Shashemene

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In a crossroads town in southern Ethiopia, deep in the stunning Rift Valley, lies a little slice of Jamaica. Here dreadlocked Rastafarian repatriates have created a spiritual community on land that was granted by the last emperor of Ethiopia in 1948. Today it is a place of pilgrimage for Rastafarians from far and wide who regard it as the Rastafari capital of Africa. For visitors interested in the Rastafarian culture, Shashemene is a convenient stop on the road south between Langano Lake to Hawassa.

 
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