Harar

The walled city of Harar, to the east of Addis Ababa, is the heart of Ethiopia’s minority Islamic culture. It is a lively, easy going, stimulating and friendly town, which is packed with history.

The old walled city was built in 1560 by Sultan Nur and has hardly changed since then. It has over eighty mosques and a hundred Islamic shrines, but also a brewery.

Harar is known for its coffee, superb handicrafts, handsomely bound books, elaborate knives, fine woven shamas, baskets and silverware.
 
The most bizarre attraction of Harar is the hyaena man, who feeds wild hyaenas by hand every night. He calls them in by name using an extraordinary language known only to him and the hyaenas. They emerge from the dark and take bones from his hands and even his mouth. Given how fearsome hyaenas are, this is quite awesome. Despite having the appearance of an ancient tradition, the first hyaena man started his strange habit in the early 1960s.
 

 

 

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