The Queen of Sheba

Axum Travel Blog

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beautiful child.

The Queen of Sheba was from Axum, Ethiopia.  She was African (obviously) and around 1083 BC, she traveled to Jerusalem where she had sex with King Solomon.  She gave birth to a little boy and named him Melenik.  As a young man, Melenik brought 12,000 Israelites through north Africa from Jerusalem to Ethiopia - which explains the strong Jewish influence in today's Ethiopian culture.  King Melenik eventually became the King of Ethiopia.  This monarchy that descended from the Queen of Sheba remained in power in Ethiopia until 1974 when Haile Salassie passed away.

Haile Selassie's original name is Ras Tafari.  Yes - say it fast: Rastafari!  He is the origin of Rastafarianism.

Local woman carrying water for several kilometers...
  In the 60's Ras Tafari (or Haile Salassie) traveled to Jamaica where there had been a long drought and severe poverty.  A respected Jamaican journalist had written a column saying a black leader would come and save the people.  The day Haile Selassie (Ras Tafari) arrived, it began to rain. and rain. and rain.  He spoke to the people and promised aid from his country of Ethiopia.  In addition, he gave a portion of his land in central Ethiopia to all Jamaicans - for free.  This began a deep and spiritual belief in his holiness, Ras Tafari.  And don't forget that he is a direct descendent of the Queen of Sheba.  THIS is why you will see the symbol for "the star of David" represented in most Rastafarian symbolism.

My photos are of a two-day visit to Axum, Ethiopia.  Enjoy.

skimonty83 says:
I like the background knowledge. Thanks
Posted on: Mar 26, 2008
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beautiful child.
beautiful child.
Local woman carrying water for sev…
Local woman carrying water for se…
I hate flying.  THIS doesnt help …
I hate flying. THIS doesn't help…
This church is guarding THE ORIGI…
This church is guarding "THE ORIG…
In front of the church where Arc o…
In front of the church where Arc …
Ethiopian time - and NORMAL time. …
Ethiopian time - and NORMAL time.…
Beautiful purple Jacaranda trees.
Beautiful purple Jacaranda trees.
local store
local store
Getting through town...
Getting through town...
Crazy Ethiopian Airlines.
Crazy Ethiopian Airlines.
A one-thousand year old book!
A one-thousand year old book!
A church in Axum - next to where t…
A church in Axum - next to where …
The stone where one was sworn into…
The stone where one was sworn int…
A UN plane at the Axum airport.
A UN plane at the Axum airport.
A typical Ethiopian Injera meal!
A typical Ethiopian Injera meal!
Cool hairstyle
Cool hairstyle
local boy
local boy
Its easier on the head than in th…
It's easier on the head than in t…
locals in the center of town
locals in the center of town
local kids in the center of town.
local kids in the center of town.
Local man outside a church.
Local man outside a church.
Ethiopians Hebrew soccer uniform
Ethiopian's Hebrew soccer uniform
Ethiopian/Italian pillars.
Ethiopian/Italian pillars.
The Axum Obelisk that was returned…
The Axum Obelisk that was returne…
ALWAYS trying to sell you somethin…
ALWAYS trying to sell you somethi…
Center of town.  Is that a Baobab …
Center of town. Is that a Baobab…
Getting water.
Getting water.
Inside the ruins
Inside the ruins
Local man
Local man
Axum
photo by: alexchan