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Keeper of the Word by Majnouna Keeper of the Word by Majnouna
The priest of Debre Maryam, Lake Tana, with the church's illuminated 13th-century Bible. I caught him during a split second of immobility, just enough for the picture not to be blurry :dance:

To say Ethiopia is Biblical would be an understatement. Christianity is still practiced as it was in the 4th century AD, Judaism is still of the First Temple type – and a small group, the Qemant, retain a Pagano-Hebraic religion so old it's like looking at the very dawn of monotheism.
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deideiblueeyez Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I want to be an anthropologist when I grow up, but I'm afraid that I won't be able to do things like study people and their cultures because I'm painfully shy and I'm afraid of making them angry or doing something super rude...but this picture makes me want to do my best despite my trepidation :iconbossdashplz:
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'm sure you'll grow out of it! Besides, you would be taught how to study people without offending them :D
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MaroonGoon Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
Brilliant
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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Blasterkid Featured By Owner May 21, 2009
wow amazing photo.

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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks :)
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ranbassi Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2009  Hobbyist Filmographer
What kind of Christian is he? Orthodox? I see he keeps his hair. I am Sikh and Sikhs male and female tend not to cut any of their hair. I heard once, Coptic Christians also didn't used to cut their hair, though I may be wrong about this. I like this photo.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2009  Professional General Artist
I'm confused, what makes you think Christians necessarily cut or shave their hair? Anyway, he's Ethiopian Orthodox.
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ranbassi Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2009  Hobbyist Filmographer
I am from England, most people here do cut there hair:)
I have never seen a Christian keep their hair, so I was just inquiring. From my research, a lot spiritual masters, and figures all kept their hair. Jesus, Buddha, Hindu Gods and Gurus, Yogis, Sikhs, some Sufi's. Its a interesting connection, that I thought of when I saw this photo.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2009  Professional General Artist
People do what they want with their hair, it's fashion, not a religious obligation :o Few groups have hair- or beard-related religious rules...
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nepasavaler Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
I love this photo. His poise and dignity, and the wonderful illustrations.
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SR388 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009   Artisan Crafter
This is an awe-inspiring reminder of how diverse and awesome the world is. Wonderful photo, thanks so much for sharing it! ^_^
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks for looking :aww:
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Weird-Oddball-Girl Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009
Nice picture! Interesting facts too. :)
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks:)
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portheiusJ Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Professional Artist
Nice capture. =3
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009  Professional General Artist
:D
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ICEQUEEN777 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
So excelent work!...
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Professional General Artist
:)
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Yasatetsa Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009
It's so interesting to look at!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks :)
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SlayerSyrena Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Professional General Artist
Wow, what an incredible shot. And that illuminated Bible looks beautiful, priceless. Just curious- the form of Christianity this priest practices, does it have any connection to the Eastern Orthodox Church? I ask because of the use of icons in the Bible he his holding. If you're not sure of that, do you know the name of his Church? Thanks. :)
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Professional General Artist
Yes, this is the Ethiopian Orthodox Church so it has a lot to do with it :)
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SlayerSyrena Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Professional General Artist
LOL! Okay, I guess that answers my question!
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Very interesting, archaic Christianity is not exactly the first thing that comes to mind when I think about Ethiopia. But these Bibles and painted churches seem so very familiar. It's good that you have an educated eye for these things, and share them with us :)
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009  Professional General Artist
It's strange that it doesn't, given the country's history, but what can you do :D
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Ohwell, I didn't exactly study Ethiopian history. Can't know them all (though I try) :shrug:
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ketari Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009
That is an amazing image, and really interesting info to go along with it! I love hearing about your travels!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Professional General Artist
Beautiful portrait. Almost National Geographic like in quality.

I would love to the illuminations up close. I'm a big fan of the Irish Book of Kells, it is possible for ordinary people to see the Book of Kells on display at Trinity Library in Dublin. Kells is well documented and the entire Bible has been scanned. Has this Bible ever been scanned? The artwork looks amazing from what I can see in your photo.
-YD
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Shannanigan Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I'm not a religious person... but what I wouldn't give to take a good look at that book!! The artwork in those illuminated bibles are so amazing!

How lucky you were to get that close to see the real thing... even if it was moving fast. LOL!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Professional General Artist
Same here and yeah, they're wonderful and colorful illustrations :nod:
Haha definitely!
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CaptainQuirk Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009
That's amazing. How do you learn so much from people when you travel? Do you speak a lot of different languages?
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Professional General Artist
I do speak several languages, but mostly I do my homework about the places I visit :D
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notfunnynotcute Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009
Beautiful! It does indeed remind me of how Jerusalem and the holy land is depicted in movies.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Professional General Artist
Wait till you see the setting :)
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pastseeker Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009
I kinda like the slight blur, enhances the shot, to me. Gives it an old-world effect which fits nicely within the subject. This is moving, profound and ever so beautiful!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Professional General Artist
I don't mind slight blurs either for portraits, it softens them nicely :) Not that I had any choice in the matter given the gloom, but fortunately it's one of those cases where the unavoidable imperfection actually works for the photo :D Thank you!
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pastseeker Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
Don't you just love it when that happens? Some of my best shots have come that way.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner May 14, 2009  Professional General Artist
:nod: Definitely!
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MacDoninri Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
the bible IS technically the first comic book - it being the first book that combined stories with illustrations
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Professional General Artist
Oh and 4. Combining text and illustration does not make a comic book. Sequential art is what defines a comic.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Professional General Artist
I don't know where you got that because that's a complete fabulation.
1. The original manuscripts that later made up the Bible were not illustrated.
2. All the cultures of antiquity combined text and imagery, right up to the Sumerians.
3. The first printed books, illustrated or not, came from China.
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MacDoninri Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
well, i just got that idea from a book. not really factual.
of course, ccomparing bible to comics..

i see your point here
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Elcool Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009
Interesting... In Israel in the 90's my country brought thousands of Ethiopian Jews by plane, and there was a big controversy if they were really considered Jews since their traditions were so different then our "regular" ones. ([link]) At the end, most of them had Giyur (the process of transforming to a Jew).
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Professional General Artist
That's surprising, as the reason why they were airlifted there in the first place was that they had been recognized as true Jews by both the Shepardi and Ashkenazi Chief Rabbis of Jerusalem back in the 70's. The only reason it took so long to get them out was the repressive regime in Ethiopia at the time.
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Elcool Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009
The Beta Israel group was the one to go (relatively) easily. I am referring here to the Falasha Mura.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Professional General Artist
As far as I know, Falasha is a nickname for the Beta Israel people, not a separate group. Or are you referring to something else?
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Elcool Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009
Inside that group, there is a sub-group that was controversial.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Professional General Artist
Ah, that makes more sense!
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