There is an interesting trail that needs to be covered via a thrillingly challenging 30 – minute walk through the remarkable Tis Abay village in order to reach the main viewpoint over Tis Abay (the Blue Nile Falls).
For me it was not only the anticipation of really seeing this legendary waterfall that captured my attention in motivating me to keep on walking up and down of the lush and rocky route, but it is the panoramic scene of Mother Nature, the captivating villagers, and their mesmerizing everyday life was a startling incentive rather and made every single step worth taking.
Striding through the Tis Abay village of Gojjam region do provide the beautiful and authentic details of Ethiopia that ranges from traditional clothing as it is dressed by the locals to crossing the Blue Nile River on a large stone bridge called Agam Dildy- built by the Portuguese c1620 during the region of Emperor Susneyos- and which are all the eloquent pieces of Ethiopia worth capturing. Today’s virtual tour is taking the world through Tis Abay Village under the theme of “Travel is about the journey as much as the destination.”
Legend has it that Gojjam people are the original people who are mentioned in the Bible as the river Ghion (Nile) encompassing the land of Cush stretching to the ancient kingdom of Meroe.
Traditional clothing in Ethiopia varies by its diverse region and tribe thus the beautiful Gojjam girls and women usually wear long colorful skirts if not the traditional long and loose white cotton dress with embroidery on the cuffs, in the middle and along the neck line all the way to the bottom with symbols of the Orthodox Cross and paired with the White Netela of the same fabric (thin shawl).
Whether it is the colorful long skirt or the glamorous white dress (Yehager Libs), Gojjam women is known for wrapping their waist with Netela or colorful long scarf and wearing the thin layer shawl (Netela) loosely upon their heads. Witnessing many women carrying things up on their head instead of a basket or hand bag and walk swiftly and effortlessly with it is just Africa’s very own mesmerizing scene.
Here in Gojjam the men wear shorts and most of the time decorated with hand sewed colorful buttons besides their men traditional white cloth. At the top, most men cover themselves up with long colorful scarfs and carry their legendary Dula (long stick) for all kind of purposes whether to hang bags or small traditional water containers up on it… Dula is Gojjam’s men fascinating signature whether old or young.
Another beautiful detail that can be spotted while walking through Tis Abay village is Gojjam handicrafts which of course is functional and put to daily use by the locals in their everyday life but would also make amazing souvenir for visitors who want to take the eloquent pieces of Gojjam (Ethiopia) back home.
The miniatures of few Gojjam’s traditional objects are presented for sale by an enthusiast Gojjam kids along the waterfall. Washent (handmade bamboo traditional flute) as it is many young Gojjam men or shepherd’s best friend, Agelgil is one of the main traditional handmade item that Gojjam is known for and this straw sewed and coated with goat skin item serves as containing food while traveling (as a lunch box), Kil or Shikina (like traditional water jug) -you even see the locals carry them and this little traditional jug serves for carrying water and a like so they become handy for Gojjam people while traveling. Obviously it is no surprise that Gojjam kids present these colorful items for travelers as these particular objects are close to their hearts and without a doubt represent them beautifully.
Visiting The Blue Nile Falls right after the rainy season ends provides the most exciting experience as the surrounding simply, beautifully and naturally be painted with breathtaking green and of course more water to the falls.
We are almost there … but I would really love to mention the one small but extraordinary detail which is close to many Ethiopian hearts and the very thing that got me halt briefly while listening to the natural streaming water sound…is seeing the traditional Ethiopian coffee pot (Jebena) against Tis Abay let alone seeping the renowned Ethiopian traditional coffee prepared by one of the villagers around the main viewpoint over the Blue Nile Falls.
Now it is about time for the anticipated destination, the one that its way is beautifully paved by all the beautiful eloquent pieces of Ethiopia to a worthwhile and one of the best Mother Nature endless gifts.
The legendary Blue Nile Falls is Africa’s treasure which provides a once in a life time experience…
Within a blessed and beautiful land of ETHIOPIA!