January 6, 2014

Arriving for Prayer

Photograph by John Stanmeyer, National Geographic

Wrapped in white to symbolize purity, women arrive for prayer at an Ethiopian Orthodox church in Asaita. An increasing number of Christians from Ethiopia’s highlands come here to work on farm plantations.

See more pictures from the December 2013 feature story “To Walk the World.”

20 comments
Shannon T
Shannon T

I love how the steps are painted. Such beautiful devotion to their faith.

luisa hilario hilario
luisa hilario hilario

Estranha e muito discutível pelas diferenças culturais,por isso ,a sua beleza e um certo misticismo. 

Sandra Hickman
Sandra Hickman

An interesting composition of vibrant colours, sharpness and the women who make this shot. I would love to see a photo of the church itself as I love the architecture in old buildings.

sareh bahrami
sareh bahrami

Beautiful image, an unbeatable combination of colors

Emile De Boyrie
Emile De Boyrie

Good colors which give life to this very good picture. Lighting, point of view and the presence of women create a good composition. Well done.

Janice H.
Janice H.

Inspiring and humbling.          Living their Faith.     

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

The mix of dark,light, and color makes for a well composed picture. The white clad figures stand out dramatically against the dark rock walls,and the green,red,yellow painted on the steps gives that 'pop' of color to the whole thing. Wonderful picture.  j.e.s. 

srimanta ray
srimanta ray

excellent composition.....love it.congrats...... :)Sri

k w
k w

Beautifully composed!


Safiullah Mubashir
Safiullah Mubashir

I love pictures like these it says so much you can hardly put it into words awesome 

Vince Willyams
Vince Willyams

Would like to learn more about Ethiopian Orthodox churches as history points that they are the "first" original Jews on Earth unlike the masses of Israeli Jews we see televised on National television today.

zerihun senbeto
zerihun senbeto

wish you all who celebrate Christmas tomorrow January 7, 2014 a Merry Christmasመልካም-ገና! 

loay elkhateeb
loay elkhateeb

Scene not shown in Egyptian Orthodox churches. Here, they put on slippers outside... while Egyptians not. They mention prayers outside , Egyptians not. Church is simply furnished .... in Egypt not.

Sandra Hickman
Sandra Hickman

Thanks for that bit of information. Very interesting to know.

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