I purchased these paintings from Semachw Messfn in Ethiopia in 2004. Sumachaw was ten years old. He is a Coptic Christian. This is an ancient branch of Christianity. These paintings are made within an ancient tradition of Coptic religious art. There are religions that embrace religious paintings. Christianity, Buddhism, and Hinduism are examples. The Jewish and Muslim religions do not favor religious paintings. If you would like to purchase a print of one of these paintings, then please visit our Stone Soup Store.

William Rubel, Editor
About the Author

In 1973, I was twenty years old, teaching children's art classes at my college, the University of California, Santa Cruz, and came up with the idea that the best way to encourage children to write was to introduce them to the best writing by their peers. Stone Soup grew out of that idea. Along with co-editor Gerry Mandel, I have continued to edit and publish Stone Soup for all these years. I am also a culinary historian. I write about traditional foodways. My book, "The Magic of Fire," is about hearth cooking. My book, "Bread, a global history," speaks for itself. I am currently writing a 130,000-word bread history for a University Press. I publish articles on gardening and traditional foodways at Mother Earth News. I also publish on wild mushrooms and other food-related subjects.

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