Gondar Timqat: The Persistence of Christian Tradition in Ethiopia

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I tried three brews: weak, medium and strong. I headed to the town of Bilbila, and saw two really worthwhile churches. Yemrehanna Kristos is one of a select-few remaining buildings to be from the Axumite era. Abuna Yosef. To get there, you have to climb up a staircase that leads halfway up the hill.

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The church itself is beautiful. Unsurprisingly, it was built by Negus and also Saint, again Yemrehana Krestos, and locals told me that Negus Gebre Mesqel Lalibela was keen to compete for a larger legacy, hence the churches in Lalibela proper. I was also told the olive wood and gypsum that the church is made of was transported from Jerusalem and Egypt by angels, allowing the church to be built in a relatively short period of time.

The floor of the entire cave, however, is made of locally-sourced pine wood. Underneath are puddles and mash, the water from which is considered holy and as such has curative properties.

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Inside, the intricate woodwork continues, and there also some exceptional paintings on the walls, pillars and ceilings. At the back of the cave are the mummified remains of thousands of pilgrims, some who have come from as far as Jerusalem itself. The final church I visited, Bilbila Giyorgis, is where I had the best honey in the world.

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Babila Giyorgis is said to date from the 5 th century, and compared to the other churches, you can definitely tell. The priest explained that the present colonies have continued on from that time. The honey itself is collected once a year, and I was lucky to be allowed to try a bit of what still remained from last year.

Not that it mattered, as I was happy to surrender my sense of sight to my sense of taste. Think of it as synaesthesia. As with anything church-related, the honey is also considered to be holy and is claimed to have curative properties for skin, abdominal and mental conditions. I was only allowed to try the honey once I had walked sufficiently far enough away from the church, and I can confidently report back that holy is an understatement.

Not only does it look opaque, but its texture is almost gritty. The flavour really makes you question why we refine our honey so much back at home. Negus Gebre Mesqel Lalibela would be proud, and so he should be. Not that he had anything to do with the honey which predates his reign by a few centuries, but you get the idea. Lalibela is the main tourist destination in Ethiopia, and everywhere you go you can tell. Several people attempted to fuck me over quite badly, which make for good stories in real life but not great blog posts.

Avoid the Red Rock Hotel and its incompetent manager at all costs. Before Negus Lalibela, the town was nothing. It was the bees who had the foresight to recognise his sovereignty, and boy did it pay off.

The least I could in return is recognise the bees, and spread the good news of their honey. The script for Bee Movie 2 just writes itself. View all posts by Zac. Godbless You Shemhotep Queen Lorayn. Like Like. The churches and honey! You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email.


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This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Skip to content. Bet Giyorgis from a higher vantage point. It was only quiet because it was lunch time. The priest inside Bet Giyorgis. He was pretty chilled, and probably a bit over being inundated with tourists day in day out. Bet Medhane Alem.

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A worshiper in prayer inside Bet Medhane Alem. Bet Golgotha and Bet Mikael. Bet Maryam. Bet Maryam as seen from ground level. This priest was eager so show off his robes and church treasures. The intricate interior of Bet Maryam. A passageway near Bet Maryam.


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Steps near Bet Abba Libanos. A very high tunnel near Bet Abba Libanos. A passageway near Bet Abba Libanos. Yemrehanna Kristos. Geometric church paintings inside Yemrehanna Kristos. Faded church paintings inside Yemrehanna Kristos. It is time for all Tegaru in diaspora, with the rest of our people at home, to set a clear agenda and roadmap on how to combat the lies that are being fabricated day in day out to avoid such heinous and satanic plots that can only escalate ethnic tensions. We need radical changes how we should work together it has both personal and nationalistic underpinnings.

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Gondar Timqat: The Persistence of Christian Tradition in Ethiopia by Hailu Habu

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