Belai Door, Ura Kidane Meret Church, Zegey Peninsual, Lake Tana, Ethiopia, Occtober 2007

Belai Door, Ura Kidane Meret Church, Zegey Peninsual, Lake Tana, Ethiopia, Occtober 2007

This door is painted with the story of Belai the Cannibal. Look it up for more details, but here it is in a nutshell: there was a man named Belai who ate many people (after all, he was a cannibal). One day, a leper begging for water moved Belai to pity, and belai gave the leper water. Later, when Belai died, the Devil was ready to claim his soul. When St. Michael weighed the bad deeds of Belai’s life (cannibalism) against the good deeds (giving water to the beggar), it was obvious which one was going to win out. During the judging, however, the Virgin fixed the scales by allowing her shadow to fall on the side with the water (notice her hand gesture), thereby allowing a cannibal into Heaven.



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