The monastery at Debre Damo: history the origin of Ethiopian self-confidence
No wonder the monastery at Debre Damo has survived unmolested for some 900 years among the vast Tigrayan Mountains of Northern Ethiopia.
Getting to it is arduous â€“ the last stretch is achieved via an 80 foot rope. A few feet from the top my arms gave out and I couldnâ€™t move. I dangled desperately searching for a foothold. There wasnâ€™t one. The drop was dizzying. After what seemed like an hour, I felt the second rope, made of strips of cowhide stitched together, take my weight and I was ignominiously pulled up to the ledge. The strong young monk who had hauled me up took my trembling hand and greeted me formally.
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