Ethiopia is one of the most genuine and surprising countries in Africa. Where millennial traditions and legends are mixed with high mountains, dense jungles, and one of the two mythical sources of the Nile.
Indiana Jones should have known it. The Tables of the Law, protected by the Lost Ark which he was seeking for so long, were not in Egypt. They were further up the Nile. They were hidden next to one of the sacred sources of the river. Who had put them there? Makeda herself, the Queen of Sheba, on her return from her journey to Jerusalem. And with them, the queen also brought, in her womb, a son of the great sage Solomon, Menelik, who after a few years would be the founder of the mythical kingdom of Ethiopia. This is no fantasy. Every year, the Tabot ‒ as the Ethiopians call the Tables of the Law ‒ is exhibited before tens of thousands of worshippers in the magical and enveloping festival of the Timkat.
Dr. Jones should have travelled to this corner of East Africa. He would have discovered the ruins of an ancient civilisation, Axum, which shared beauty and power with Ancient Rome. Without forgetting the fabulous mediaeval castles of the mountains of the Gondar and the marvellous Christian churches of Lalibela, cut out of the living rock long before the building of so many temples in the Western world.
None of this prevents Ethiopia from being a place where the feeling of deepest Africa still remains. Peoples such as the Hamer and the Mursi, who live in remote, lost valleys of the Oromo river, remain faithful to their ancestral customs and traditions. All of this is enveloped in spectacular Nature that can be contemplated and enjoyed in corners such as the Simien Mountains National Park, a habitat of baboons. And in the savannahs and jungles of Awash and the protected areas of Omo, Mago and Gambela, the territory of giraffes, lions and cheetahs.
Nature, culture, ethnology and safaris in 4x4 vehicles or on board a light aircraft. All of this can be enjoyed as a family or as a honeymooning couple. An Africa full of sensations, never to be forgotten.
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