Ethiopia has two major

This is the mosque in Ethiopia.

     There are two major religions in Ethiopia Coptic Christian and Muslim. These two religions are the most common and popular religions in my country.
     The Coptic Christian religion started in Ethiopia a long time ago. History states that in Ethiopia, kings and emperors used to be very strong followers of the Christian religion. This made people be the same religion as the kings. Also some of the kings used to force people to be the same religion as they were.
     Back in history, almost every land in the country was owned by the Christian churches and the kings ruled the country by the rules in the Bible and did what the churches wanted. This also helped to expand the Christian religion.
     Coptic Christian religion has very unique customs. On Sundays when you see people around Coptic churches in Washington, DC, you see all the people dressed in the same kind of white clothes, the common dress for this religion. When you see everyone in white inside the church, the custom makes the church look more beautiful.
     The other common religion is Muslim. This religion started coming to Ethiopia when Ethiopian traders started going to the Middle East countries. Also the Muslim people from started coming to Ethiopia to trade.
     “This religion started getting in people’s minds when a person from the Middle East called Mohammed started preaching the religion to the people in Ethiopia,” Mohammed Kemal, a Blair student, said. This religion has different customs from the Christian religion. The girls who are in this religion are not allowed to show their hair and can’t dress in short pants. They dress in traditional clothes that cover their bodies.
     I would like to mention that in Ethiopia there is no problem between Christians, Muslims or followers of other religions. We live together; we eat together; we do a lot of things together. There is no fighting between any of the religions.

     If you are looking for a good club to join, try the African Club. The African club was created in 2001 by Mr Ngbea, a Blair teacher from Nigeria. “     The African Club was initiated to build new relationships and friendships among African students and create a place where students feel at home,” Mr. Ngbea said.
     Mr. Ngbea wants the club to help with academic activities and help students of African origin ease into a process of assimilation into the American culture while promoting an authentic African way of life.
     The club counts more than ten members from different African countries. I’m part of the club and I feel that I found a new family and new friends. I know that to be an African is not a bad thing. To be proud and not to care about what people say and think because of my culture is my identity and I will never change it.
     Most of the members agree with me. “I feel comfortable and I always have that feeling to share my time with my Africans friends,” Loretta Nulla said.
     “I learn a lot at the club. Also I get to know the cultures and traditions of other Africans countries,” Sonita Nulla said.
     The African Club helps many students in many.

This is a Christian church in an Ethiopian town.
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