Author: Christopher Roche

Christmas, Lalibela


Twice I’ve visited Lalibela for ‘Genna’ and the scene is truly awe-inspiring. Around 100,000 pilgrims, largely the rural poor, many of whom have walked for weeks, often barefoot, arrive to celebrate the Ethiopian Orthodox Christmas. As the local villagers feed them, they camp where they can, often sleeping shoulder to shoulder on whatever bare patch

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The Babas of Varanasi


Many holy men inhabit the ghats of Varanasi.  These sadhus, often dressed in saffron coloured clothes, are sanyasi – men who have renounced material attachments in their quest for moksha, the liberation from the cycle of life.  Having wandered all over the subcontinent  many pass through and some settle in Varanasi, where meditation and daily

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