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Dossier June 2012

Lake Tana – Holy islands

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  With its many islands and surrounded by breathtaking mountains, Lake Tana was a natural venue for people searching deep spirituality. Many of the islands of this beautiful lake hosted, probably since the fourth century, some of the oldest Christian sites in Ethiopia. Very little remains of that era. Of the first settlements we have…

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Gondar – New iconography

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  The spirit of Ethiopian Christianity is expressed not only in works of great architectural merit and originality, but in a wide range of artistic creations: in wall paintings – together with architecture, they represent the most relevant aspect of the artistic richness of Ethiopia -, illuminated manuscripts, processional crosses, books of benedictions, and in…

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Debra Damo – Mystic experience

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  Those wishing to journey into the past ought to go to Debra Damo. It is the oldest Ethiopic monastery and a symbol of the Ethiopian monastic experience. Debra Damo is found 90 km north-east of Axum, immersed in a spectacular landscape with deep canyons and surrounded by many ambas – mountains with a flat…

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Ethiopian Church – Rooted in the past

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 Legends have it that the Apostle Matthew went to Ethiopia to evangelize the people and eventually died there. History somehow differs. Christianity arrived in Ethiopia thanks to Syrian missionaries. The first two, unwilling, missionaries were Aedesius and Frumentius, two brothers from Tyre who shipwrecked near Adulis, in the Red Sea, at the beginning of the…

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Advocacy

10 Ways We Pretend War is Not a Crime.

Advocacy, more than economic interests, is about consciousness and knowledge. It is about building a strong democracy, holding those in power accountable. It is about…

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Baobab

Why the Hippo lives in the Water.

Many years ago the hippopotamus, whose name was Isantim, was one of the biggest kings on the land; he was second only to the elephant. The…

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Youth & Mission

Saving the Planet and Ourselves.

Australia, Philippines, California and Central and South Africa have been recently hit by severe drought and endless forest fires.  Thousands are suffering. Plants and animals perish.…

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