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30-DEC-2014 Sergio Pandolfini

My faith

Ethiopia - Benisciangul-Gumuz Region

Here we are in Benisciangul-Gumuz region, a region in the outer nord-west Ethiopia, in a village near Sudan border. An extremely pour region where there is no turism (we are far from colourful Omo valley tribes) e where a white man still cause astonishment, especially in children, that frequently react crying.
As it is in many other part of this Country, also this region is a kaleidoscope of ethnic
Group, cultures and religions. This is a region at muslime prevalence, but this doesn’t matter.
As always, muslime women can be recognized from the face more or less covered, but here also christian women use to carry on themselves a symbol of their faith: typically a small cross drawn or engraved on the forehead.
This is absolutely not an ostentation of their own religion, this is just a way to communicate to others with simplicity, serenity and sweetness, their own origins, their own culture, their own faith. Here, the respect of any "Other", provide help, and sense of hospitality are values still very strong and practiced by all.
Here no one believes that his god is better than that of others, here everyone understands - instinctively and intimately - that God is always the same, and no matter how you call it or how you pray it.

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Mary Bowles16-May-2015 14:00
The beautiful face with a serene gaze is here wonderfully wrought.
And your words describing the ethos of these disparate peoples and their belief in 'each to his own', are an inspiration.
This must be the finest portrait I have ever seen, here on pBase.
Karen Moen27-Apr-2015 20:53
A powerful image with those startling eyes and facial decoration that would mean death in some areas of the world. Beautiful quiet courage. An absolutely compelling portrait. Voted.
John Barreiro24-Apr-2015 05:24
An absolutely stunning portrait! V
gerrit19-Apr-2015 14:29
Great use of light and treatment. BV
vj400005-Apr-2015 20:08
Sensational work !
Dave Ross11-Mar-2015 16:58
Wonderful Portrait, I love the lighting & colours, superb image quality. Your images are very inspiring. V
regi olbrechts08-Mar-2015 07:41
Impressionant SP
Nirvan Hope07-Mar-2015 17:22
Stunning portrait! Great description of a people who live peacefully, regardless of faith.
danad07-Mar-2015 16:58
A most beautiful portrait ! Great light and eye contact ! BV.
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