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artnewsafrica Repost from @blkangelz via #Ethiopia #DebraLibanos
The ancient and historical monastery of Ham is believed to have been founded in the late fifth or early sixth century by the Aba Meta or Matewos known as Libanos. The monastery is located about 150 km from Asmara. Originally located in the village of Ham, the monastery was later moved to its present location perched on the edge of a cliff below the Ham plateau. Its Church contains the Golden Gospel a metal covered Bible containing copies of land charters that date back to the early 13th century, and a number of mummified bodies which are still in the process of being dated.

The mummified bodies are wrapped in cloth, tightly wrapped with animal skins, the same kind of yellow cloth and animal skin that are worn by monks today. The few specimens of complete mummified remains had only the feet and hands exposed; the rest of the body was completely wrapped in skin. Astonishingly on the hands and feet, the skin and nail were very well preserved.

There are so many controversial and sometimes paradoxical sources for the origin of mummi?cation in Eritrea. The fact that Abba Libanos (whose body is believed among the mummies at the place) came from Egypt where the practice is mostly known may imply that he might have brought the practice with him. According to oral tradition, the mummi?ed skeleton remains that are found in the monasteries of Eritrea are bodies of religious individuals that inhabited them. The reason for mummi?cation and the exact time for the introduction of the practice are not known. But according to the oral tradition The Monastery of Debre Libanos, Ham, is known not only by the mummies but it is also an ancient monastery. The church rituals, the dress of the monks and the mode of living of the people who live there are as ancient as they were. In the monastery of Debre Libanos there is no private property. Everybody lives the same and shares the same. The food they eat is centrally prepared and distributed
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