Guardians of the Lost Ark — Mequamias

Image: Ralph Bennett Crignola

Ethiopian prayer sticks, known as ‘mequamias’, rest against the wall.

When Menelik was about 20 years old, his mother revealed to him the identity of his father. The young man decided to go and visit King Solomon who, it is said, recognized Menelik as his son and treated him with honor. In the end, Menelik ended up spending three years in Jerusalem with the king, studying Hebrew Scriptures and, apparently, making himself unpopular with the Israelites, who kept getting him confused with his clearly youthful looking father.

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