|Other titles||Finding the True Cross, Finding of the True Cross, Śelam|
|Statement||photographs and woodcuts by Peter Bogardus ; commentary by Zelalem Haile Michael|
|Contributions||Michael, Zelalem Haile, Hamanaka, Takuji, Larson, Arthur, printer, Bixler, Michael, Khelcom Press (New York, N.Y.), Gray Parrot, Inc, Artists" Books Collection (Library of Congress)|
|LC Classifications||BV50.E93 B6 2008|
|The Physical Object|
|Pagination|| p. :|
|Number of Pages||55|
|LC Control Number||2010714506|
Specializing in Collection/Library Development, Esoterica, Fine Press, Artist Books, Heirloom Quality Books and Unique Items Meskel Demera. by Bogardus, Peter. New York: Khelcom Press (click for more details about Meskel Demera) Ba Suri. by Bogardus, Peter. New York: Khelcom Press. Meskel – Finding of the True Cross Septem By Tsegeye Girma & Synodos Tesfay Humanity had suffered a lot due to the grave sin Adam and . The Meskel celebrations includes the burning of a large bonfire, or Demera in Amharic, based on the belief that Queen Eleni, as she is known, had a revelation in a dream. She was told that she. Meskel Means in the Ethiopian language “cross.” The festival is also referred to as Demera. specifically, the use of this word seem to be related to Bonfire which is lit before the end of the day. In Ethiopian calendar, the day starts in the morning with the sun rise, not in the middle of the night as in the case of the Gregorian calendar.
At the eve of Meskel, Demera, a tradition in which huge bonfire is prepared attached to a tree with green leaves is burned in commemoration of how the true cross was found through the guidance of. #ethiopia #meskel #demera. The Meskel celebration includes the burning of a large bonfire, or Demera, based on the belief that Queen Eleni, as she is known, had a revelation in a dream. She was told that she should make a bonfire and that the smoke would show her where the true cross was buried. So she ordered the people of Jerusalem to bring wood and make a huge pile. It is believed that it was revealed to Empress Eleni in a dream that the smoke from a bonfire would indicate the whereabouts of the cross. In accordance, on the day before Meskel, known as Demera, a giant pyre of branches, demera, is constructed and then set on fire close to sun set.
The monastery of Gishen Mariam holds a volume of a book which records the story of the True Cross of Christ and how it was acquired. There are two occasions on Meskel. The first is Demera (September 26), in which bonfires are built topped by a cross to which flowers are tied. The flowers are Meskel Daisies. The 26 th of September is the eve of Meskel, the “Finding of the True Cross,” the day Orthodox Christian Ethiopians believe Jesus’ cross was found many centuries ago. All over the country, bonfires called “Demera” were burned this past Monday evening to celebrate the coming day. On the twenty-sixth, we headed for Meskel Square in the center of Addis Ababa for the one-of-a-kind event. There are two occasions on Meskel. The first is Demera (September 26), in which bonfires are built topped by a cross to which flowers are tied. The flowers are Meskel Daisies. The Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church orchestrates the lightening ceremony. After the bonfires are blessed they are lit and dancing and singing begins around them. Demera at Meskel Square, thanks to Google image search. The crowds were so big I couldn’t take pictures myself. After the cross burning, Ethiopians take the ash and draw a cross on their foreheads. I saw one drunk guy go further than that and do a full black face with the ash. Black face, people wearing white, and burning crosses.