Debtoras, Meskel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, September 2007

Debtoras, Meskel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, September 2007

Debtoras (deacons) are responsible for the liturgical dance portion of Ethiopian religious celebrations (along with the choir). You can see them holding two of the traditional liturgical musical instruments, the prayer staff (used for leaning on during 4+ hour Masses), thumped on the ground, and cistra, a type of rattle.



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