Africa and Ancient Egypt
- sometimes, scholars have tried to use language as a source of clues to early mysteries. The Nilotic language group has been categorised by some linguists as a sub-group of the West African language group. This last has been recognised as being derived from a very old prehistoric language in the same way that most European languages were derived from an ancient Indo-European language. The West African language group itself shows great variation and large differences indicating long development and perhaps outside influences.
- this categorisation of the Nilotic languages as a sub-group of the West African group has been disputed by other linguists. What is clear is that the Nilotic languages are distinct form the Bantu languages that completely dominate to the south in most of east Africa and all of central and southern Africa. The uncertainty is probably an indication that the Nilotes are a mixture of peoples.
-o- J. Olumide Lucas—he argued that Yoruba religion unmistakably shows derivation from Egypt and that the only way to explain this would be a migration from Egypt to south western Nigeria. Other west African peoples also show similarities to Egyptian religion and these, he contended, must also be a result of this kind of migration.
-o- Eva Meyerowitz—she made much the same claim for the Akan of Ghana; she focused upon divine kingship and Akan stories about their earliest ancestors being ‘white people’ from the north. In her view, both Egyptians and the Akan were descendent of ‘Libyans’ who migrated across from Asia to populate Egypt, north Africa and down into west Africa; she also uses Akan religion to show similarities to Catheginian/ Phoenician and Egyptian gods.
- most scholars have not accepted these theories. Similar religious practices do not necessarily indicate borrowing or contact as sun cults, pyramids and other religious institutions in Egypt have also been found in America and Polynesia among agricultural peoples. Scholars,such as Lucas and Meyerowitz, have been too eager to give their people a distinguished pedigree by linking them to the very prestigious Egyptian civilisation.
-o- Cheikh Anta Diop—he reversed the Hamite Myth by arguing that Egypt was an African negro civilisation; in fact, he claimed that European Egyptologists had carried out a vast expropriation and distortion of the record to conceal this fact and to claim instead that ‘whites’ had been responsible for Egyptian civilisation.
- Diop’s contentions have been and continue to be hotly and emotionally debated. It has not been regarded as ‘academic’ by a great many people.
- Egypt was a crossroads between Africa, Asia Minor and (by water) to Europe; trade and other interactions were endemic from the earliest times. Egypt was invaded and conquered more than once. This suggests that Egypt was probably a melting pot of peoples and this is supported by Egyptian records and statuary which do indicate distinctions of skin colour or other physical features. In fact, some scholars have argued that it was this mixing that gave such creativity and resilience to Egyptian civilisation over such long periods. In any case, it would seem to be unjustified for racists of any colour to claim some sort of racial purity or dominance in Egypt.
Interesting discussion here:
Do West Africans Have Any Connections to Ancient Egypt?
From a post in that thread:
A team of British scientists may have rediscovered the centre of one of Africa's greatest kingdoms - and the possible burial place of the legendary Queen of Sheba.
Hidden in the Nigerian rainforest, the earthworks at Eredo are just a few hour's drive from Lagos.
The team from Bournemouth University, working with archaeologist Dr Patrick Darling, have completed a preliminary survey of the wall and ditch measuring 70ft high in places and around 100 miles long.
( "The most cogent argument against it at the moment is the dating." Lol)
Who are the Egyptians:
Edited by Abramelin, 03 September 2012 - 06:29 AM.