PEOPLES OF ETHIOPIA
Available April 2017.
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From the Foreword:
Ethiopia is the most culturally and ethnically diverse country in Africa. The northern regions of Tigray and Amhara support a Semitic people whose unique Orthodox Christian culture was established in the 4th century AD and is rooted in a Judaic tradition that dates back to the reign of King Solomon. In the east, the mediaeval walled citadel of Harar is the focal point of an Islamic culture founded during the lifetime of the Prophet Mohammed. Further south, on the border with Kenya, the Omo River flows through a region inhabited by more than a dozen different tribes renowned for their defiantly traditionalist lifestyle. All in all, 88 individual languages are spoken in Ethiopia, and it is the only country in which all Africa’s main linguistic groups are represented.
Ethiopia’s cultural variety manifests itself in myriad diverse ways. Most visitors know about the brooding rock-hewn churches of Tigray and Amhara, and the whitewashed Muslim shrines in and around Harar. Fewer come face to face with the body-scarification, lip-plates and other adornments associated with the people of South Omo. And fewer still get to experience the singing wells of the Borena, the celebratory Ireecha festival of the Oromo, the Sudan- affiliated riverside culture of Gambella, or the gloriously colourful markets of Benishangul- Gumuz and Bati...
In this book, Robert Waddingham exposes the cultural variety that makes Ethiopia such an absorbing country to explore. And his well- crafted and sympathetic photographs, captured over several expeditions spanning longer than a decade, not only provide a fabulous primer – or souvenir – for neophyte visitors, but also serve to highlight a cultural diversity that draws so many first-timers back for repeat visits. Enjoy it!
Philip Briggs, Author of the Bradt Guide to Ethiopia May 2016