King Lalibela’s 13th Century Feat of Engineering Serves Ethiopians Now

FeaturedYerada Lij Australia Lalibela rock-hewn monasteries photo of Giyorgis taken by Mesfin Tadesse

The Lalibela rock-hewn monasteries are unique because King Lalibela built them from the top down. They are the only structures in the world to have been constructed in this way.

Ethiopian Shiro is Nourishing, Simple & Cheap

FeaturedAddis Ababa green grocery with organically grown fruit & vegetables

One Ethiopian staple food is shiro. Naturally processed, it is vegetarian and made with beans and spice. The powdered mixture is a rich yellow. Cooked, it is a smooth, curry paste.

Woven Wisdom is the Edge of Art

Green pointed leaf low plant with a covering of white silk

We kept the white maggot of a fly called qmburs. It reached 3 centimetres and pupated for 25 years. As it aged, it shrank and produced more silk. Qmburs wove a silk case around a shell. When it got too large, the case would stifle it and the maggot moved out. My grandmother transferred it while still inside its shell to a new home. This was usually the underside of an old bamboo coffee table. The maggot adhered to the surface with a glue-like substance and produced more silk: 3 x 600-millimetre-square harvests per year, thick and frothy. I scrounged bamboo-coffee tables. Mama kissed my forehead: a rare gift.

Emperor Haile Selassie’s New Year Lesson

Ethiopian restaurant cats

‘Do not abuse the environment. When your flesh changes into soil, your spirit will remain on earth. Leave behind a comfortable home for it.’

What is the Meaning of the Term yerada lij?

Statue of yerada lij Emperor Menelik II on horseback

Petrol fuelled the taxi. Materialism did not drive the yerada lij.

3 book extracts from “Lucy’s People” on books & patriots

Lake Tana, home to Lucy & Saba's people of Ethiopia

Never betrayed, the warrior and his horse survived in the thick of battle, bullets flying. He emerged through flames. This baffled Italians who called him ‘Illusion’.