This is a unique country, there are no other places like this one. Even in neighboring countries such as Tanzania and Kenya the indigenous tribes are urbanized. For example, the Maasai people take part in theatrical performances for tourists in the morning and ride home to the cities on motorcycles in the evening. In Ethiopia, everything is like a contrast, every little thing of the daily life seems so rare. A trip to Ethiopia requires psychological preparation because what you see there, the brain refuses to understand, and it feels like the error message is popping up.
The Mysterious City
First, Ethiopia is one of the oldest and poorest countries in the world. However, Ethiopia is very authentic because it has never been colonized, except for a few years of occupation by Mussolini-ruled Italy. This country has no port and has no access to any sea, so it was not interesting for the colonizers. For a long time, the main political system there was socialism, but the democracy was established in 1991.
Ethiopia is one of the countries that adopted Christianity very early, as a result, it happened in the 4th century. It is no coincidence that one of the biggest tourist attractions is the mysterious city of Lalibela, also known as the bastion of Christianity. The first Europeans who saw the city of Lalibela and its churches were the Portuguese in the 16th century.
The legend tells that the emperor Lalibela had a dream when God commanded him to build churches and specified the places where they were to be built and how they must look like. Because the churches were carved out of rock, they are classified as monolithic structures. The complex of churches of the Lalibela in Medham Alem is the largest monolithic churches in the world. All 11 churches are connected by a maze of tunnels. As a result, the Lalibela complex is now called the eighth wonder of the world and is protected by UNESCO. By the way, the legend says that during the days the churches of Lalibela was built by construction workers, and during the nights the construction work was continued by angels.
Full Moons and Funerals
There is no doubt that the most mysterious phenomena of Ethiopia are the unique tribes. However, this world is not easily accessible to tourists. The tribes have no calendars, the time is counted according to the full moon. When the full moon comes, the commander of a tribe ties the knot, and this is how they understand time. Many tribes live in the same way as they did thousand years ago as they are practicing animism, fighting each other for the animals that are their property.
Some tribes have a few thousand members, while other tribes have only a few hundred people. Every tribe has different hairstyles, jewelry, body decoration elements, customs, and traditions. Indigenous tribes do not have money as their currency is the weapons they exchange for animals. They live in small clay huts but walk with Kalashnikov rifles.
Dead commanders are never buried in the ground. The dead body is put on the throne and kept in the sun until it rots and dries. When the body becomes a mummy, the men of the tribe dig a deep pit, and put a body there in a sitting position so the commander faces the enemy tribe.