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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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