A religious experience
Trip Start Jun 17, 2008
14Trip End Jul 05, 2008
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Religion permeates here and God works his way into most conversations. On our ride to the boat, we was many people praying up against a wall. According to Kashz, there was a service going on, but these people were 'unclean' in the biblical sense, so they could not go inside. So they were worshiping outside the perimeter of the property. I couldn't believe the dedication of these people!
Speaking with our guide on the boat ride, he was telling us that they believe this IS the area where Eden could have been. Believing that the Nile was once called the Ghion (one of the rivers to flow out of Eden) flows right into Tana - the lake we were now on.
The monasteries were much more humble than I was thinking.
There are 3 chambers to the building: outer, inner, and the Holy of Holies to represent the holy trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). All shoes, must of course be taken off before entering, and the Holy of Holies is off limits. All walls are painted with murals
The drive was fascinating to see the different landforms that are here. Again, I've got to get this dry, desolate image of Ethiopia out of my head!
We traveled over beautiful mountainous terrain around switchback curves seeing little mountaintop villages. Lines on the road mean nothing. Just a honk of the horn and around you go - whether it be vehicle, person or animal. People must walk for hours and hours to get to their destinations, as no one ones a vehicle.
Gonder is a town full of ancient castles which we will explore tomorrow!