Anajina, Ethiopia | A Place Of Pilgrimage & Cultural Diversity

Kissing the tomb

 

Photographer Nader Adem is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this documentary photography.  From the project ‘Anajina’.  To see Nader’s body of work, click on any image.

 

Prayer

 

Chanting

 

Dirre Sheikh Hussein

 

The gathering

 

Looking for blessings

 

Thousands of people from many parts of Ethiopia flock twice a year to “Anajina” to pray to God and be part of religious rituals seeking blessings and spiritual renewal. “Anajina”, as known in the Oromo language, or “Dire Sheikh Hussein”, is a sacred site in Bale, southeastern Ethiopia. Dating back to the 12th century, it is named after an influential Muslim scholar called Sheikh Nur Hussein, reputed for his religious teachings and miraculous deeds.

 

A face from Anajina

 

The site is a place of pilgrimage, a symbol of Sufism, and of aesthetic architectural and social values representing cultural diversity in Ethiopia. However, it is facing a great threat from those who espouse a more puritan version of Islam, amid growing Wahhabism influence in the region. Shot on August 2017, long shots & portraiture, this series documented Anajina’s unique religious and cultural heritage as it has existed for centuries in this part of Ethiopia.

 

 

 

 

All images and text © Nader Adem

 

 

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