African Origin of Cilivilzation Myth or Reality
by Cheikh Anta Diop
In Chapter Four,
''Why would an Egyptologist, supporting the local-origin theory, try so hard to prove the ''preponderance of the Delta.'' (Diop., page 85). The author exposed the reality of how Egyptologists predominantly European in exposure to facts will try to undermine its validity if it contradicts the notion of European civility, right to rule, achievements, ideologies and so on. When such scholars are asked about the evidence that would link the Delta to being the cradle of civilization, ''it is alleged that the Delta is a humid region and preserves documents poorly.'' (Diop., page 87). It is not enough to say there's no evidence but it is given climatic excuses and exemptions.
Alexandre Moret poses a question, ''By whom was Upper Egypt influenced, if not by Lower Egypt?'' (Diop., page 88). This question is laced in a racist undertone. Moret dismisses an entire people's history to conform to a white beginning. Lower Egypt is closer to the Delta (the White, Mediterranean) there it was logical that Moret uses it to validate his own version of civilization coming from the Delta. Upper Egypt was in the interior of Africa, the land of Kush and Nubia which the Egyptian call their beginning, source of the Nile.
''The Delta is universally recognized as the permanent home of the plague in the Near East. It has been the point of departure for all epidemics of the plague that have raged in that region throughout the course of history.'' (Diop., page 93). Maybe, this known fact is why European scholars tried so hard to give their people a new beginning, a dignified one. The savagery and barbarism they loosely attributed to others was once a reality for their race of people.
''More than once these barbarians tried to penetrate Egypt by force, attracted by its wealth, but almost every time they were defeated and pushed back across the border after heavy fighting.'' (Diop., page 94). White tribes in the Delta came together and fought to take over Egypt. It is clear that this raw history may not sit well with chauvinistic, patriarchal and racist European scholars. To have their own people presented in this condition in the ancient realm, where truth reign is not an easy find.
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.''