Welcome to Travel Photo Thursday once again, and this week I thought we'd take a peek inside churches in Ethiopia.
Christianity in Ethiopia dates way back to the 1st Century AD, shortly after the early apostles spread out through the then known world preaching the new faith. Christianity became the state religion around 330AD, withstanding many later Islamic attempts to invade and convert the country, however being surrounded by Islamic cultures, its isolation saw it develop quite differently from mainstream Christianity in Europe. "Develop" is perhaps the wrong word to use there - it would be better to say that that the Coptic Christian Church that survived in Ethiopia may be closer to the roots, ceremonies and practices of early Christian beliefs whereas it is European based Christianity that changed.
Generally churches will be covered inside with pictures depicting bible scenes, and associated legends. The dark, almost airless interiors have protected the still brilliant colours. Here we see Adam and Eve depicted nude in the first, then covering in shame before expulsion from Eden.
Mary and baby Jesus.
That may be climbing Jacob's ladder.
Still brilliant colours after so many centuries. Many of these churches built around 1200Ad.
Hard time focusing in the gloomy interiors so many shots didn't turn out very well, but this is included to give a general idea of the interiors.
Not knowing the bible all too well, you'll have to leave comments about the scenes depicted here. I guess someone is a wee bit thirsty.
Read more about the rock cut churches here at my earlier post - ethiopia-picking-my-jaw-up-off-red-clay
|Church of Beta Giorgis, Lallibella, Ethiopia.|
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