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Cheikh Anta Diop. THE. AFRICAN. ORIGIN. OF. CIVILIZATION. Myth or Reality. Translated from the French by. MERCER COOK. LAWRENCE HILL & COMPANY . Lawrence Hill Books. Cheikh Anta Diop. THE. AFRICAN. ORIGIN. OF. CIVILIZATION. Myth or Reality ranslated from the French by. MERCER COOK. Editorial Reviews. Language Notes. Text: English, French (translation). From the Back Cover. Edited and translated by Mercer musicmarkup.info and scholars alike.
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I clarified The second reply from a knowledgeable person was that they had 'Asian skin, almond eyes, long hair' That is racist Egyptology at work.
I said the Egyptians were Black, as in, you know, like Oprah. The next reply was 'I don't think we should assign race to them, I never thought about it' That is 'colourblindness' or raceblindness, which is really racism-blindness, isn't it?
The last person is quite enlightened, he knows race is not a thing, but it seems to me that it is another way of avoiding an uncomfortable topic. White Supremacy: The water got hot, so somebody jumped out. Person 2 also said 'Surely the Egyptologists were not all racist' which is related to the objection 'some old racist books claimed the Egyptians were white' But this is not over, as person 2's first response indicates. They had 'Asian skin', so they were Asian? This is not over.
We should not get over it. View all 18 comments. Dec 14, Donald rated it it was amazing. This book is full of information and facts exposing white washing of origins of Carthage, Egypt, etc. Every person of African descent should read this book. African history needs to be claimed back and told from the perspective of the African. It is a definitive work without a doubt Highly recommended reading. View 2 comments. Jul 29, Ben rated it it was amazing.
Jan 02, Jerry rated it really liked it Shelves: The author argues that the ancient Egyptians Anu were Negroes.
Their gods Osiris and Isis were depicted as black. A bas-relief from the 18th Dynasty 16th century BC depicts the order of races known to the Egyptians: The Egyptians and Nahasi were different shades of reddish-brown. The leading Egyptologists of the 19th century argued against the Negro origin of Egyptians, and their theories of a white Egyptian race won ou The author argues that the ancient Egyptians Anu were Negroes. The leading Egyptologists of the 19th century argued against the Negro origin of Egyptians, and their theories of a white Egyptian race won out regardless of the evidence.
The Phoenicians and the elite of Carthage were also Negroes. The Phoenician traders brought white women from Greece to Egypt for the Pharaoh. Eventually the whites came to dominate; because of mixing of the populations, the Arabs, Jews, Italians, Spanish, and French have Negro blood. Some cultural practices originating with the early Negro civilizations included totemism, circumcision and excision, and matriarchy.
Jun 19, Katie rated it really liked it. Let's just say Elizabeth Taylor was not accurately cast as Cleopatra. View 1 comment. Aug 13, Tracey rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Mar 24, Banole rated it it was amazing.
This highly technical and scholarly book is fast becoming a classic in the study of ancient African history. The book is actually an English translation of large parts of two of Dr. Diop boldly states his p This highly technical and scholarly book is fast becoming a classic in the study of ancient African history.
Diop boldly states his position in the Preface p. Ancient Egypt was a Negro Civilization. The history of Black Africa will remain suspended in air and cannot be written correctly until historians dare connect it with the history of Egypt………. The ancient Egyptians were Negroes.
Pythagorean mathematics, the theory of the four elements of Thales of Miletus, Epicurean materialism, Platonic idealism, Judaism Islam, and modern science are rooted in Egyptian cosmology and science. One needs only to meditate on Osiris , the redeemer-god who sacrifices himself, dies, and is resurrected to save mankind, a figure essentially identifiable with Christ.
The book is divided into 13 chapters, followed by a Conclusion and Notes. Chapter I: What were the Egyptian? Chapter II: Chapter V: Chapter VI: Early History of Humanity: Being an outsider definitely has its limitations. European scholars attempted to find totemism among European peoples in an effort to support the position that the ancient Egyptians were ancient Whites. Western scholars were faced with a dilemma when no examples of totemism could be found among whites. Diop continues: This is how Dr.
Diop describes the response to this fact by his Eurocentric critics: What Diop did not say is perhaps even more important. Diop was born in Senegal and his first language was Wolof. As a child Diop spent many years studying the history of the Wolof peoples with many of the most erudite members of the Mourides, such as Mbacke Bousso who was a cousin and disciple of the great Cheikh Ahmadou Bamba.
Diop was steeped in the study of African cultures, African Islamic history, Islamic history, the sciences and philosophy. Diop taste for serious study started with his childhood studies with the Mourides who value learning and have a long tradition of scholarship.
He also spoke several African and European languages. The young Diop must have been surprised when he slowly understood that ancient Egyptian was closely related to his mother tongue.
In the book Diop writes about these close linguistic relationships between Wolof and ancient Egyptian. The totem of the Diop Clan is a peacock Upupa epops. The people belonging to the Diop clan sometimes wore a totemic hairstyle indicating their totem. The head was shaved leaving only a patch of hair on top imitating the peacock.
For Diop, and many other African scholars totemism is more than a mere concept-it is a living reality- they have totems! In the book Diop goes into considerable detail about totemism.
And we know that totemism is alive almost everywhere in Black Africa even today. We must remember that the overwhelmingly settler populations of modern Egypt had nothing to do with ancient Pharaonic civilizations that we all admire. The Koran refers to the army of 40, men sent by the king of Ethiopia to crush an Arab revolt. One corps of that army consisted of warriors mounted on elephants.
It is facts such as this that causes many euro-centric scholars to "drift into abstractions". Diop stakes out his positions very clearly.
In discussing the classification of the language of ancient Egypt he writes: So far no one has ever come forth with any evidence to the contrary. Diop debunks the usual nonsense saying that the Nubians were always painted one color and the Egyptians were painted another. There are illustrations showing black and brown Nubians and others showing brown and black Egyptians. Any one really familiar with ancient Egyptian art would know this.
We see white and Semitic captives carved on the rocks in the Sinai. Usually only Nubian captives are shown, and the attempt is made to suggest that the ancient people of Kemit Egypt and Nubia hated each other and racial hostility is at the bottom of the conflicts, wars and quarrels. Are the wars, conflicts and quarrels among the English, Irish, Welsh and Scots based on racial hostility? What about the Poles and the Germans? Diop continues to calmly and forcefully state his views on the origin of ancient Egypt: However, we can not overemphasize the fact that this basic, indispensable condition has never been met………….
What do we find in Mesopotamia?
Nothing susceptible of being dated with certainty. Mesopotamia was still building with sun-dried bricks made of clay that rain transformed into a mass of mud. It is at precisely these points that Euro centric scholars rush to seek refuge in complex and erudite abstractions and endless speculations: As Diop says somewhere in the book we must look for the "negro" with a magnifying glass!! LOL The book thoroughly deals with this issue with a subtle humor that is missing in the English translation.
In this book, Diop has challenged the western intellectual tradition. Piece by piece, Diop has begun to remove the layers of speculation, misinformation, deliberate falsehoods and European nationalisms that have distorted the writing of world history for the last four or five hundred years.
The writing of the history of Africa and the history of the world has not been the same since Cheikh Anta Diop. One must struggle through sometimes dense, specialized and complex scholarly jargon translated from the original French.
In my opinion it will be well worth the effort! Nov 20, Kiesha rated it really liked it. Tremendous amount of information within these pages. Fascinating and illuminating discoveries. Worthy of 5 stars had Diop not been difficult to follow at times. His argument seemingly jumps from points without much connection or reference. If you're going to read this text, I'd highly recommend a dictionary and encyclopedic source remain handy, otherwise this could become a frustrating read rather quickly.
If you're up for the challenge--and hopefully you will be because it's SO worth the effort Tremendous amount of information within these pages. If you're up for the challenge--and hopefully you will be because it's SO worth the effort--this proves an astounding scholarly work deserving of mass attention.
Aug 14, Andrew rated it it was amazing Shelves: Bounteous nature was unsurprisingly revered. Meanwhile, the Indo-Europeans struggling to survive on the hostile steppes developed the patriarchal family and aggressive, opportunistic lifeways, devoid of respect for nature, which treated them harshly. CAD suggests that the Egyptians persecuted the Jews because of their horror of nomads.
I am generally wary of this kind of psychological explanation-by-climate, but in some aspects this speculative description approximates a historical approach.
CAD accepts the idea that Black Africa has 'regressed' from the glory days of the pharaohs. I have to object that this is part of racist, colonial ideology.
Nor is this the only aspect of the text which needs further decolonisation. Unforgivably, CAD collaborates in antiblackness as it constructs black female gender. As Leena Abiballa a Sudanese writer explains in this article Too Black to be Arab, too Arab to be Black "race is a Western fantasy maintained by a daily, violent socio-political choreography.
Why am I greeting CAD's project as near-heroic? So while I find the occasional descent into skull-measuring tedious, I recognise its necessity. What happens now is that nobody talks of the Egyptians as White or Asian, but the conception is not challenged, so people continue to picture them as such and reproduce the idea - it has its own self-sustaining life.
That's why whites are cast as Egyptians in movies etc. Now I'm on the lookout for books and other art that presents ancient Egypt as Black. Hollywood antidotes please Firstly, this is insulting. Even on the grounds of the essentialist concept of race it propounds, it is incorrect. User lists with this item 5 RBG 6 items by jacobska updated Linked Data More info about Linked Data. Primary Entity http: CreativeWork , schema: Meaning of our work -- 1: What were the Egyptians?
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