Ethiopian Cross 2
Ethiopia has the largest population of any landlocked country in the world. With mountains over 4,500 meters high, Ethiopia is the roof of Africa. … The painting and crafts are especially unique, and are characterized by the North African and Middle Eastern traditional influences combined with Christian culture.
In Ethiopian tradition the cross is the sacred matrix that encompasses the life of the world in both its macrocosmic and microcosmic dimensions; and it is the social and cultural nexus through which and with which people interact in order to shape and express personal and communal identities and hopes.
Ethiopia is known as the Cradle of Mankind, with some of the earliest ancestors found buried in the soil. Lucy (3.5 million years old), the most famous fossils found, were unearthed in Hadar. Ethiopia remains one of the only nations in Africa never to be colonized.