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A wedding that recalls the times of Emperors and Ras’s

Sora dancing at Lalibela wedding

Sora dancing at Lalibela wedding

I’m just back from a wonderful wedding in which the couple was blessed by the first real rain in Lalibela in many months. But a bit of rain didn’t dampen the enthusiasm. A fantastic display of the aggressive shoulder dancing was seen at the various stops, much of it in the local “Sora” style.

The wedding party processed through the town on mules with high priests each leading a column in the procession. The bride & groom on the centre looking thoroughly regal.

The Bride and groom on mules at wedding

The Bride & Groom on Mules at their wedding

The procession stopped for frequent boughts of ritual ‘Ya Ho’ stick dancing, while the on lookers were amazed to see us all on mules (especially when the heavens opened). It was something the like of which Lalibela has never seen before and definitely recalled the times of Emperors and Ras’s (princes), a time before the advent of the motor car!

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