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Women are forbidden

There are monasteries in the world where you have to be a man to get in. A man and a climber because it is not just anyone who is able to climb the ladder. One of those is Debre Damo on the north of Ethiopia. A monk throws two heavy ropes. One of the ropes is to put under the shoulders and the other is to climb up the 30-meter cliff. Up there the monk will charge you for holding the rope (you have to pay more to visit the monastery). The ascent is not easy, but the landscape is impressive. Debre Damo stands on a rock with 3.000 meters above sea level and its church is the oldest, no less than the sixth century. Women could not accede and resigned to pray down. Manuscripts are still preserved and their color have not been erased despite the centuries. Pilgrims arrive on the 24th of october, date of its celebration, climbing by ropes and it always happen that a few will fall down. The problem is if they die while climbing up because if they fall in the descent it means they’ll have their sins forgiven for having visited the monastery. It’s better than nothing.

Prohibido mujeres

Hay monasterios en el mundo donde para entrar hay que ser hombre. Hombre y escalador, porque no puede subir cualquiera. El de Debre Damo, al norte de Etiopía, es uno. Un monje lanza dos gruesas cuerdas. Una se anuda bajo los hombros y la otra para trepar por el acantilado de 30 metros. Arriba, éste cobra por sujetar la cuerda (hay que pagar más para visitar el monasterio). El ascenso no es fácil, pero el paisaje es impresionante. Debre Damo se alza sobre una roca a 3.000 metros de altitud y su iglesia es la más antigua, nada menos que del siglo VI. Las mujeres no pueden acceder y se conforman con rezar abajo. Se conservan manuscritos cuyo colorido no se ha apagado a pesar de los siglos. A su fiesta - 24 de octubre - llegan peregrinos trepando por cuerdas y siempre se despeñan algunos. El problema es si mueren al subir, porque si caen al bajar, quedan libres de pecado por haber visitado el monasterio. Algo es algo.

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