Roha: The Heretic's SagaMiriam Hillawi Abraham
Illustration / 2019
From Roha: The Heretic’s Saga
Roha: The Heretic’s Saga is a comic book trilogy set in the monolithic churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia. The comics address the three three perspectives of the self-proclaimed experts of the site, offering entry points or portals into speculative stories of happenings, histories and local lore surrounding Lalibela (Originally Roha).
In each issue, the hero is ultimately flawed and the narrator is as unreliable as the widely contested and contradictory research into the origins and age of the churches. As the prototype of the Abyssinian Cyber Vernaculus, these comics depict the stories that contradict and affirm one another within the triptych.