Ethiopian church forests

At Amusing Planet:

Churches in Ethiopia have always been covered by small forests. Locals believe that the forest protects the sacredness of the church. The tree canopy, they say, prevent prayers from being lost to the sky.

The forests are as old as the churches themselves, planted by the local communities at the same time the churches were being built. This makes some of these fertile oases over 1,500 years old.

The forests are protected by the religious stewards and the communities around them, making these priests, monks, nuns, and the disciples the unlikely guardians of their country’s last remaining forests.

Compare that to the Muslims:

http://theconversation.com/erasing-history-why-islamic-state-is-blowing-up-ancient-artefacts-78667

6 comments for “Ethiopian church forests

  1. dearieme
    May 25, 2019 at 15:12

    In many parts of the world the secret to preserving a little bit of woodland (not “forests” for goodness sake) is to fence or hedge the land to exclude grazing mammals.

    As for that little church: where do they bury their dead?

    • May 25, 2019 at 15:36

      In the branches?

      • Distant Relative
        May 25, 2019 at 19:48

        Maybe do an “Enoch”?

        • May 25, 2019 at 20:49

          Rivers of Blood?

          • Distant Relative
            May 25, 2019 at 21:23

            Noooooo! He was “translated”!

            Hebrews 11 v 5

            By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

            100 lines for you “I must stay awake in Sunday School” 🙂

            Obviously you haven’t this quiz question: “Who was the oldest man that ever lived according to the Bible?” Most say Methuselah at 969 (if memory serves) Wrong! Enoch – because he never died so therefore still living …. somewhere. Here endeth the lesson 🙂

          • May 25, 2019 at 22:29

            I stand corrected on religious matters.

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