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የግራኝ አገዛዝ ኃብት በማሸሽ ፣ ቅጥረኞችንና መሣሪያዎችን በመሸመት ላይ ነው | ከ፪ ዓመታት በፊት ገዳማቱን እንደሚያጠቃ አስጠንቅቀን ነበር

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on July 26, 2021

👉 ገብርኤል 👉 ማርያም 👉 ኡራኤል 👉 ጊዮርጊስ 👉 ተክለ ሐይማኖት 👉 ዮሴፍ 👉 መድኃኔ ዓለም

👉 ርዕዮት ሜዲያ በትናንትናው ዕለት

እሑድ ሐምሌ ፲፰/፪ሺ፲፫ ዓ.

ሸህ አላሙዲን ለግራኝ ቅጥረኞችንና የሕዝብ መጨፍጨፊያ መሣሪያዎችን ገዝቶለታልን? ለኢሳያስ እና ለኤሚሬቶች የከፈላቸውስ እርሱ ይሆንን?

(በመለስ ዜናዊ ሞት አላሙዲን፣ ግራኝ፣ ሙርሲ እና ኦባማ እጃቸው አለበት)

👉 ኤድመንድ ብርሃኔ በትናንትናው ዕለት

እሑድ ሐምሌ ፲፰/፪ሺ፲፫ ዓ.

የግራኝ አባ-ገዳይ ኦሮሞ አገዛዝ ባለሥልጣናት ኃብት ወደ ዱባይ በማሸሽ ላይ ናቸው” ድሮን መግዢያ?

አዎ! አረመኔው ግራኝ በትግራይ ሕዝብ ላይ በከፈተው ጦርነት ባልጠበቀው መልክ ሽንፈትን እና ውርደትን ተከናንቧል፤ ሆኖም ጦርነቱ አላበቃም፣ አውሬው ውድመታዊ ተልዕኮውን ገና አላገባደደም።

የተነሳበት ተልዕኮ የኦሮሚያ እስላማዊት ‘ኩሽ’ ካሊፋትን ለመመስረት ተዋሕዶ ክርስቲያን የሆነውን ሰሜኑን ከቻለ ማንበርከክ ካልቻለ ደግሞ ሙሉ በሙሉ ማጥፋት ነው። ለዚህ ደግሞ ዛሬም የእስማኤላውያኑ አረቦችና ቱርኮች እንዲሁም የምዕራባውያኑ ኤዶማውያን (ሩሲያ እና ቻይናን ጨምሮ) ድጋፍ አለው።

የተነሳበት ተልዕኮ የኦሮሚያ እስላማዊት ኩሽካሊፋትን ለመመስረት ተዋሕዶ ክርስቲያን ሰሜኑን ከቻለ ማንበርከክ ካልቻለ ደግሞ ሙሉ በሙሉ ማጥፋት ነው።

ጦርነቱን ሲጀምር ሆን ብሎ ከመሪዎች በቀር ኦሮሞ ወታደሮችን አላሳለፈም፤ ያሰለፋቸው ደቡብ ኢትዮጵያውያንን እና አማራ ወታደሮችን እንዲሁም የቤን አሚር ኤርትራውያንን እና ሶማሌዎችን ነበር። ይህም በስልት፣ በተንኮል ነው። እነዚህ ወታደሮች በሰሜን በኩል በትግራይ ታጣቂዎች እጅ እንዲወድቁ በደቡብ በኩል ደግሞ በኤሚራት ድሮኖች እንዲጨፈጨፉ ለማድረግ ነው። አዎ! ምናልባት እስከ አምስት መቶ ሺህ የሚሆኑ ደቡብ ኢትዮጵያውያን፣ አማራ እና ቤን አሚር ወታደሮች መቀሌ እስክትያዝ ድረስ በከንቱ ረግፈዋል። እግዚኦ! መቀሌን እንደተቆጣጠሯት ሴት ደፋሪ የኦሮሞ ወታደሮች ወደ ትግራይ ሰተት ብለው እንዲገቡና የትግራይን ሕዝብ ተፈጥሯዊ ስብጥር ለመቀየር ይችሉ ዘንድ “ድፈሩ! ደቅሉ!” የሚል ትዕዛዝ ተሰጣቸው። የግራኝን “በአደዋ ጦርነት ወቅት “እኛ ኒፊሊሞች” ደቅለናል” የሚለውን ንግግር እናስታውስ። ኦሮሞዎቹ ይህን ተልዕኳቸውን ካገባደዱ በኋላ “ደጀን” ወዳሉት ሕዝባቸው ፈርጥጠው እንዲሄዱ ተደረጉ። የቀረው የግራኝ ሰአራዊት በትግራይ ኃይሎች ሙሉ በሙሉ ተደምስሷል።

አሁን በሁለተኛው ዙር የክተት ዘመቻው ለኦሮሙማው ተልዕኮው ማካተት የማይፈልጋቸውን ብሔር ብሔሰቦች ከየክልሉ በመሰብሰብ ወደ ጦር ግንባር (ሰሜናውያኑ የትግራይ፣ አማራ እና አፋር ክልሎች) በመላክ ለኦሮሞ ተጻራሪ የሆኑትንና ኦሮሞ ያልሆኑትን ሕዝቦች ይጨርሳል፣ ያስጨርሳል። “የኦሮሞ ልዩ ሃይል ወደ ትግራይ ተልኳል የተባለው በከፊል የማታለያ ስልቱ ነው። የማይፈልጓቸውን፤ ምናልባት ከሌላ ብሔሮች ጋር የተዳቀሉትን ‘ኦሮሞዎች’ መርጠው በመላክ እነርሱንም ሊያስጨርሷቸው ስላቀዱ ነው። የኦሮሞ ልዩ ኃይል ከናዝሬት አዳማ አይነቃነቅም። “ኦነግ ሸኔ፣ የኦሮሞ ነፃ አውጭ ሰራዊት፣ ጃል መሮ ቅብርጥሴ” የሚባለው ሁሉም የግራኝ፣ የሽመልስ፣ የለማ እና የጃዋር ኃይሎች ናቸው። “በምዕራብ ወለጋ ውጊያ አለ፣ የኤርትራ ሰራዊት ኦሮሚያ ገባ…” ሲሉ የነበረውም ነገር ሁሉ የማያልቀው ውሸታቸው አካል ነው። ሐቁ ግን በእዚያ ወታደራዊ ልምምድ ነው የሚያደርጉት፣ ኤርትራውያኑም አሰልጣኞቻቸው ናቸው። ያው የትግራይ መከላከያ ሰአራዊት ብቻውን እየተዋጋ አዲስ አበባን ለመያዝ ሲቃረብ፤ “ከአዲስ አበባ በሰላሳ ኪሎሜትር እርቀት ላይ እንገኛለን” ሲሉ የነበሩት ኦሮሞዎቹ አሁን ፀጥ ለጥ ብለዋል። እንግዲህ እንደለመዱት እኛም ተዋግተን ነበር፣ ታስረናል፣ ተሰውተናል ቅብርጥሴ” በማለት የ“ፊንፊኔ ኬኛ” ሕልማቸውን ዕውን ለማድረግ ሲሉ የሚሰሩት ድራማ መሆኑ ነው። “ትግሬ ሞኝ ነው፤ ያኔም መቶ ሺህ ልጆቹን ገብሮ የማይገባንን ሰፊ ግዛት ሰጥቶናል፤ ዛሬም በሚሊየን የሚቆጠሩ ልጆቹን ገብሮ እስከ ወሎ ያለውን ግዛት ለእኛ ይሰጠናል፤ ‘ራያ ኬኛ!’።” የሚል ጽኑ እመንት ያላቸው ምስጋና ቢሶች፣ እራስ ወዳዶችና ከንቱዎች ናቸው። ዛሬ ኦሮሞዎች የሚመሩት ጽንፈኛ ኃይል በትግራይ ሕዝብ ላይ ከፈጸመው ወደረ-የለሽ ግፍ በኋላ በዚህ ሃፍረተ-ቢስ የኦሮሞ ምኞት የሚታለል የትግራይ ልጅ ይኖራል ብዬ አላምንም።

አሁን በተለይ የትግራያን፣ የአማርን እና ኦሮሞ ያልሆኑ የደቡብ ሕዝቦችን በትግራይ እና አማራ ግዛት እንዲሰባሰቡ ካደረጉ በኋላ የቱርክን ወይም የኤሚራቶችን ድሮኖች ከኤርትራ ግዛት ለመጠቀም የወሰኑ ይመስላሉ፤ ኢሳያስም ወታደሮቹን ከትግራይ ያስወጣውና ጸጥ ያለውም ይህን የጭፍጨፋ ቴክኖሎጂ አጋጣሚ በመጠባበቅ ላይ ስለሆነ ይመስላል። የእርሱም ሰአራዊት አልቋልና።

በጣናው እምቦጭም የሳውዲዎች፣ የአላሙዲን እና የግራኝ እጅ እንዳለበት ከሁለት ዓመታት በፊት ጽፌ ነበር። ግራኝ የትግራይን ሕዝብ “እንቦጭ፣ ነቀርሳ፣ የቀን ጅብ፣ ዶሮ ወዘተ” ማለቱ፤ እነ አገኘው ተሻገር ደግሞ “የትግራይ ሕዝብ የኢትዮጵያ ጠላት ነው! ቅብርጥሴ” ማለታቸው የተለመደውን የዓለማችን ፈላጭ ቆራጮች ፋሺስቶችን ስልት መጠቀማቸው ነው፤ ሕዝብን ለጅምላ ጭፍጨፋ ለማመቻቸት/ Conditioning

👉“የመናፍቃን ጂሃድ | በተዋሕዶ ትግራይ ላይ እንዲህ ተዘጋጅተው ነበር የዘመቱት”

🔥 ፪ሺ፲/2010 .

አሸባሪው ግራኝ አብዮት አህመድ አሊ ልክ ስልጣኑን እንደያዘ፤ ለሰሜኑ ጦርነት የሰውን ህሊና ያዘጋጁት ዘንድ በዚህ መልክ ተውነዋል አዲስ የዓለም ስርዓት ኢሉሚናቲ የዘመን መጨረሻ ሰይጣናዊ የማለማመጃ ቅድመ ሁኔታ

(NWO Illuminati Endtime Satanic Conditioning)

ከመገንባት ይልቅ ማፍረስ የሚቀላቸው አረመኔዎቹ ግራኝ አብዮት አህመድ አሊ እና ጭፍሮቹ በእሳት ባፋጣኝ እስካልተጠረጉ ድረስ በትግራይ እና አማራ ግዛቶች የሰበሰባቸውን ኦሮሞ ያልሆኑ ሕዝቦች፤ በተለይ የትግራይን እና የአማራን ተዋሕዶ ክርስቲያኖችን ሙሉ በሙሉ ከማጥፋት፣ ገዳማቱን እና ዓብያተ ክርስቲያናቱን ከማፈራረስ አይመለሱም፤ የሁልጊዜው ፀረክርስቶሳዊው ህልማቸው፤ እስላማዊት ኩሽ ኦሮሚያናትና።

💭 የሚከተለውን ቪዲዮ እና ጽሑፍ አምና እና ከ፪ ዓመት በፊት ልክ በዚህ ወቅት አቅርቤ ነበር፤ በዚህ ለጽዮን ልጆች የማስጠንቀቂያ መልዕክት ለማስተላለፍ ሞክሬ ነበር፤ ዛሬም በጽኑ ላስጠነቅቅ እወዳለሁ።

👉 France24 | አብዮት አህመድ ሰሜን ኢትዮጵያውያንን እንደ አፄ ኃይለ ሥላሴ በርሃብ ሊቀጣቸው ነው

👉 የሚከተለው አምና ልክ በዚህ ሳምንት የቀረበ ጽሑፍ ነው፦

ግራኝ ዐቢይ ከሜንጫ ወደ ሚሳኤል ተሸጋገረ | ሰሜን ኢትዮጵያን ለመደብደብ ተዋጊ አውሮፕላኖችን ሊሸምት ነው

ርኩሱ ግራኝ ዐቢይ አህመድ ድኻውን ህዝባችንን ማስራብ፣ ማፈናቀል፣ ማቃጠልና ማረድ አልበቃውም። ይህ ሰይጣን በዓለም ታይቶ የማይታወቅ በጣም እርኩስ የሆነ ፋሺስታዊ ምኞትና ዕቅድ እንዳለው ሆኖ ነው የሚሰማኝ። በኢትዮጵያና ተዋሕዶ ላይ ያለው ጥላቻ በጣም ከፍተኛ ነው፤ ይህ ስሜቱ ከዚህ በፊት ያልተሠራ ታሪክ ለመስራት ከፍተኛ ጉጉት እንዲኖረው ይገፋፈዋል። እኔ በእርሱ ቦታ ብሆን የሚሰማኝ፤ “ሌላ ማንም ኃያል ጠላት ያቃተውን እኔ አደርገዋለሁ፤ ከሁሉ እበልጣለሁ! ይህች አጋጣሚ አትገኝም፣ ታሪክ ከእኔ ጋር ናት፣ ጀብደኛ አቋም መያዝ አለብኝ” ብሎ እንደሚያስብ ነው።

ህወሃቶች ከአጠራቀሙት አሮጌ የጦር መሳሪያ ጋር በትግራይ ተኝተዋል። ሳይተኩሱ እንደሸሹ ሳይተኩሱ ይሞታሉ። በሚቀጥሉት ዓመታት ጦርነት ቢቀሰቀስ እንኳን በቂ ጥይትና መለዋወጫ የማያገኙበት በርና መስኮት ሁሉ ዝግ ስለሆነ መሳሪያ ሁሉ ዝጎ ይወድቃል። በዙሪያቸው ሁሉም አዋሻኝ ድንበር ዝግ ስለሆነም አዳዲስ መሳሪያዎችን ለማግኘት አይችሉም። ገንዘቡስ ከየት ይገኛል? በሌላ በኩል ግን ያው እየቀለቡ ያሳደጉት አዞ፡ ዐቢይ አህመድ ለሕዳሴው ግድብ መዋል ከሚገባውና ከድኻው አፍ ተነጥቆ በተገኘው፤ እንዲሁም አረብ ሞግዚቶቹ ባጎረሱት ገንዘብ ዘመናዊ የጦር መሣሪዎችን ከግብረሰዶማዊው ፍቅረኛው ማክሮን ለመግዛት በመዘጋጀት ላይ ነው። ምክኒያት ፈጥሮና ተዋጊ አውሮፕላን አብራሪዎችን ከግብጽ በማስመጣት ሰሜን ኢትዮጵያውያንን በአየር ለመጨፍጨፍ እየተዘጋጀ ነው፤ አዎ! እየመጣላችሁ ነው። የኖቤል ሽልማቱ የጭፍጨፋ ዋስትናው ነው!

ጂቡቲን የሰረቀችን አልበቃትም፡ ዛሬ ደግሞ ፈረንሳይ የሰሜኑን ሕዝበ ለማስጨፍጨፍ ተዋጊ አውሮፕላኖችንና ሚሳየሎችን ታቀብላለች። የራሱን ሃገር ታሪካዊ ካቴድራል ለማቃጠል የደፈረው የፈረንሳይ ፕሬዚደንት ማክሮን ያለምኪኒያት ወደ ላሊበላ አልተጓዘም።

ሆኖም ዕቅዳቸው ሁሉ ይከሽፋል፤ ዐቢይ፣ ለማ፣ ጃዋር፣ ሽመልስ,ታከለ፣ ማክሮን እና መሀመድ ሁሉም በኤርታ አሌ እሳተ ገሞራ ይቀቀላሉ።

አባ ዘ-ወንጌል ይህን ነግረውናል፦

በአራቱም አቅጣጫ ኢትዮጵያ ትወረራለች። ሰላም በማስከበር በሚል ሰበብም በ፪/2 ሃያላን ሀገራት የሚመሩ ሰባት የሙስሊም ሀገራት በኢትዮጵያ ምድር ላይ እሳት ያዘንባሉ። በአሰብ ወደብ ላይ በልዩ ሁኔታ የተከማቸው የጦር መሣሪያ በኢትዮጵያ ምድር ላይ እንደበረዶ ይዘንባል። ብዙ ፍጅትም ይሆናል። ኦርቶዶክሳውያን በያሉበት፣ በየተገኙበት እንደከብት ይታረዳሉ። የኢትዮጵያ ምድር በደም ትጨቀያለች። የደም ጎርፍ፣ የደም አበላ በምድሪቱ ላይ ይፈሳል።”

🔥 ዒላማዎች፦

👉 አክሱም

👉 ላሊበላ

👉 ጎንደር

👉 ባሕር ዳር / ጣና ገዳማት

👉 ዋልድባ

👉 ደብረ ዳሞ

👉 አስመራ

👉 መቀሌ

👉 ግሸን ማርያም

👉 ሕዳሴ ግድብ

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Churches and Mosques In Tigray ‘Vandalised & Looted’ | Christian Heritage is Being Extinguished

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on January 17, 2021

👉 የኢትዮጵያ የክርስትና ቅርስ እየጠፋ ነው ሲሉ ባለሙያዎች ይናገራሉ!

👉Experts say Ethiopia’s Christian heritage is being extinguished„

ስንቱ ከአረመኔው ግራኝ አህመድ አሊ ጋር የተሰለፈና “በለው! ያዘው! ግደለው!”፣ ‘ኢትዮጵያዊ ነኝ፣ ተዋሕዶ ክርስቲያን ነኝ’ ባይ ወገን አሁን እየተደሰተ ይሆን?። እግዚአብሔር ይይላችሁ

The Telegraph UK

Some manuscripts dating to the 13th century may have been stolen and burned in ‘cultural cleansing’

Churches and mosques in Ethiopia are being attacked and their sacred treasures looted in a catastrophic conflict in the northern Tigray region that is causing destruction, loss of life and a surge of refugees to Sudan, according to international experts.

They are warning of historical vandalism and “cultural cleansing”, fearing that religious sites have not been exempt from shelling and that a nation is being robbed of its ancient religious heritage, to the distress of Ethiopians of all faiths.

There are reports of Christian manuscripts being stolen from churches and monasteries, and burned – with some manuscripts as old as the 13th century – and of historic Muslim sites being damaged and looted. They include the building housing the tombs of 12 of Muhammad’s companions, beside the Al-Nejashi Mosque at Negash, north of Wuqro – the most important Muslim pilgrim site in East Africa.

“This is cultural cleansing,” warned Michael Gervers, a professor of history at the University of Toronto.

“The government and the Eritreans want to wipe out the Tigrayan culture. They think they’re better than rest of the people in the country. The looting is about destroying and removing the cultural presence of Tigray. We don’t know where it’s going yet. One of the first reports I had is that manuscripts were being driven south… They’re emptying the physical evidence of culture from the province.”

On 4 November, Ethiopia’s prime minister, Abiy Ahmed – who received the Nobel peace prize for ending a war with neighbouring Eritrea – ordered a military response to an attack by Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) forces on a military camp in the region. Both the Ethiopian and Eritrean governments have denied reports that Eritrean forces are in Tigray.

The United Nations has warned of mass killings in Tigray, as concern has grown for the safety of the refugees. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, said office had received allegations of international humanitarian law and human rights law violations, including artillery strikes on populated areas, the deliberate targeting of civilians, extrajudicial killings and widespread looting.

Christianity arrived in the ancient Aksumite kingdom, with its centre in today’s Tigray, in the 4th century. Although Muslims founded their first mosque outside Mecca there in the early time of Muhammad, the community of Tigrayan Muslims is today a well-established minority. Tigray is home to thousands of churches and monasteries, with the oldest carved into rock-faces. Christian texts written in the classical language, Ge’ez, are among hundreds of thousands of sacred manuscripts in Ethiopia.

Prof Gervers spoke to the Telegraph about the “deplorable situation in Tigray”: “I know the province well, having worked there occasionally between 1982 and 1993, and annually since 2000. My objective has been to examine archaeological sites and to document Christian antiquities.”

Experts say Ethiopia’s Christian heritage is being extinguished

With a media blackout and local people frightened to talk, verifying reports is difficult, he said: “But I have heard that the ancient Muslim tomb at Negash has been badly damaged and the Amanuel church, which has sat on the top of a pinnacle for centuries, has been damaged through shelling. Around 800 Ge’ez manuscripts were looted from the Shire region… The list goes on. A Belgian team… managed to reach the town of Shire, where they videotaped a tank covered with looted goods.”

Dr Wolbert Smidt, a German academic who has long worked on historical sites in Tigray, said that “attacks and battles around, at and nearby such sites, show a very great danger for them”.

Referring to unverified reports of shootings around the most ancient and sacred church of Ethiopian Christianity, Maaryam Zion in Aksum – which is said to hold the Ark of the Covenant – and the attack on the tomb at Negash, he spoke of his shock that two of the most sacred sites for both Christians and Muslims have been targeted, perhaps from a “desire to attack places important for the local identity”.

He added that breaking “the traditional rule of sacred places being absolute sanctuaries” is a tragedy, both for an “already deeply-shocked local population” and the world’s heritage.

Prof Gervers said: “I’ve not heard more than rumours about the looting of the Arc from Maaryam Zion, but if it’s true that up to 750 died defending it, it is conceivable that the attackers didn’t stop there.”

ፓትርያርኮች አቡነ ማቲያስ እና መርቆርዮስ ባካችሁ የሚሊየን ክርስቲያን ሰልፍ በአዲስ አበባ ባፋጣኝ ጥሩ!!!

The International Tigrayan Muslims Association expressed outrage over the attack on the Al-Nejashi Mosque.

Prof Gervers called for “an intervention by whichever international power can pressure the Ethiopian government to lay off its onslaught”. He added: “To date, no one seems able or ready to step forward and call foul. If world powers stay aloof, it seems to suggest that they agree with what is going on.”

In an open letter of 13 January, academics from Hamburg University voiced alarm, calling for “the warring parties to abstain from attacking the cultural heritage and to respect the integrity of the places, both religious and secular”.

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ታዋቂው ፎቶ አንሺ ገዳማቶቻችንን ከጎበኘ በኋላ | “እዚያ ኃይል እንዳለ ይሰማችኋል”

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on December 25, 2018

ዝነኛው ብራዚላዊ ፎቶ አንሺ ሴባስቲአዎ ሳልጋዶ እነዚያ ቅዱሳን ተራራ ላይ የሚገኙትን ገዳማት ከጎበኘ በኋላ ነበር ይህን የተናገረው። ድንቅ የሆኑት ፎቶዎቹ ይህን ይመሰክራሉ።

In every step we discovered new things,” Salgado explains. You feel the power there.

A Legendary Photographer Visits an Isolated Christian Community in Ethiopia High in the mountains of eastern Africa, an ancient way of life continues apace

We were very tired,” Sebastião Salgado recalls. He was on a 500-mile, 55-day hike though some of the most inaccessible passages in the Ethiopian highlands, a region known as the roof of Africa, where the elevations range from a few thousand feet to almost 15,000. “We had to climb, to climb, to climb,” he says in his Portuguese-accented English. Finally he and his porters and guides reached a village. “It was about 2 p.m., very hot. Very few people.”

But “slowly, slowly people start to come out,” says Salgado, one of the world’s premier photographers. Among the villagers were “two ladies with a kind of basin, wood basin, and with water. They came beside my feet, they took off my boots, my socks, and they washed my feet. Oh boy, I felt the humility of the beginning of the Christians.”

This sacred encounter, reminiscent of the biblical scene in which Jesus washes the feet of his disciples, was a highlight of the extraordinary journey that led Salgado to create the pictures on these pages. They commemorate a people’s profound connection to both the heavens and the earth.

It was 2008, and Salgado, a native of Brazil, was 64 years old. His monumental projects Workers (1993) and Migrations (2000) had established his pre-eminence as a chronicler of conflict, dislocation and environmental degradation. Then, as an antidote to despair, he embarked on an eight-year quest involving some 30 trips all over the globe to seek out places and peoples untouched by modernity, including the highlanders of Ethiopia.

Why would a man risk his 64-year-old knees on terrain so difficult that it killed five of his expedition’s rented donkeys? “In every step we discovered new things,” Salgado explains. “You feel the power there.”

The highlands hold traces of ancient Jewish communities, though most of Ethiopia’s Jews emigrated to Israel in the 1980s and ’90s to escape famine, persecution and civil war. Some of the world’s oldest Christian communities persist there, populated by the spiritual descendants of an Ethiopian court official who, according to the New Testament, was converted to the faith a few years after the death of Christ. Today, Ethiopian Orthodox Christians make up 44 percent of the country’s population; Sunni Muslims, who are concentrated in the east, make up 34 percent.

Sectarian and civil conflict still wrack other parts of Ethiopia, but not this one. Setting out from Lalibela, with its 11 renowned monolithic medieval churches, Salgado headed southeast and then turned northwest, to Simien Mountains National Park. Some people he had consulted before his trip advised him to hire armed guards, so he did. “Two guys with Kalashnikovs,” he says. “After one week we sent them back, because we felt that the people would take this as an offense. When you come to a place, everyone brings a gift to you, they are so kind.”

He, too, brought gifts—knives and tools to trade for lamb meat to supplement the food he packed in for himself and his retinue of 17 guides, porters and donkey-tenders. So few people tread the path they took that “we had no guide capable to come with us from the beginning to the end,” he says. When one guide’s knowledge of the way ahead ran out, Salgado hired someone who could pick up the trail. With local expertise, plus a GPS-equipped satellite telephone, they stayed on track. With solar panels, he kept his phone and camera batteries charged. But above all else, he says, he valued his hiking shoes.

The highland villages are so far removed from the rest of the world, Salgado says, that in most of them he was the first outsider to visit in memory. And they’re so cut off from one another that they speak different dialects. “But they are linked by the same God,” he says. “These communities are Christians from the beginning of time.” In these communities, he saw churches fashioned from caves, Bibles written on animal skins and traditions that reflect Christianity’s Judaic roots, such as forgoing milk and meat on Wednesdays and Fridays. He was especially taken with the highlanders’ terraced farms: “I looked at all this incredible, sophisticated agriculture, I said, ‘We had these 10,000 years ago.’”

For him, the villages bespeak a continuity over millennia, and the landscape—with its blazing shafts of sunlight and a river-carved canyon deeper, at points, than the Grand Canyon—inspires a connection to eons past.

That river, the Tekezé, ultimately nourished the Blue Nile Delta, hundreds of miles away. “All that fertile land energy came from there, eroded from there,” Salgado says, “and boy, me walking there, seeing this, doing my task inside the beginning of our history, was something amazing, amazing, amazing, amazing.”

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Elder Paisios’ Amazing Prophecies About Constantinople

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on February 20, 2013

The famous Greek Monk, Elder Paisios, who was recently mentioned by the Wall Street Journal, made the following remarkable, and likely-to-happen prophesies about the City of Constantinople (modern day Istanbul).

“The Russians will soon take Turkey. The Chinese will cross the Euphrates. Providence tells me that many events will happen: The Russians will take Turkey and Turkey will disappear from the world map because a third of the Turks will become Christians, another third will die in the war and another third will leave for Mesopotamia.

The Mid-East will become a theater of a war in which the Russians will take place. Much blood will be spilled. The sign that this event is approaching will be the destruction of the Mosque of Omar, for its destruction will mark the beginning of work by the Jews to rebuild the Temple of Solomon, which was built on the same spot. There will be a great war between Russians and Europeans, and much blood will be spilled.

Greece won’t play a leading role in that war, but they’ll give her back Constantinople. Not because the Russians adore the Greeks, but because no better solution will be found. The city will be handed over to the Greek Army even before it has a chance to get there.”

Short Biography of Elder Paisios of the Holy Mountains

• Elder Paisios was born in Farasa in Cappadocia, Asia Minor on 25 July 1924.OB-VN687_GKMYST_GV_20121202201332

• He was baptised by St Arsenios the Cappadocian on 7 August 1924.

• After the Greco-Turkish War he emigrated with his family to Epirus, Greece in September 1924.

• He worked as a carpenter in Konitsa, Epirus after completing elementary education.

• In 1945 he was drafted into the army and served during the years of the civil war until 1949 as a radio operator.

• In 1949 he went to Mount Athos to become a monk. He stayed for a few months and returned to his family because his mind was on his sisters who were still unmarried.

• In 1950 he went back to Mount Athos and in 1954 he was tonsured a monk.

• In 1956 his spiritual father, Elder Symeon at Philotheou Monastery gave him the name “Paisios”.

• In 1958 he was asked to go to Stomio in Konitsa.

• In 1962 he went to Sinai for 2 years.

• In 1964 he returned to Mount Athos.

• In 1966 he founded the Monastery of St John the Theologian in Sourote, Thessalonki, Greece which he also guided spiritually for 28 years, from 1967-1994 – which also contains the miraculous relics of St Arsenios of Cappadocia.

• He fell asleep on 12 July 1994.

Elder Paisios’s GiftsMtAthos

While still alive, Elder Paisios was considered a saint by many. There are hundreds of signed witnesses of miracles he performed.

On the Holy Mountain he practised asceticism. The gifts God adorned him with were many:-

(a) Gift of healing – he healed many people from diverse illnesses, cancers, paralytics from birth, etc.

(b) Gift of taking out demons – from people.

(c) Gift of foreknowledge – to many he had told events which would happen to them in the future on a personal level but also prophesised future developments in history.

(d) Gift of clairvoyance – he knew the heart of each person deeper and more clearly than the person himself. For this reason, he also counselled correctly and with precision and each one listened to the word which he needed to hear.

(e) Gift of discretion of spirits – he knew with exactitude if a spiritual event was from God or from the devil who was trying to deceive and lead astray.

(f) Gift of discretion of God’s will – he knew in each case what God’s will was and if he ought to reveal it or not.

(g) Gift of theology – from the many spiritual experiences he had with saints, with angels, with the Virgin Mary, but also with visions of uncreated light, not once, but many times. He had truly become a theologian and deeply knew God’s mysteries.

(h) Gift of love – he had love for everyone, without limits, with absolute self-sacrifice. A love on fire, sweet, almighty, divine. It was this love which gathered people around him. Hundreds of people visited him daily in his cell. The elder gathered the pain, the agony and the problems of the people and gave a solution, joy and peace. He intervened miraculously with divine authority and solved the unsolvable. The Elder was a gift of God to people.

The Elder’s Teachings

MtAthos31. “Before you do something, think what Christ wants you to; then act accordingly. Ask for God’s guidance.”

2. “Do not look at what people do, or examine how, and why they do it.”

3. “Perverse thoughts separate men from God. Our aim is to totally submit our mind to the grace of God.”

4. “If one lives in the world of his pride, that is, his own thoughts, he is filled with illusions and he is in danger. He must ignore both positive and negative thoughts and always confess to his spiritual father, and obey whatever he tells him. He should only trust him and not in his own thoughts.”

5. “As long as man humbly thinks of himself, God’s grace remains with him and protects him.”

6. “In our days, people have lost control over their lives and they do not know what they are doing. They do not wish to be guided. They want to live undisturbed, following their own freewill, which will eventually bring them to total destruction. He becomes deceived. He experiences and interprets everything by using his own logic. Instead of God’s grace, human logic rules his life and his mind is in “confusion”.”

7. “If a passion rules our lives it is because we consent to it. If we remain enslaved by it, we do it because we love our passion and want to be a slave to it. The moment we hate the passion and direct our love towards to God, we immediately become free.”

8. “”Purification” requires the soul to be pure and clean from our own will; to abandon our own will to the will of God. To humble our will and elevate God’s will.”

9. “”Obedience” means not to have a will at all and obey your spiritual father.”

10. “”Philotimo” is the reverent distillation of goodness, the radiant love of the humble man bereft of himself, but a heart full of gratitude to God and his fellow man, and because of spiritual sensitivity he tries to repay even the slightest good which others do to him.”

11. “A person who asks for miracles, in order to believe in God, lacks dignity. If God wishes he could make everyone believe with miracles. But he does not do so because he does not want to exercise force on man’s free will; man will then end up believing in God, not out of gratefulness or due to God’s excessive kindness, but due to his “supernatural power”.”

12. “Our saints had divine justice instead of human justice. When we neglect our spirituality and instead take to court people who treat us unjustly, we consider our material possessions and our pride more valuable than the salvation of our soul.”

13. “Divine Providence is the care that comes from God. He looks after the tiniest detail of the smallest of his creatures. His providence will take care of everything in our lives if we reject everything and become wholly and undistractingly devoted to his love.”

14. “We should constantly and unceasingly repeat The Jesus Prayer. Only the name of Jesus must remain inside our heart and mind. When we neglect our prayer, that is our communication with God, then the devil finds the chance to confuse us with negative thoughts.”

15. “When God sees that we are proud and arrogant, he allows for the presence of afflictions and temptations in our life. He will take them away from us when He sees that we have humbled ourselves.”

16. “Hell and paradise do exist. Our soul experiences both, as they are spiritual states and not places where fires are burning, or birds are singing. The soul experiences fear, terror, agony, anxiety, despair and disappointment. If it has been separated from God in this life. It experiences hell – a torturing experience. Hell is not a place where souls are boiling inside cauldrons, but rather a state is which the soul will be found after the separation from the body. Then, you will realise the truth and suffer tremendously for not believing in Christ and his preaching on life after death. The soul will more intensively feel the guilt for its actions and experience these unpleasant feelings of fear, terror, despair, etc. It becomes a place of hell. The same applies to paradise as well, your soul is filled with joy and love.”

The teachings outlined above are only a short summary of Elder Paisios’s spiritual knowledge and wisdom. Christians who take the time to read this book and put Elder Paisios’s counsels into practice will benefit significantly. “Blessed are they who live the word and not those who only hear it or read it.”

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P.S: The Image shows Mount Athos or Agion Oros, as it is locally known, which is the oldest surviving monastic community in the world. It dates back more than a thousand years, to Byzantine times. It is a unique monastic republic, which, although part of Greece, it is governed by its own local administration.

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The 10 Most Marvelous Monasteries of Ethiopia

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on April 21, 2012

1. Waldeba Monastery

2. Debre Libanos Monastery

3. Debre Damo Monastery

4. Abba Giorgis Monastery

5. Lake Tana Monasteries

6. Lake Ziway Monasteries

7. Lake Hayq Estifanos Monastery

8.  Mehur Eyesus / Debre Besrat Monasteries

9. Getesemani Nunnery

10. Asebot Monastery

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Axum & Lalibela — Bedrock of Art and Faith

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The Tenth Saint

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on April 19, 2012

 

by D. J. Niko

In her first novel, D. J. Niko establishes Sarah Weston as an appealing character who can easily be carried through the two additional novels already under contract. A fine addition to the growing genre of archeological thrillers, “The Tenth Saint” benefits from Niko’s persuasive handling of Sarah’s tenacious personality, the remote and exotic Ethiopian setting, conspiracy theories, and romance. Somewhat less persuasive is the time travel element, but that, too, remains at least intriguing.

Born to wealth and privilege, Cambridge University archeologist Sarah Weston has long shed any debutante sensibilities she may have had. As she leads her research team in a remote mountain area, the ancient kingdom of Aksum, Ethiopia, Sarah faces physical risk and hardship unflinchingly. Unexpectedly, she comes across a sealed tomb and unusual inscriptions.

Assisted by American anthropologist Daniel Madigan, she strives to translate the inscriptions and identify the tomb – which is somehow connected with the Coptic Christians and their saintly mystics. The clues take them to Addis Ababa, monasteries in Lalibela (a holy city), and to an underground library housing a codex that is the key to the mysteries of the past – and possibly to those of the future.

Ms. Niko’s narration alternates between the ongoing present that traces Sarah’s hazardous investigation and a remote past (4th century CE) in which an individual at first unidentified and suffering from amnesia is eventually revealed to be the tenth saint of Coptic tradition. He is a Caucasian westerner named Gabriel who has somehow turned up all but entombed under desert sands. Discovered and nursed to health by Bedouins, he becomes part of their community, mastering their medicinal lore. After five years, it becomes clear that he must move on to pursue his gradually revealed mission.

The messages left behind by Gabriel – and echoed by a 14th-century letter which is given to Sarah in Paris – involve poetic prophecies of an apocalypse brought on by human endeavors. There are references, in particular, not only to climate change but also to dangerous initiatives to control its consequences. While some would wish the apocalyptic vision revealed, others would wish that it remain hidden. Powerful vested interests, including those of Sarah’s father, are at work. What Sarah and Daniel discover brings them many more enemies than friends. . .

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Ethiopian Monasteries – Relevant or Relic?

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on December 1, 2010

The Ethiopian Orthodox Church is struggling to maintain its monastic traditions in the wake of the Marxist nationalization of monastic properties in the late twentieth century.

Under Marxist Derg rule, which lasted until 1991, the government seized and redistributed church-owned land,” ONE Magazine reports. “Monasteries, which traditionally operated relatively large farms, were forced to forfeit much of their property and, as a result, lost their economic sustainability. Stripped of their resources, monks and nuns also surrendered their vital roles as producers, employers, educators and leaders in their communities.”

0.8% of Ethiopia’s 77.2 million people are Catholic, according to Vatican statistics; 51% are Ethiopian Orthodox, 33% are Muslim, and 10% are Protestant. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church ceased to be in communion with the Holy See following the Council of Chalcedon in 451.

Sunrise at the Meskaye Hizunan Medhane Alem Monastery in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital and largest city, feels anything but contemplative. A cacophony of roaring bus and car engines interrupts the early morning calm. A blur of red brake lights eclipses the rising sun’s soft rays. The compound, which includes a church and an elementary and high school, sits at the heart of the bustling Sidist Kilo neighborhood, home to Addis Ababa University’s main campus. The neighborhood’s urban energy is palpable, even when the city has barely awakened.

Inside the church, worshipers and monks have filled the pews to celebrate the day’s first liturgy. Chants drown out the noise of the street. Incense meanders through the candlelit nave.

As the service concludes, Abbot Melake Girmai leads the monks to the monastery’s refectory. A small army of kitchen staff serves a hearty breakfast — fluffy white injera (spongy bread made from teff), wat (a traditional vegetable and meat stew), fruit, coffee and tea.

Though hardly the lap of luxury, the monks at this urban religious house enjoy comforts unthinkable in the far more ascetic rural monasteries for which Ethiopian Orthodoxy has long been known.

No one bears witness better to this contrast than Abba Kidane Mariam Arega, who has just arrived in the capital from the rural Georgis of Gasicha Monastery in Wollo. He is on his way to visit old friends at the Ziquala Monastery, a day’s journey from Addis Ababa.

Before dawn the next day, Abba Kidane sets out for Mount Ziquala, an extinct volcano whose peak is home to the monastery. For the next two hours, he drives along the dusty highway that cuts through the golden plains of Ethiopia’s Rift Valley.

Little by little, the sun’s morning rays illuminate the landscape. Nearing Mount Ziquala, the two-mile-high peak casts a wide shadow on the valley. As the sun climbs above the mount, its shadow gradually draws back as though a stage curtain, revealing an ageless vignette — peasants with donkeys tending their fields.

Arriving at the base of the mountain, Abba Kidane pulls into Wanbere Mariam, a small farming village whose outward appearances have not changed in centuries. Only pop music pulsating from an unidentifiable source situates it in the new millennium.

The drive may be over, but the journey is certainly not. The summit of the mountain may only be reached by hiking three hours on a winding trail. Despite the steep, rocky terrain, the monk displays no physical strain, even as his flowing black cassock absorbs the sun’s now blistering rays. The trail’s switchbacks steepen as they climb the mountain; the thick shrubs give way to forest.

Finally, the trail levels out and opens onto a swath of terraced fields. Sweeping panoramic views of the countryside are visible in almost every direction. A weathered sign welcomes visitors to the Ziquala Monastery, where some 230 monks and 120 nuns make their home.

As do Ethiopia’s better known monasteries — Debra Damo in Tigray, Debra Libanos in Shoa and Debra Hayk in Wello — Ziquala exemplifies Ethiopia’s ancient monastic tradition. Its remoteness and the communal and strictly ascetic lifestyle of its residents recall Ethiopia’s first monasteries, which appeared in the fifth century.


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