Not much is known about Ethiopia as the country is just emerging from a communist state. Here are 5 interesting facts:
Coffee is a big deal here!
According to folklore, coffee was first discovered here in 800AD when a goat herder noticed his flock becoming livelier after eating the red berries. They even have a whole coffee ceremony where you have to drink 3 cups, no excuses. It is performed around a rekbot, a shelf-like box where the coffee is prepared and served. The beans will be roasted and ground in front of you and then mixed with spices in an ornate clay pot called a jebena. The coffee is poured in small cups from a height of one foot and served with a small snack like popcorn.
It is the House of the Simien Wolf.
Some even call this the prettiest wolf in the world. It has a bright russet coat and black stripes on its tail and nose. Unfortunately there are less than 500 of them left. The chances of seeing them in the forests of Saneti Plateau in Bale Mountains National Park are high.
They have the Ark of the Covenant!
For those of you who don’t know, the Ark of the Covenant is one the most holy relics of Christians. Although most people think it to be lost, Ethiopians believe that it is in the Church of our Lady Mary of Zion in Aksum. The church itself is remarkable. It stands in between 70 plus memorial stones, some around 2000 years old!
Unfortunately, no one other than the Ark’s guardian is allowed inside the inner sanctum where the Ark of Covenant is kept.
Their Language Amharic, is one of the oldest written languages in the world
You can feed Hyenas
One of the most popular tourist attractions in Ethiopia is feeding the Hyenas in a town called Harar. Most people would be absolutely terrified to do this. Harar is the 4th most holy city for Muslims