Aug 19, 2006

Fun and Interesting Facts about Ethiopia

Here are a few neat things I have discovered about Ethiopia.

1) Did you know that a large portion of the Ethiopian population claims descent from King Solomon of Jerusalem and Makeda, the queen of Sheba? And that they converted to Judaism after the son of Makeda was born, and claim that the final resting place of the Ark of the covenant is at a chapel in the holy city of Aksum. Aksum was considered the captial of Ethiopia at one point in history.

2) Did you know that approximately half of the Ethiopian population is Christian? They converted to Christianity 400 years after the birth of Christ, were the first to declare Christianity as the national religion, and the first to mint coins with a Cross on them.

3) did you know that, for many years, Ethiopa's rulers were female? And that Alexander the Great stopped in his conquest at the border of Ethiopia because he did not want to be defeated by the woman ruling at the time.

4) Did you know that Ethiopa has never been conquered, except once, for a brief period of time?

6) Did you know that Ethiopa has a thirteen-month calender and a different way of counting the hours of the day?

7) Did you know that, in contrast to what we think of when we imagine Ethiopia, it is a land full of lush green pastures, forests, and lakes? And that it has one of the world's tallest waterfalls, and is the source of the blue nile?

8) Did you know that the Mursi tribe, one of the fiercest in Africa, famous for the women wearing lip-plates, is native to Ethiopa? And that the face plates were meant to protect from slave-traders. They began the practice in order to appear less attractive to those who might capture and sell them.

9) Here are some photo galleries of Ethiopia:

more pictures

10) Here are some blogs relating to Ethiopian adoption:

Hope this is as interesting to everyone as it is to me... I've been having a lot of fun :)


Sherpa said...

Interesting stuff. Oh, and Ethiopian food is really good.

Dawn said...

Wow you gave me a shout out thanks!

You asked if I had any tips for you as you were at the homestudy phase:

1) Read, read, read, there is so much to learn and it helps the time pass quickly.

2) Relax, if you can, everything falls into place at the right pace.

3) Think about your child and imagine his/her life now and what kind of person he or she is, it helped us personalize the process.

4) Enjoy your life before it changes as you will enjoy it differently once you have your child.

Take Care!

NoSurfGirl said...

Thanks for the tips, Dawn.

It is very encouraging to associate with those at the other end of the whole process.

Bob & Tanisha said...

I am really enjoying your blog. We are in the homestudy phase of our adoption. I would love to be able to share our journey with you. Be Blessed!

Anonymous said...

Did you know that Ethiopia has approximately 45% muslims?

NoSurfGirl said...

yup! And also some jewish, animist, and other tribal religions.

krishna kashyap av said...

Great stuff..
Very interesting and
really amazing facts..
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Sally said...

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Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

i love ethiopia!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Deep Ethiopian | Blogger Extraordinaire said...


about Ethiopia being colonized, that never happened. Ethiopia was occupied for five years, there's a difference. You can find out at more about how and why at:


NoSurfGirl said...

I ddid not say "colonised", I said conquered. I think your country is awesome, don't know where your angst is coming from.

Anonymous said...

heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeey ethipoia has a life expentancy of 43 plu i the hell dont even know what ur talking about since i,am only 11.=)

Anonymous said...

and i,am not a girl

local said...

these are some facts that definitely make Ethiopia special.