Voices from Russia

Monday, 9 January 2012

9 January 2012. A Multimedia Presentation. Hooray for Timkat!

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Timkat is the Epiphany celebration of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church. Interestingly, it’s held on 19 January on regular years, but on it jumps to 20 January on leap years (that’s 10 Terr on the Ethiopian calendar). It’s a big deal in Ethiopia, as the images testify.

The Orthodox Civilisational Space (to use Sergei Solovyov’s terminology) is wide and varied… it goes from Salekhard in the north to Addis Ababa in the south, from Užgorod in the west to Magadan and rural Alaska (don’t forget the Alaska Native people and their Orthodoxy!) in the east. Orthodox people are of all races and they live in all the other Civilisational Spaces (Western, Latin American, Muslim, African, Hindu, Pacific, and East Asian) too, not only in the Orthosphere (thank you to the friend who thought that one up… of course, it’s a neologism based on “Anglosphere”… neat, ain’t it?). Of course, there’s “overlap” (such as Indonesia and Malaysia being part of both the Hindu and Muslim Civilisations, and, Burma, Indochina, and Thailand being part of Hindu Civilisation)… but now isn’t the time to get into that. There’s more to Orthodoxy than most realise… yes, Virginia, we ARE one of the Great Civilisational Currents (we owe nothing to or need nothing from the West, NEVER forget that)…

Greet your Ethiopian friends on the 20th of this month… it’s the decent thing to do!

BMD

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