Travel to Ethiopia's Mount Zaquella, on an excursion off the main highway from Debre Zeit with your prefferred Destination Management Company - Inclusive Holidays Africa.
In the 14th century, a recluse, Garbe Manfus, is said to have lived for 363 years, much of that time among his friends, the creatures of the wild of Mount Zaquella. He became Ethiopia’s patron saints of animals.
On the feast day of Gabre Manfus, lovers travelled to Mount Zaquella. High on the mountain is a split rock. As they pass through the cleft, they know that if their love is untrue, the rock will close and crush them. Followers of Gabre Manfus, hermits in flowing yellow robes,continue to live on the mountain, existing on the fruits of the forest and sleeping in caves.
A painting of Gabre Manfus, surrounded by a Lion, a leopard and a Raven, is in St George Cathedral in Addis Ababa and many other churches.
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