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Kulubi is a town in eastern Ethiopia. Located in the Misraq Hararghe Zone of the Oromia Region, lying south of Dire Dawa, this town has a latitude and longitude of 9°26′N 41°41′E / 9.433°N 41.683°E / 9.433; 41.683Coordinates: 9°26′N 41°41′E / 9.433°N 41.683°E / 9.433; 41.683 with an elevation of 2130 meters above sea level.

Based on figures published by the Central Statistical Agency in 2005, Kulubi has an estimated total population of 4,478 of whom 2,318 were males and 2,160 were females.[1] The 1994 national census reported this town had a total population of 2,501 of whom 1,257 were males and 1,244 were females. It is one of two towns in Meta woreda.

Kulubi is known for its large church, dedicated to St. Gabriel, which is the site of massive twice-yearly pilgrimages (on 26 July and 28 December) attended by tens of thousands of Orthodox pilgrims. The present church was erected in 1962 by Emperor Haile Selassie, replacing one his father Ras Makonnen had erected to celebrate the Ethiopian victory in the Battle of Adwa.[2] Nega Mezlekia, in his Notes from the Hyena's Belly, describes the discussion inhabitants held over dedicating a church to St. Gabriel when "there were already two churches within twenty kilometers dedicated to the same saint. ... and that prayers and pleas directed to one saint, at the same hour and from two separate locations, had ended in disaster, for the requests of the two parishes were too often mutually exclusive."[3]


  1. ^ CSA 2005 National Statistics Archived 2008-07-31 at the Wayback Machine, Table B.4
  2. ^ "Local History in Ethiopia" (PDF). The Nordic Africa Institute website. Retrieved 27 May 2008.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Nega Mezlekia, Notes from the Hyena's Belly: An Ethiopian Childhood (New York: Picador, 2000), p. 261. ISBN 0-312-28914-6