I can’t remember when I first learned about the Queen of Sheba’s love affair with King Solomon. In fact, I think I tried to correct my Ethiopian friends, “You mean Samson and Delilah, right?” And besides, why do memories of childhood Sunday-school classes keep resurrecting themselves in the context of Ethiopian emperors? The trouble is […]

For today’s cultural lesson, I thought I’d share this BBC explanation of Ethiopian’s counting system. To us, it seems bizarre. To our computers, however, it’s ages ahead of its time. Also, if you missed my earlier post, be sure to read: Adjusting to Ethiopian time.  

So our tour guide leads us through a series of panels depicting familiar Bible stories — the parting of the Red Sea, the birth of Jesus, the exile into Egypt — then he points to the image above and says, “And this picture shows when St. George slayed the dragon.” My Roman Catholic education must […]

Did you know that beyond the Greek and Roman ruins, beneath the Egyptian pyramids, and deep into the Abyss (i.e. Abyssinia aka Ethiopia), there exists a collection of 11 churches, all formed from excavated rock? Commissioned by King Lalibela of Ethiopia about 900 years ago, legend says that the whole collection was built in only […]

It’s Saturday morning, and you’re craving something yummy, but don’t have any fresh groceries. Never fear, chechebsa is here! All you need is flour, salt, and your pantry-stash of berbere spice mix and kibbeh (clarified spice butter), plus a little yogurt or honey. You can use any type of flour. I usually use wheat flour, […]