Scenes from the purification ritual at the Titrta Empul Temple in Bali during a full moon holiday. Hindu followers believe that bathing in the holy water will ensure them of a good life moving forward.
90% of this part of Ethiopia's economy is based on rural farming. The farming families who live in the highlands of Northern Ethiopia grow barley, beans, wheat, millet, sorghum, teff (for injera) and raise livestock. Their land is plowed by oxen and seeds are sown and harvested by hand.
Mountain life is hard for these friendly and hospitable people. The journey to get to nearby markets to sell their crops and get provisions is challenging, but is just a part of daily life here. Goods and supplies going to and from the local markets are carried either on their backs and/or by donkey. The cliff side rocky paths are usually only few feet wide and full of rocks the size of softballs.
The Amhara People appear to be almost entirely self-sufficient. Today, they farm sheep and cows, grow crops, and raise their families in small villages up in the highlands of Northern Ethiopia as they have done for hundreds of years.