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Looking for the footprints of God

A night procession for the annual November Festival of Saint Mary at the Cathedral of Our Lady Mary of Tsion in Aksum, Ethiopia. Photographed in 2011.CHESTER HIGGINS

Betsy Kissam is a freelance writer and is editor at Chester Higgins Projects. She has been accompanying Higgins for the past several decades on his many field trips to the Blue Nile countries. “Sacred Nile” is their fourth and most recent book together.

Chester Higgins’s photographs have been exhibited by museums around the world and published widely in The New York Times, where he was a staff photographer for 38 years. He first visited Egypt and Ethiopia in 1973 and has been documenting antiquity sites in Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia and contemporary religious ceremonies in Ethiopia ever since.

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