“Bermel Kidus Giorgis” a holy place visited by thousands per day
Numerous people visit the holy site known as “Bermel Kidus Giorgis” every day. The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church has a long-standing belief that holy water can cast out demons and effectively heal the sick. The main method for “healing toxic” is to drink or pour water on oneself. Numerous monasteries are also known for selling holy water, and many Ethiopian Christians travel there to do so. Additionally, holy water plays a significant role in the Timkat (Epiphany) celebration when priests bless and set up holy water before baptizing Christians to “purify souls from sins.” Holy water was regarded by the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church as a cure-all for demons and insane people. For the removal of “harmful things inside the stomach,” water should also be consumed. According to studies, the majority of Ethiopians favor traditional remedies like holy water over biomedical treatments for serious illnesses, especially mental illnesses. 98% of people believe in the power of holy water for healing. With 5,000 pilgrims attending holy water sites each day, such as monasteries, many people travel there for treatment. The healing process often involves prayer, food consumption, and bathing. Visitors frequently take holy water home with them in bottles or jerrycans. The practice of traditional healing techniques is widespread in Lalibela. The majority of them migrated to the renowned Tsadkane Mariam Monastery, while an estimated 5,000 people relocated to Entoto Church, where holy water was also present. During public holidays like Timkat (Epiphany), where Christians gathered in a small water pool set up by priests during Ketera, holy water is frequently used (an eve of Timkat). Holy water was sprayed on the crowd after priests and deacons prayed and blessed it in order to “purify souls from the skin committed.” The majority of these activities occurred in Jan Meda Square. The Jordan River is represented by the Fasilides Bath in Gondar. Locals thronged the city into the bath on the eve as eight of the forty-four tabots arrived from all sides.