Drinking "fermented water" in Bahir Dar

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Bahir Dar is a dirt-ridden city on the shores of Lake Tana in north Ethiopia.  Legend says that the original ‘Arc of the Covenant’ was taken from the 2nd Temple in Jerusalem to Axum, Ethiopia and was hidden on an island in Bahir Dar for over 800 years.  The Arc is in Axum (see my Axum photos) and Bahir Dar is now home to a plethora of Ethiopian Christian Orthodox churches. 

 

I took a boat with my friend Adena to one of the islands to see one of the churches.  We got lucky!!  We were pleasantly surprised to arrive at the “Church of Mary” on the day of the holy celebration of the ‘resurrection of Mary’.

Inside the church.
  And, while we were inside the church, we nicely interrupted by drums and chanting outside.  As we went to observe, we were instantly enveloped by a loud and festive parade filled with young Ethiopians dancing, marching, drumming and singing.  We were literally taken downstream like a current in a river.  It was a beautiful experience.  I will try to post video to share.  These tribes were covered in white.  And, the priests wore enormous bronze crowns on their heads. 

 

When the parade ended we were invited by a local into his family’s home to eat and drink.  We accepted and spent an hour inside a villager’s home.  We age Tef (sponge bread with meat) and fresh home-brewed beer (fermented water).  If there is ONE thing you don’t do in remote areas of 3rd world countries, it is drink “fermented water”.  But, this beer was made with holy water and blessed by their god.  So, we didn’t get sick!!!  Amazing.

 

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Is that Bob?
Is that Bob?
Inside the church.
Inside the church.
local women
local women
Inside the church.
Inside the church.
Locals on a Lake Tana island
Locals on a Lake Tana island
That is supposed to be comfortable.
That is supposed to be comfortable.
Nice crown!
Nice crown!
The celebration of the ressurectio…
The celebration of the ressurecti…
The celebration of the ressurectio…
The celebration of the ressurecti…
The celebration of the ressurectio…
The celebration of the ressurecti…
The local blind priest
The local blind priest
me with the local blind priest.
me with the local blind priest.
Adena and me with the local blind …
Adena and me with the local blind…
Invited into a local families hous…
Invited into a local families hou…
Adena driving the boat.
Adena driving the boat.
Entering the village
Entering the village
Inside the church.
Inside the church.
Inside the church.
Inside the church.
Inside the church.
Inside the church.
from the inside of the church.
from the inside of the church.
Into the shadow
Into the shadow
In the streets of Bahir Dar.
In the streets of Bahir Dar.
The Pepsi delivery man
The Pepsi delivery man
Delivery men everywhere...
Delivery men everywhere...
Local hairstyle
Local hairstyle
The barber.
The barber.
Adena with our local guide
Adena with our local guide
Bahir Dar
photo by: alexchan