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PHOTO: Priest at Monastery Church of Neakutoleab in Lalibela, Ethiopia

Orthodox Christian priest at Monastery Church of Neakutoleab in Lalibela, Ethiopia, shows me 500-year oldMiracle of St. Mary book, printed on goatskin

An Orthodox Christian priest at the Monastery Church of Neakutoleab in Lalibela, Ethiopia, shows me the 500-year old “Miracle of St. Mary” book. Both the text and illustrations were done by hand using plant-based inks on goatskin parchment. The Monastery Church of Neakutoleab was originally built inside a natural cave by King Lalibela in the 12th century. Though the original structure was destroyed by Muslims in the 16th century, the church was rebuilt in 1936 using local limestone and red rock. While the church is newish, the implements...

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