WHERE DID WE COME FROM?
Did you know that the first anatomically modern humans lived in Africa around 150-200 thousand years ago? Scientific studies that include the study of ancient fossils and artifacts, geological evidence, language, and most recently, genetics, prove conclusively that black Africans were the first humans on Earth, and had given the human species all the rudiments of civilization long before there were other “races” on the planet.
Information like this becomes all the more important during this extremely critical period when African descended people all over the world, and especially in the U.S., are desperate to find something to connect to in a world that still refuses to recognize their full humanity.
Those early Africans lived in Africa for over 100,000 years before slowly migrating out of the continent and eventually populating the entire planet.
The humans that remained in Africa retained their dark pigment, while those who moved away from the tropics to a colder clime gradually lost their pigment and developed into the lighter skin peoples of the world, the Aryans, the Asians, Orientals, etc.
For many Africa descended peoples, especially those living in America who have accepted the Aryan telling of history, believing humans lived in Africa tens of thousands of years before their white Lord and Savior came to civilize them this may be hard to believe.
But facts are facts. And history is history.
Any true religion must be based on science, as well as myth. Otherwise, the head may comply but the heart will be compelled to question… even doubt.
During those thousands of years in the Mother Land, and long before any other “races” appeared on Earth, our ancestors had invented and developed many of the arts and sciences, social and political systems, religious rites and practices, and tools we still use today.
CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE ANCIENTS
Those ancient Africans spoke the first human languages, and the roots of those early languages can still be found in most languages throughout the world today.
They were the first to use fire. Many scientists credit this early use of fire as the crucial element humans needed to not only survive in Africa, but to leave the continent and colonize the entire world.
Our early ancestors invented tools such as knives, spears, bolas, hammers, bows and arrows, buckets, fish hooks, boats and paddles. They were the first to build dwellings (mud huts), make clothes, cook and preserve foods, ferment liquids, and develop medicines.
They organized the first family unit (the clan), invented math and science, chemistry, painting and drawing, and developed music and dance, sports and games.
Those invention, and others, led to the first human civilizations and the later development of the ancient African civilizations in Ethiopia, the Sudan and later Egypt.
The African development of science and mathematics later led to the knowledge necessary for the building of the famous Sphinx, the Pyramids of Giza, the magnificent Temple of Karnak, and other mind blowing architectural structures that still defy modern understanding.
Today, cutting edge technology like ground radar, satellite imaging, digital photography, and computer graphics are revealing many ancient African sites that have remained hidden for over 5,000 years. One only has to go online to You Tube or watch any number of National Geographical specials to see the works of our ancient ancestors right before our very eyes.
Still many, even among our own “race”, refuse to believe Black people could have created such powerful and influential cultures and civilizations. But, by refusing to believe our ancestors were capable of such achievements, we deny our own possibilities.
DEVELOPMENT OF ANCIENT SPIRITUALITY
The first religion on Earth was an African religion. This ancient religion, dismissively called Ancestor Worship by Aryan historians, was the perfect religious and natural belief system for an emerging and spiritual seeking species.
These ancient humans had always had a connection to Nature and the Universe. In order to survive they had to respect and honor their powers. They were the rhythm, the beat, the forces that guided their lives.
“Ancestor Worship” was humanity’s first discovery of its unbreakable bond with the departed. They longed to retain a connection to those who had gone on to that “other life”. They knew there had to be more to human existence than merely life followed by death. Surely, death did not end the dead’s connection to the living.
It was our ancestors’ first awareness of the human spirit. Our first recognition that the dead, who had served us in life, deserved remembrance and respect, and that we could communicate with the departed through rites and prayers.
Ancient African religion and spirituality was the model for all later religions, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, etc.
Many of the prayers, spells, chants, and beliefs found in the Christian religion were found in the Egyptian Book of the Dead (the Papyrus of Ani). These religious texts were written more than 3,000 years before the Christian Era and served as a guide for African peoples going back millenniums. Many of the religious ideas and figures found in Judaic and Christian beliefs resemble those found in ancient Egyptian theology.
Why do you think that after thousands of years of invasions, slavery, colonialism, and oppression, Black people are still among the most religious on Earth?
A DISCONNECTION FROM THE PAST
All intelligent people know that science tops myths, tales, and ethnocentric interpretation of human history. Those that do not are doom to wander through life confused and disoriented, wondering why it is so hard to find happiness and self fulfillment despite material gains.
It goes without saying that any “race” or group disconnected from its past while being denied the right to determine its own future will suffer both mentally and physically.
This is where we are today… a community disconnected from its historical culture. A community disconnected from its past. From itself.
Unlike other immigrant groups that have come to this country, Asians, Latino, Europeans, etc., only African Americans have been forced to abandon all but the most rudimentary elements of their ancestral culture.
Upon arrival as indentured servants, and later relegated to chattel slavery, Africans were denied almost anything that would link them to their home lands. The intent was to prepare them for a life of slavery and servitude and make them feel helpless and hopeless. To divide and conquer. To make them despair and accept the horrible fact that they would never return to their home lands.
Of course, during the ensuing years of slavery and segregation, it became imperative for Blacks to assimilate the White culture in order to survive and prosper.
But is this still necessary today? I think not.
If we are to answer the moment we must understand our past achievements, our unlimited potential, our unmatched talents and skills, and our potential for progress.
We can only do this by indeed believing we are somebody!