the tukuls of lalibela. {hadish adi.}

Friday, October 26:  We leave the northern group of Lalibela churches and head through the preserved tukul village known as Hadish Adi.  Now the site is protected so that visitors can see the round thatch-roofed homes inside and out.

tukuls

As we walk through the village, heading to the masterpiece church of Lalibela, Bet Giyorgis, we catch sight of a column of white-clad worshipers traipsing through the tukul village, probably after attending the chanting service we witnessed at Bet Mikael.

a column of worshipers leaves the Lalibela church of Bet Mikael

According to a 2010 Mission Report by UNESCO, the traditional housing of Lalibela is characterized by two main types of buildings: the circular one-story tukul houses (ground and one floor), with external staircases leading to the upper level and the rectangular one-story residences (ground and one floor). There are also circular single room buildings on only one level. In both cases, the walls are built of stone laid in mud mortar. The interior surfaces of the walls are often plastered with a rich mix of earth, straw and cow dung. The earth is mixed with straw from the teff plant (Eragrostis tef) and the mixture is applied to the wall after undergoing necessary processing. Sometimes cow dung is used almost completely on its own as a plaster for the internal and external wall surfaces.

a two-story tukul

Our guide Masala tells us that he grew up with his seven siblings in one of the tukuls; he leads us to his childhood home.  Happily, he agrees to pose for a photo in front of the house where he “spent the happiest years of his life.”

the tukul where Masala grew up

We head to a little open air hut where an artist is painting scrolls in the Lalibela style.  I can’t help but buy one.   I love the symbolic style and color of these painted scrolls.

an artist paints scrolls at Lalibela

Lalibela scrolls

While we browse through the scrolls, a large group of boys surrounds us and asks if we will buy them a football (soccer ball to Americans) for 500 Ethiopian birr (about $28).   They say they are a sports team called Team Obama and they really NEED a new ball.  However, we have been warned not to give children any money in Ethiopia because it only entices them to stay out of school.  Apparently, a common ploy is to ask tourists for soccer balls or school books, which the children may even buy in the tourist’s presence.  As soon as the generous victim’s back is turned, the children return the books or balls to the shopkeeper for cash.

Team Obama!

As Masala advises, we tell the boys we cannot help them, and we head southwest to the magnificent Bet Giyorgis.

Advertisements
Categories: Africa, Ethiopia, Hadish Adi, Lalibela, tukuls | 8 Comments

Post navigation

8 thoughts on “the tukuls of lalibela. {hadish adi.}

  1. The scrolls are incredible! What a wonderful way to hang memories on your wall.

    • Thanks Carol! I fell in love with those scrolls as well as all the Ethiopian paintings…. 🙂 I love having memories to take home with me!

  2. Pingback: Lalibela, Ethiopia « a nomad in the land of nizwa

  3. Love those scrolls. What beautiful artistry. Those rondavel type house are very common in rural South Africa, but I haven’t noticed any with n upstairs. Interesting concept, and I can’t imagine bringing up 8 children in such a confined space! This type of begging scam is so prevalent in poorer countries. Tourists beware. 🙂

    • I love those scrolls too, Sylvia, and lucky for me I was able to buy one. I wonder if those round houses are found throughout Africa, since you say they’re in South Africa too. I can’t imagine bringing up 8 children there, nor can I imagine them being happy. Maybe we’re just too spoiled. I think you’re right about that begging scam. 🙂

  4. Margherita Sami

    Dear Cat,

    I’m writing you on behalf of Only The Brave Foundation.

    We are deveolping our new website and we would like to use the photo Tukulus of this blog’s article in our contact section header.

    Please let me know if we could use it and if you want we put the credit for it.

    Thank you for your help,

    Margherita Sami

    • Hi Margherita. You’re welcome to use the photo. Please credit me: Cathy Birdsong Dutchak. Also, would you mind sending me the link once you publish? Thanks so much. 🙂

      • Margherita Sami

        Hi Cathy,

        I will credit you and pklease could you send me an email to margherita_sami@otb.net where I could send you th e link when it will be online?

        Thank you,

        Margherita Sami

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.

A lot from Lydia

You can learn a lot from Lydia...(It's a song, not a promise.)

Ink Arts by Carol

My site for offering my alcohol ink arts

I see Beauty everyday

Blessed be the ones that see beauty where others see nothing

BOOKING IT

Debra's Excellent Adventures in Reading and Travel

Marsha Ingrao

Traveling & Blogging Near and Far

PIRAN CAFÉ

Notebooks from a trampfest. Travel tips, tales and images, online since 2006.

Word Wabbit

Wrestless Word Wrestler

Cardinal Guzman

Encyclopedia Miscellaneous - 'quality' blogging since August 2011

A Faraway Home

Stories and tips from home and far away

Pit's Fritztown News

A German Expat's Life in Fredericksburg/Texas

Under a Cornish Sky

inspired by the colours of the land, sea and sky of Cornwall

sloveniangirlabroad.wordpress.com/

A blog about expat life and travel adventures written by an Slovenian girl living in Switzerland

Let Me Bite That

Can I have a bite?

Running Stories by Jerry Lewis

Personal blog about running adventures

Finding NYC

exploring New York City one adventure at a time

The World according to Dina

Notes on Seeing, Reading & Writing, Living & Loving in The North

snippetsandsnaps

Potato Point and beyond

Storyshucker

A blog full of humorous and poignant observations.

The Eye of a Thieving Magpie

My view of this wonderful and crazy life - as I travel and explore.

renatemarie.wordpress.com/

A (Mostly) Solo Female Exploring the World

NYLON DAZE

From London to New York, living in an expat daze

Blue Hour Photo Workshops

Photography is a constant travel to new places

Travel Much?

Never cease to explore and tell!

Insanity at its best!

Yousuf Bawany's Blog

Badfish & Chips Cafe

Travel photos, memoirs & letters home...from anywhere in the world

Travels in the Middle East and beyond

"Wherever you go, go with all your heart " Confucius.

Natalie Breuer

Natalie. Writer. Photographer. Etc.

A Thousand Diversions

Travel, food & random things

The Daily Post

The Art and Craft of Blogging

Lost in Translation

An attempt to convey meanings through words, images and sounds

simpletravelourway

Beth and Joe enjoy simple and active travel. They post about their trips, including their travels around the world in 2013-2014. They welcome your comments and suggestions.

60 mm

a world in miniature

TRAVEL WORDS

Adventures and Postcards from the road

WordsVisual

Mostly photographs with some words by this arty scientist...

restlessjo

Roaming, at home and abroad

Stories from Europe

Travel, culture, everyday life stories from a Nepali girl

Lucid Gypsy

Come away with the raggle taggle gypsy-o

Self-Inflicted Drama

Stories of wanderlust, adventure and occasional disaster.

The Glasgow Gallivanter

Adventures at home and abroad

breezes at dawn

the breezes at dawn have secrets to tell you... ~ Rumi

%d bloggers like this: