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HEALING SPACES: HOLY WATER HEALING AMONG ETHIOPIAN ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS [Abstract ID: 1207-09]
Ethiopian Orthodox Christians who are ill seek help at holy water places. To be ill means to have a disease, experience a crisis or feel a need for protection against negative experiences and evil spirits. The ultimate cause of disease and misery in life are spiritual, be they evil spirits or God. What then heals people? And what does it mean to be healed among Ethiopian Orthodox Christians? Looking at illness narratives from Addis Ababa, this paper discusses the healing process and the role of the holy water healing places in the healing process.