National Geographic : 1928 Aug
WHEN ETHIOPIA CELEBRATES A HISTORIC VICTORY Thousands of Ras Taffari's followers, in immaculate chammas and with all their paraphernalia ofwar, gather upon agreat flatoutside the capital city of Addis Ababa awaiting the arrival of the Ras, who goes to church to offer thanks. The empress arrives inaclosely curtained motor car, but Ras Taffari rides upon a gaily caparisoned mule. It is a motley crowd on the field, with lesser chieftains coming from afar, each one upon a mule and accompanied on foot by his bodyguard with guns and swords-sometimes one hundred footmen; then there isthepoor class ofnatives in less cleanly clothes, the slaves and the beggars. The "halt and the blind"-lepers and mutilated people-are usually gathered inoneband, where they beg for alms.