Slide 1: ETHIOPIA Slide 2: In February 2006 I spent a week in Ethiopia. It was not nearly enough time. Slide 3: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, is a large city with an elevation of over 7700 feet and a pollution problem Slide 4: The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Addis Ababa Ethiopia has its own religion, a version of orthodox Christianity dating from the fourth century.
This cathedral is the largest in the country. Slide 5: The cathedral contains beautifully carved thrones used by the emperor Haile Salassie and his queen, as well as their tombs. Slide 6: Beautiful Lake Tana, north of Addis, is the home of many Orthodox monasteries, housed on 20 of its 37 islands. Slide 7: In order to visit one of the monasteries we took this boat. Slide 8: This church at the monastery is round, like most Ethiopian churches. Slide 9: A priest displays the monastery’s treasured manuscripts Slide 10: Worshipers lean on “prayer sticks” during services which can last as long as four hours. There are no pews or seats. Slide 11: Papyrus boats are still used on Lake Tana Slide 12: A papyrus boat builder demonstrates his craft Slide 13: Basket weaving is passed on to a new generation Slide 14: A woman spinning Slide 15: Threshing done in the old-fashioned way with oxen Slide 16: Women wash clothes along the banks of the Blue Nile River, near Bahir Dar Slide 17: A 17th century bridge on the way to the Blue Nile Falls Slide 18: At the Blue Nile Falls Dams upstream have greatly reduced its flow. Slide 19: Terraced fields in northern Ethiopia Slide 22: A boy selling garlic alongside the road Ethiopian Children Slide 23: At Gonder there are castles built by several different emperors in the 17th and 18th centuries Slide 26: One of the castles had a steam bath. Entrance Pegs made of animal horns to hang clothes on Slide 27: The emperor Haile Selassie, the “Lion of Judah,” kept lions in these cages. Slide 28: Fasiladas’ Bath in Gonder is filled with water only once a year for a religious ceremony. Slide 29: Tree roots cover the walls. Slide 30: The Bath is currently under restoration. Slide 32: Divinity students gather at an ancient rock-hewn church.