Edagahamus

 

 

EDAGAHAMUS

by Joakim Larsen

December 2016

 

 

The small new Orthodox Towahadu Church under construction outside Edagahamus in Northern Tigray is run by Enati Haria. Living for more than 40 years as a nonne around Ethiopia, her mission is to build nineteen churches. This is the fourteenth.

 

The location is not random. In the mountain above there is a cave, which is visited for its special healing powers. More than 400.000 spirits from early Christians are believed to reside in the mountain, making it a powerful place. People come here for mercy and blessings; mercy from disease and troubles in this life, and blessings for the next.

 

Up the mountain we met some women who were drinking holy water from a nearby spring mixed with dust from the cave. The holy water is believed to have have healing effect.

 

Further up the mountain we visited the cave - the last bit of crawling barefoot in respect for the sacredness of the place.

 

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