Ethiopia is one of only two countries in Africa that was not colonized by a European country. It is one of the few African countries with it's own alphabet and they also use their own time system and a unique calendar. The 2nd most populous country on the continent, Ethiopia is believed to be one of the oldest sites of human existence known to scientists.
Its religious history is quite interesting - with a blend of Judaism, Catholicism, Orthodox Christianity, and Islam. Ethiopian tradition states that a temple in Axum (in the northern part of the country) is the current location of the lost Ark of the Covenant. They further believe that the Queen of Sheba hailed from their land and that she and King Solomon had a child together.
Haile Sallasie is their revered former emperor, ruling from 1930-1974. He was an heir to a dynasty that traced its origin to the 13th century - and before that - all the way back to King Solomon.
I hope you will enjoy a sampling of the photos I took during my 4-day stay.
|Structures near a church on Entoto Mountain|
|One of many Orthodox Churches that I saw|
|A man prays at the church|
|This young guy was selling hand-made caps; behind us is Addis Ababa|
|Dancers at Yod Abyssinia|
|Washing my hands before eating|
|This is injera, Ethiopia's staple food|
|Women arriving to pray at Holy Trinity|
|Statue of Halie Sallasie outside the cathedral|
|Behind the maroon curtains is the Holy of Holies|
|Men praying; the women are in a different area|
|Many shops had a row of mannequins with humorous poses like this|
|An art exhibit of Amharic characters at the National Museum|
|A sign written in Amharic; many Ethiopians do not speak English|
|A young man with his trained monkey|
|Washa Michael is a church carved from rock in the 4th century|
|I'm standing next to the baptistry|
|Our tour guide(s), Larry and Bernadette (an American couple), and Zerhiun|
|School kids on their way home|