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  My Name Is Menelikornis Ruspolii Cute name, is it not? Can you say  Menelikornis Ruspolii ? What is your name? Endemic to southern Ethiopia where its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical dry forests.

Oldest Christian Basilica

  Church Unearthed in Ethiopia Rewrites the History of Christianity in Africa Archaeologists now can more closely date when the religion spread to the Aksumite Empire By Andrew Lawler |  Smithsonianmag.com | December 10, 2019 In the dusty highlands of northern Ethiopia, a team of archaeologists recently uncovered the oldest known Christian church in sub-Saharan Africa, a find that sheds new light on one of the Old World’s most enigmatic kingdoms—and its surprisingly early conversion to Christianity. An international assemblage of scientists discovered the church 30 miles northeast of Aksum, the capital of the Aksumite kingdom, a trading empire that emerged in the first century A.D. and would go on to dominate much of eastern Africa and western Arabia. Through radiocarbon dating artifacts uncovered at the church, the researchers concluded that the structure was built in the fourth century A.D., about the same time when Roman Emperor Constantine I legalized Christianity in 313

Have a Good Look

  Stresemanns Bushcrow (endemic bird, Ethiopia) by Rich Lindie

Early Baboon

Early Baboon Gets the Mountain Dew © 2021 by ECJ

The Big Rains

The Big Rains By Mabel Burton Suddenly, Eucalyptus trees Around me Flashing, dipping, dancing, Thrashing me; A cacophony of sound Envelops me; The winds come screaming Frightening me, The rushing, roaring rains in torrents Beating me. Scimitars of light rend dark skies Blinding me; Thunderous, ear-splitting blasts join the Symphony. Nerves stretched taut, my soul cries out In agony. Then, as suddenly It seems an angel of light appears Accusingly, And, at the sight, all sound flees and instead Of fury, A gentle quiet reigns, light floods the sodden earth Shiningly, And all is peace again.  Ethiopia Observer, vol.13 (1970), n.1, p.36 Mabel Burton, a British teacher, taught shorthand at The Addis Ababa Commercial School in the early 1960s.  

The Most Beautiful Cross in the World

The Most Beautiful Cross in the World - The Lalibela Ethiopian Cross Professor Tecola W. Hagos There is no other cross in the world that even remotely shares any design commonality with the Lalibela Ethiopian Cross. This Cross is unique in its highly sophisticated design and how ingeniously the greatest Biblical story is incorporated within its matrix. The first time I saw the Lalibela Cross was when I was a high school student some forty years ago--in another life. Since then until very recently, I thought of the Lalibela Cross as very mysterious and puzzling. Thus, over the years I tried to learn more about this great Cross. At times, I even wondered how it could even be considered a cross.  There are two basic designs of crosses: the Latin Cross and the Greek Cross. Every cross in the world is built around these two underlying designs. I checked thousands of variations, some improvised and others strictly traditional designs of crosses, in books, catalogs, and recently through the

Every Day an Easter

Every Day an Easter By Mitiku Adisu This Sunday, May 2, 2021, Ethiopians will be celebrating Easter. You may be wondering why a second Easter after having had one on April 4. The short end of it is that Eastern and Western churches have different traditions. Should that then be reason for not joining in or for thinking a difference in tradition "gives a divided witness?" [1] Not at all, because it is only fitting that we celebrate the Risen Christ a second, third, nay, daily, and all year.Jesus is alive. We worship One who came into time dressed in our humanity to demonstrate God's love and forgiveness by tearing down the wall of sin that separated us from the Holy One of Israel and from one another; he gave us peace, a new community, and a living hope. There is a redeemer,  Jesus, God's own Son, Precious Lamb of God, Messiah,  Holy One,         Jesus my redeemer,         Name above all names,        Precious Lamb of God, Messiah,        Oh, for si