• Short Summary

    Tens of thousands of pilgrims from all over Ethiopia have been celebrating the annual religious festival of St Gabriel at the famous shrine of Kulubi Hill in the country's western Hararege region.

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    Tens of thousands of pilgrims from all over Ethiopia have been celebrating the annual religious festival of St Gabriel at the famous shrine of Kulubi Hill in the country's western Hararege region.

    SYNOPSIS: Pilgrims of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church had travelled from the country's fourteen provinces for the festival. The atmosphere was calmer than last year, when some of the fiercest fighting of the Ogaden War against Somalia was raging in Harar city, seventy-five kilometres (48 miles) to the west.

    A vividly-coloured canopy, or tabot, preceded the Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, His Holiness, Abunna Tekeyllahaimannot.

    A fly-past by Ethiopian jets was a reminder of the continuing state of tension between Ethiopia and Somalia, and the vows the faithful not to allow their shrine to fall into enemy hands.

    In a major part of the ceremonies, the tabot was carried among the people.

    In October, 1977, Somali troops reportedly tried to attack the St Gabriel shrine, but the members of the Ethiopian People's militia and farmer's associations drove them off.

    Christianity was introduced to Ethiopia in the fourth century, and about half of the country's population are now believed to be Christians. Thirty-five percent are Moslems.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1TG0RSMO3DADIW4TXS024BL22
    Media URN:
    VLVA1TG0RSMO3DADIW4TXS024BL22
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/01/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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