Bahitawi, The Hermits of Ethiopia

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Bahitawi 1
“The bahtawi are an independent class of hermits who represent the anchoritic tradition – modern successors of St John the Baptist rebuking all including the emperor himself without fear or favour. As Shimei reviled King David, so the bahtawi have been know to hurl abuse at all and sundry including the emperor. Some live completely separately from society, unseen by all, their bones occasionally discovered after their deaths in the remotest of places. Others lived in trees (dendrites) or small holes in the ground. Often they live on leaves and bitter roots and reduce sleep to an absolute minimum. (One who had found his way to New York was taken to a mental institution after being found praying half-naked in the snow!).Those living in wilderness zones on the edge of the empire had the effect of
expanding the empire because they invariably attracted followers.”
http://fatherdavidbirdosb.blogspot.com.au/2010/12/ethiopian-orthodoxy.html
Bahitawi 2
“Though it has long since…

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