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Sacred Nile

Sacred Nile

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Sacred Nile is the story of our collective spiritual imagination and practice. Chester Higgins celebrates the agency of people of African descent and their influence on the foundation of Western religion. His images illustrate how faith migrated up and down the River Nile from Ethiopia to Egypt leaving vestiges of ancient practice in today’s worship. This visual portrayal of faith reexamines our spiritual beginnings.

About the Photographer

Chester Higgins's photographs have been exhibited by museums around the world and published widely in The New York Times. He has produced seven books. 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 for the past five decades. See

About the Author

Betsy Kissam is a freelance writer. She is Editor at Chester Higgins Projects and has been accompanying the photographer for the past three decades on his many field trips to the Blue Nile countries. Sacred Nile is their fourth collaboration.

  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 224 pages
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.74 pounds