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ethiopian highlands: traditions
ark of the covenant ethiopian cross church in lalibela timkat procession

One of the first countries to adopt Christianity as a state religion, Ethiopia sees its Christian beliefs as an integral part of the national treasure chest of ancient traditions. This holds particularly true in the highlands, where these beliefs originally took hold and where the Ethiopian empire first got its start. In highland towns such as Aksum or Lalibela, Ethiopia's claim to possess the original Ark of the Covenant is seen not as a piece of folklore, but as an undisputed fact.

Photo Credits:
Ark of the Covenant -- L.Jauregui, OneWorld Magazine 1996-2001, http://www.oneworldmagazine. org
Ethiopian Cross -- Marc Ginzberg, "African Forms"
Church in Lalibela -- Jeanne Tabachnick, "Close View of Rooftop of Rock Church in Lalibella, University of Wisconsin-Madison,Africa Focus 2000, http://africafocus.library.wisc.edu/

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