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Ever heard the other-worldly sound of the Ethiopian lyre known as the begena
? It's sometimes referred to as the "Harp of David", since legend has it that it's the same instrument that soothed the Biblical king. Whether that's true or not, there is little doubt that the low pitched, buzzing sound the instrument produces is one of the most unusual to be found just about anywhere. Used to accompany meditation and prayer, Biblical passages and so forth, check out the amazing sound (along with accompanying male or female vocal) here
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Jan 4, 2013 -
Audio slideshow: Photography of Sir Wilfred Thesiger
Sir Wilfred Thesiger took nearly 40,000 photographs during his eight decades of travels throughout Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. Now, to mark 100 years since his birth, Oxford's Pitt Rivers Museum is displaying some of his most striking images.
posted by Lezzles
on Dec 13, 2010 -
, a native Ethiopian grain, has been cultivated there for at least 4,000 years. Its seeds
are smaller than pinheads, and can be easily scattered. Many Ethiopians eat it two to three times a day in injera bread
or, of course, alcohol
(pages 3-4). The grain is gluten-free and is full of essential amino acids, calcium, and other vitamins and minerals. It has a short growing season
and tolerance for marginal soils and drought or flood conditions, but its low comparative yield
optimal sunlight conditions, and labor intensive
harvest may limit the spread of the grain.
posted by Pants!
on Jan 6, 2008 -
Ethiopia Hits Somali Targets, Declaring War
(The New York Times
). the Ethiopian government has declared war on Somalia's ruling Islamic Courts Union. The Islamic Courts Union, which had gained control over much of Somalia, had been engaged in a civil war against the Ethiopian backed Transitional Federal Government. Back in October of 2006 the BBC reported that
the Islamic Courts Union had declared a 'holy war' against Ethiopia due to their support of the Transitional Federal Government. What many may not be aware of is that Ethiopia is a recipient of American economic and military aid
. More links from The New York Times
on the lead up of events: 12/22
posted by j-urb
on Dec 25, 2006 -
The Queen of Sheba
was a legendary beauty from the 10th century BC.
She travelled to see Israel's King Solomon,
bearing his son, Menelik (said to have transported the Ark of the Covenant
to Auxum, Ethiopia), is mentioned in the Bible and Koran, is a muse
to poets and artists
through the ages and is "viewed as the embodiment of Divine Wisdom and a foreteller
of the cult of the Holy Cross". Little is known about her origins although stories are common through Persian, Ethiopian, Arabian & Israeli traditions. Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia
claimed direct descent from her. She is said to have possibly lived in Yemen
, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Sudan or Somalia. But recent archaeological work
suggests she may be from further away than the legends describe. via [much, much more here]
posted by peacay
on May 19, 2005 -
'This website presents interviews with over 300 people who live in mountain and highland regions round the world. Their testimonies offer a personal perspective on change and development.'
posted by plep
on Apr 10, 2005 -
Apparently I live in the most diverse city in the United States.
Synagogue arsons, propane-tank-bomb-plotting and suburban hate crime aside, Sacramento is a pretty neat place, especially since my wife (Korean-American) and I (Jewish) can afford to own a house on our meager incomes and still go out to eat Pho
(Ethiopian), Som Tum
(Korean) all within a short drive. It's not San Francisco, but neither is the cost of living. Do you notice the tension caused by resistance to diversity in your town, or are you too busy eating the sushi
posted by luriete
on Aug 29, 2002 -
Send a sheep
to your beloved in Ethiopia. You can choose from Medium, Big, and Very Big sizes...all with a guarantee! I like their holiday specials too -- check out number 5: a bottle of Johnnie Walker Red and a medium sheep. (though I think I'd need
a bottle of scotch if someone sent me a sheep.)
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, but I had more fun with this. Too bad it only delivers to Addis Ababa...
posted by Vidiot
on Aug 21, 2002 -