Arat Kilo Monument in Addis Ababa

Today’s photo is from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

I’ve been writing about our too-short visit to that city, combined with a few small pieces I’ve written about colonialism during my African travels. It weaves colonization, religious fanaticism, and folklore. It is certainly too long already, though not altogether boring. But some days I write all day and know that not every piece deserves to see the light of day, until it has made another journey, gained another insight, or tethered another connection to make it whole.

In other words, today is just another Manuscript Monday.

So in honor of today’s writing, here are a couple quickie photographs I took, while on a whirlwind tour around Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa. It is a snap of Arat Kilo, a monument commemorating the independence of Ethiopia from then-fascist Italy.

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A drive-by snapping of Arat Kilo in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Kurt was passed out in the back seat of our car from CO poisoning, while I was leaning out the window, aiming through the smog for the best shot possible.
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The designs on the circular base of the monument were added post-war.

Here’s a trivia question for you…

Do you recognize the statue on top of the monument? Do you know the name of this famous biblical figure, and how/why it is associated with Ethiopia?

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A familiar statue in Ethiopia. Do you recognize this biblical figure?

No Googling! I have facts. I’m curious to read your guesses, your thoughts! Let me know in comments below.

Love, MarLa

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Ethiopia is an ideal layover stop between Europe, or the Middle East, and South Africa.

2 thoughts on “Arat Kilo Monument in Addis Ababa

  1. The Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, Ethiopia royal line of 225 kings are of the Solomonic line. This Lion was the symbol on the Imerpial flag of the Abyssinian Empire.

  2. Is it the Horoscope Leo Lion? Ha Ha..I did not use Google, but my best geusse, other than Judah the King of All Humanity?

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