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January 21, 2008



The church speakers were so bad in the town we used to live in that we eventually had to get a CD of ocean sounds to drown out the noise in our 2 year old daughter's room. Before we had the CD she would wake up screaming in concert with the loudspeaker. We moved a bit farther south into a Muslim area, and to our relief we can now sleep through the night on a regular basis again.


very good point. It used to bother me as a kid as well. hehe
I guess it's a way of life in Ethiopia and the middle east in general when there is constant prayer announcement from both Muslim and Christian prayer places.

Waiting for Zufan!

One of my favorite memories from our short time in Ethiopia is waking up to the preaching from the mosque, or whatever that chanting was that we heard at sunrise everyday. That was a totally new experience, and while it was expected -- like just about all my experiences in Ethiopia, no surprises for those who do research like reading Marc's blog -- it endears Ethiopia to me all the more. OK, well, if I heard it every day it might lose it's appeal though, I might admit. Hey, maybe you could record these morning sounds on a CD and market them to nostalgic ex-pats or ridiculous tourists like me.


This is a more recent phenomenon. When I was growing up in Addis in the 70's and 80's, you could hardly hear anything (even if you went looking for it). But I suppose those were the godless communist days.

I believe the Muslims started it under the guise of freedom of religion and of course the orthodox church had to follow suit. It would drive me crazy too if I lived there.

Too much "freedom of religion" if you ask me. How come the electricity doesn't go out at that time?!?


Marc Luoma

Actually I kind of like the morning call to prayer from the mosques: they're kind of musical, mercifully short, and not so loud. The preaching/praying from the orthodox churches, though, goes on forever. While of course I don't understand a word of what's being said, it sounds very angry, maybe like a fire-and-brimstone southern preacher.


Should I be watching out to here from you on the Dian Rehm or Kojo Nnamdi show as an "Expert on Ethiopia and Ethiopian Affairs"?

Marc Luoma

Well sure, I'll appear. I for sure know more than those CBS News guys who fly in first class, get a room at the Sheraton, peek up from their vantage point at the pool and say things like "from my experience in Ethiopia..."

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