The African Origin of Civilization Myth or Reality
by Cheikh Anta Diop
In Chapter Six, the author explained the ''intellectual swindle,'' (Diop., page, 133) that occurred with most western anthropologists when it comes to edifying and concluding the race of the Egyptian people in antiquity. The blacker, they find the people the more they are inclined to whiten the evidence. Many of them have racist ideas that contradict the nature of their findings. In an area of study that requires fact-based discourse and exploration, many have taken the route of whitening and undermining the black beginning of civilization.
Western anthropologists through their findings, ''failed to establish the existence of any white Egyptian race,'' (Diop., page 132). As a result of these findings, ''nasal index, '' (Diop., page 129) that was used in their exploration and study of Egypt was an attempt to credit the white race for Egyptian achievements and civilization. By any means necessary they used their privilege and academic space to promote a false narrative at the expense of Africa.
During the reign of the Egyptian empire, ''the whole Egyptian race was Negro, with an infiltration of nomadic Whites during the Amratian period, '' (Diop., page 131), that will explain the diversity in the land that would later come into existence. Being the only civilization at the time it was the place to be. Egypt attracted the whole world to her bosom and that reality leads to an admixture of cultures, blood, languages and influenced places around her surroundings.
Each of us has to be committed to the art of relearning, rediscovering and redefining our perception of self because we have been robbed for so many centuries. We have been taught through images, education, books, media and through the systems that govern us of our supposed inferiority complex.
An inferiority complex is a learned behaviour. No one on this earth is born innately inferior or superior. In the eyes of creation, every life on this planet is equally valid. But as human beings, it seems that our human existence is depended on the superiority and inferiorization of certain groups of people. We can't seem to grasp that this planet is ours to share and to prosper in.
Wellness is our natural birthright. We have every right to seek balance within and without. It is unnatural to live in a condition of continuous sickness and spiritual poverty. Once your essence have been tampered with that is what manifest as external dysfunction. We find ourselves doing, talking and presenting a reality that is foreign to our birthright of innate wellness and harmony.
Our image becomes a manifestation of the internal poverty that we tend to ignore because the work of removing all that clogs our perception and innate wellness brings up uncomfortable truths. We have been lied to and nurtured to live and survive in a sick world. We have forgotten the power that is within that controls all external life and activities.
We have to take the power into our own hands and do the work necessary to transmute our current situations into the ideal ones. Nothing will come without our participation whether it be good or bad. We have that innate power of realization or manifestations in the immediate moment. If we can use our time, brain and resources in healing ourselves that will lead to a healthier you then leading to a healthier community and eventually a healthier global village.
The change you desire begins with you. Start today. Invest in you today. The world desperately depends on it.
African Origin of Civilization Myth or Reality by Cheikh Anta Diop
In Chapter five,
The author uses empirical evidence to conclude the origin of civilization being based in East Africa.
''Moreover, apart from some stations of uncertain age in Palestine, no trace of man earlier than 4000 B.C exists in Syria or Mesopotamia. By that date the Egyptians had their feet on the threshold of their history proper.'' (Diop., page 100). Based on evidence no civilization or people predated Egyptian civilization. ''It is, then, reasonable to attribute this precocious development of Egypt first inhabitants to their own genius and to the exceptional conditions of the Nile Valley.'' (Diop., page 100). The climate and the abundance of food were in favour of the first inhabitants of Egypt. They had the opportunity to develop in peace whereas elsewhere people globally were struggling to survive in harsh conditions that would influence their world view, behaviours and temperaments.
The existing monuments, pyramids, artifacts and so on are a ''historical evidence that no dogma can blow up into thin air.'' (Diop., page 101). The greatness of the Egyptian civilization speaks for itself. There is plenty of evidence of their reign and influence on the planet.
Dr. Georges Contenau writes,''but actors in the sacred drama presented at festivals where the principal protagonist was sacrificed.'' (Diop., page 102). He writes as he's criticizing the validity of the royal tombs of Ur. He was exposing the lies of those tombs by putting Sir Leonard Woolley on record for his invention in an attempt to give a world alternative civilization opposite of Egypt. Ur being in Western Asia had more in common with the people of Scythia. It is documented that, ''we realize that it is impossible to be more savage and barbarous than the Scythians.'' (Diop., page 103) . In their Barbaric state, they couldn't have been the cradle of civilization.
Elam was an ancient pre-Iranian civilization. It is stated that ''most ancient kings of Elam were Blacks.'' (Diop., page 103). Attested by monuments exhumed by Dieulafoy, ''the urn was encased in a masonry covering composed of enamelled bricks. These came from a panel depicting a personage superbly dressed in a green robe with yellow, blue, and white embroidery. He wore a tiger skin and carried a cane or a golden spear. Most surprising of all, the personage whose lower jaw, beard, neck, and hand I found was black.'' (Diop., page 104).
According to Amelineau, ''the Anu were the first Blacks to inhabit Egypt. A number of them remained in Arabia Petraea throughout Egyptian history. The Negroe Anu is thus an historical fact.'' (Diop., page 105). This further concludes that Egypt's civilizations began in the interior of the African continent while influencing the exterior. Negroe Anu were all over North Africa, Arabia and East Africa.
Nyabuoy Gatbel is a South Sudanese Canadian currently living in Calgary, AB. She was born in Ethiopia in 1993 and moved to Canada as a refugee in 2002. She's currently a undergraduate student at the University of Calgary. Besides her studies she's a social entreprenuer focusing on the, ''Paarman Centre project,'' a fashion model, writer and author of the book, ''The Fire Within poetry in Thok Nath and English.''