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Debre Berhane Selassie

Debre Berhan Selassie an easy stroll 2km northeast of town. Despite its walls hosting the nation’s most vibrant ecclesiastical artwork, it’s the ceiling that captures most visitors’ imaginations. Think of Mona Lisa’s smile and multiply it 104 times!

Debre Berhane Selassie Debre Berhane Selassie

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Erta Ale, the living Shield Volcano

Erta Ale is a very remote and rarely visited shield volcano in the Afar region of East Africa.

Erta Ale, the living Shield Volcano Erta Ale, the living Shield Volcano

Mulatu Astatke

The Father of Ethio Jazz: Mulatu Astatke

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Churches in Ethiopia

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Churches in Ethiopia Churches in Ethiopia

Kay Kabaro: Simien jackal

The Ethiopian wolf is the rarest canid in the world (Sillero 2001), and is one of the world's rarest mammals.

Kay Kabaro: Simien jackal Kay Kabaro: Simien jackal

Beautiful Scenery of Ethiopia

Awasa , southern Ethiopia’s largest city, is 100km further south and sits on the shores of attractive Lake Awasa. With plenty of facilities, a great fish market and row boats to boot, Awasa is a great place to stop.  

Beautiful Scenery of Ethiopia Beautiful Scenery of Ethiopia

Gonder: Medieval castles of Ethiopia

The Center of Ethiopian art and culture Gondar, founded by Emperor Fasilidas around 1635, is famous for its many medieval castles and the design and decoration of its churches.

Gonder: Medieval castles of Ethiopia Gonder: Medieval castles of Ethiopia

Cassiopeia

Cassiopeia

Cassiopeia was the wife of Cepheus, the Ethiopian king of Joppa (now known as Jaffa, in Israel), and the mother of Andromeda. The queen was both beautiful and vain, and the story of how her vanity caused great distress is told in relation to the constellation Andromeda.

After promising her daughter in marriage to Perseus, Cassiopeia had second thoughts. She convinced one of Poseidon's sons, Agenor, to disrupt the ceremony by claiming Andromeda for himself. Agenor arrived with an entire army, and a fierce struggle ensued.

In the battle Cassiopeia is said to have cried "Perseus must die". At any rate it was Perseus who was victorious, with the help of the Gorgon's head.

Perseus had recently slain Medusa, the Gorgon, and had put its head in a bed of coral. He retrieved the head and waved it in midst of the warring wedding party, instantly turning them all to stone. In the group was both Cepheus and Cassiopeia.

A contrite Poseidon put both father and mother in the heavens. But because of Cassiopeia's vanity, he placed her in a chair which revolves around the Pole Star, so half the time she's obliged to sit upside down.

 

The Constellation Cassiopeia: Mythology and History


 

 

When Nereids overheard Cassiopeia she became very jealous.  She complained to Poseidon, God of the Sea, and demanded that Cassiopeia be punished.  Poseidon agreed and summoned a terrible sea-monster, Cetus.  "Go to the coast of Cassiopeia's land," Poseidon directed, "and lay waste to the land, and kill the people, and kill the cattle."

Cetus, in the form of a monstrous whale, set upon his mission of destruction and began the slaughter, working his way up and down the coast.  The frightened people gathered and pleaded to their king to save them.  Cepheus consulted an oracle--one with magical powers who could communicate with the gods when men sought their advice.  The oracle told Cepheus that there was only one way to stop the slaughter: "You must offer your daughter Andromeda as a sacrifice."  She was to be chained to the rocks on the coast and left for Cetus to devour.  He made the bitter choice of sacrificing Andromeda, whereupon she was chained to the rocks and abandoned to await Cetus.

When Cetus discovered the prize awaiting him, he left off his wholesale destruction of the land and began swimming toward the ledge where Andromeda was chained. But then a distant figure appeared in the sky.  It was Perseus, the brave son of Zeus and Danae, just returning from a journey during which he had succeeded in killing the dreaded Medusa.

It was when Perseus was flow over the coast of Æthiopia that he noticed Andromeda chained to the rocks by the sea, and not far away he could see Cetus rapidly nearing her.  Down he swept to the girl's side. "Why are you thus bound?" he asked,  overwhelmed by Andromeda's beauty.  Andromeda told him the story of her boastful mother and the advice the oracle had given her father.

Perseus quickly turned to Cepheus and said: "I can save your daughter from the sea-monster, but for my reward I demand Andromeda's hand in marriage, and a kingdom."  Cepheus promised Perseus that he would have what he asked for,  whereupon Perseus unsheathed his sword and leapt into the air to the attack.  One thrust of his sword found a soft spot between the armored scales of the monster.  Wounded, it twisted over on its side.  Perseus then inflicted another deep cut, and another.  Blood now colored the water red and soaked Perseus' winged shoes.  Fearful of losing his ability to fly, he settled on a rock near the shore and waited for the sea-monster to attack again.  As it did, Perseus' sword plunged deeply into the monster's evil heart.

Joyful beyond words, Cepheus and Cassiopeia led Perseus and Andromeda to their house, where a great feast and celebration were prepared.  Perseus and Andromeda were married and led a long, happy life together.  There first-born son, Peres, is said to have given rise to those people who became known as Persian.  When Perseus and Andromeda died, they were given honored places among the stars by the goddess Athena.  Cetus, the sea-monster, was there waiting for them and forever chases Andromeda around the sky, but Perseus continues to guard her well.  Meanwhile Cepheus and Cassiopeia had died and were likewise given honored places among the stars by Poseidon.

 

 

 

 

 

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