In Eritrea/Ethiopia (the ethnic group Tigrinya, Tigray and Amhara) tradition bride and groom wear a black velvet cape (called “Ghaba”) and crown with gold broidery to symbolize that they are the king and queen of their household. In this picture the Bride is muslim, which probably makes her part of the Jeberti (the muslim Tigrinya). It is uncertain if the man is muslim or christian. But that wouldn’t matter, would it.
This is the Church of Saint George, one of the so-called Eleven Monolithic Churches in Lalibela in the Amhara region of Ethiopia. The Church of Saint George, which in the Amharic tongue is called Bete Giyorgis (translit.), is carved in situ, which means “in place”, without the intention of relocation. The church is carved out of a single block of solid rock in the shape of a cross, and have sometimes been referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World. They are believed to have been created in the 12th century AD.
Please be reminded that the ethnicity of wrong doers, looters and racists is indecency!
Thousands of ethnic Amharas in western Ethiopia are being expelled en masse from the country’s Benishangul Gumuz region, where many have settled, in what some are condemning as a campaign of “ethnic cleansing”.
“Haile Selassie’s mother was paternally of Oromo descent and maternally of Gurage heritage, while his father was paternally Oromo and maternally Amhara. He consequently would have been considered Oromo in a patrilineal society, and would have been viewed as Gurage in a matrilineal one. However, in the main, Haile Selassie was regarded as Amhara: his paternal grandmother’s royal lineage, through which he was able to ascend to the Imperial throne.”