Ethiopian dating and culture

23-Aug-2016 00:43 by 7 Comments

Ethiopian dating and culture

It starts at the break of dawn, Orthodox chanting mixed with Islamic calls to prayer and continues through out the day in greetings, commonly used phrases, and outward actions.

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According to a 2007 census the religious breakdown of Ethiopia is 62.8% Chrsitian (43.5% Ethiopian Orthodox, 19.3% other), 33.9% Islam, 2.6% Traditional and 0.6% other.

In short everyone is religious, or at least claims to be.

Because to deny your family's religion is to be cast out, and to deny all religion is just unheard of.

The Ethiopian Orthodox religion is the most widely practiced and oldest religion in Ethiopia, dating back to the 4th century in northern and central Ethiopia.

The religion is believed to have begun in Axum and to this day the Ark of the Covenant is said to be held there in the church, Our Lady Mary of Zion.

The Ark is thought to have been brought to Ethiopia by Menelik I, son of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon around 900 BC.

However, it was not brought for religious purposes (as they were following a ancient traditional religion at the time), but as a treasure for the empire.Later, when King Ezanas converted the Axumite Empire to Christianity, the Ark rose to the importance it holds today.Only one priest (he serves for life) is allowed into the building where the Ark is located so no one can confirm that the Ark is truly there.It is, however, an indisputable fact for most Christians in Ethiopia.Church services are held each day but differ in time depending on the fasting schedule.All religious text is historically written in Ge'ez, an ancient language which not many people other than learned priests, deacons and some studied families can read or understand.