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Timket Festival is celebrated on the 19th or 20th of January. It is an Ethiopian Orthodox ceremony that celebrates the Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. It is most commonly celebrated in Gondar and Lalibela. During the ceremonies of Timket, the Tabot, a model of the Ark of the Covenant, which is present on every Ethiopian altar (somewhat like the Western altar stone), is reverently wrapped in rich cloth and born in procession on the head of the priest. The Tabot, which is otherwise rarely seen by the laity, represents the manifestation of Jesus as the Messiah when he came to the Jordan for baptism. The Divine Liturgy is celebrated near a stream or pool early in the morning (around 2 a.m.). Then the nearby body of water is blessed towards dawn and sprinkled on the participants, some of whom enter the water and immerse themselves, symbolically renewing their baptismal vows. But the festival does not end there; Donald Levine describes a typical celebration of the early 1960s.

The Maale people live in the north-east of the south omo zone of Ethiopia,

They are probably most famous for their poisoned arrows,

With rapid growing population number of around 75,00(according to the 2008census)

The Maaale are the second largest group of the South omo zone, an area of high cultural diversity,

They are agro –pastoralists. he center of their territory is mountainous and agriculture,

Is the more important, while the surrounding lowlands are suitable for cattle breeding and people have accordingly more livestock

The Maaale have their own belif, which is defined by ancestor worshipping and rituals,(Kashi)

Starting from the 1960s they were concerted to Protestantism and especially during the last decade the number of converts increased,

Today the Maale have an own administrative region. however, the traditional political organization is till party intact. The office of political and ritual leaders are occupied and they still carry out some rituals for fertility of their area and are asked by some inhabitants for advice and mediation

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