petropolis, which provided that the line should ascend the Abuna river to lat.
It is the tomb of Aahmes, the son of Abuna, the chief of the steersmen.
But a more imposing rite attends the oath of celibacy before the Abuna.