Lalibela Dreams

Lalibela Dreams

The small town of Lalibela sits in the northern Ethiopian ranges and is recognised as one of the country’s most holy sites due to the eleven monolithic rock-cut churches. Many Ethiopians believe these churches were built during King Lalibela’s reign in the 12th and 13th century and its construction was only possible through divine help that came when the King and the workers were sleeping. This series looks at Lalibela and surrounding monasteries in contemporary Lake Tana, where Ethiopian Coptic Christian traditions intermingle with everyday practices. While sacred rituals co-exist with the daily living systems of inhabitants that live in the rock caves, Lalibela is also the grounds where religion and pilgrimage intersects with external religious tourism.