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December 11, 2006

I learned
to honor myself

By Cynthia Neely

It’s always been such a surprise to me to find out that other people are seeing me differently from the way I see myself. Back in college, I could count on Nina, my best friend, to give me the honest truth about how I was coming across to others. But once I got into the workplace, I pretty much had to rely on my own feelings to guide me. And those feelings were not very positive. So I was really taken aback when my co-workers started making comments about how loving and gentle I was as I went about my job.

I had always seen myself as reserved and shy because I was actually afraid to interact with other people. But as I heard more and more positive comments, I started to reevaluate what I thought of myself.

Having been abused as a child and in my marriage, I had taken on a view of myself as someone who always missed the mark, as never being in sync with the rest of the world. As a child, I saw myself as different from the other kids, who all seemed to come from loving, happy homes. And later, as an adult, I’d look at other women who all, in my view, had loving, gentle husbands. I was mentally scarred and thought I would never have what they had. Because of this negative view of my self-worth, I didn’t see how I could ever accomplish very much or contribute to the world. I was, in fact, so quiet that mentally I had made myself invisible. I’d come to feel that quietness was my protection from being hurt again.

Because I didn’t think I had much to offer, I never wanted to go very far professionally. And not only was I struggling because of being abused by my father and ex-husband, but I also felt that because I was black, I had been abused by white culture. To me, I was in a no-win situation. The best thing for me to do, I thought, was just to retreat inside myself. Feeling so beaten down, I had no courage and nothing left to fight with.

However, after my divorce, I returned to the Church of Christ, Scientist, where I had gone to Sunday School as a child. I began to discover through the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy, a more enlightened view of myself as a child of God. And a child of God does have worth, I realized. I began to understand that God saw me in an entirely different way from how I had been seeing myself. Looking at myself from God’s perspective, I could see that because I was reflecting His intelligence and creativity, I was, in fact, right on the mark.

The encouragement I was getting from my co-workers, along with this new view of myself as a worthy child of a loving, tender Father, helped me break out of my self-imprisonment. Only my fears and hurt were keeping me locked up inside myself. As I nurtured my self-awareness with spiritual love and acceptance, the reserve and quiet I’d been using as a shield dissolved more and more, replaced with care and love for others. I was finally getting outside of myself and seeing that there was a whole world waiting for what I had to give.

Once I began to shift my view of myself, I began to shed the fears that I’d had since childhood of relationships and dealing with other people. I felt much more accepted by others as I began to accept myself as worthwhile. And the world became brighter and more promising. Up to this point, I had been like a little rosebud that refused to open. But the spiritual love I was feeling was calling me to open up to the world—and blossom.

But I knew the changes I needed to make were entirely up to me. No one else could make them for me. I had to drop my fears and trust that God would guide me every step of the way. I realized that my happiness and self-worth rested on the good that I could do for others. By being a transparency for God’s love, I would find my own satisfaction and peace of mind.

I had always wanted to be outgoing, to be like everybody else. But I came to realize that the only way I could do this was to accept that as the image of God, I already was like everybody else. I prayed with the concept that God’s love is impartial and equal. I saw that because God created me and all of His children in His own image, everyone shares the same qualities.

I began to see that even though I was unique, I was not on the outside looking in. And, in fact, I never had been. With this understanding, I no longer had to hold myself back. I could drop the limiting thoughts about myself and let go of the belief that my insecurities could stop me from continually growing and feeling great about myself. I no longer saw myself as embattled by white culture—I could put that idea to rest completely. I realized that racism has no part in God’s creation. Nor was I clinging to issues of abuse to define me. Neither of these negative concepts had a place in my new, spiritualized view of myself and the world.

These ideas became a reality in my life when I started to believe that it was OK to be me. I had to nurture this new view, and one way I found to do this was to honor all that God had created me to be. It wasn’t about me as an individual with a negative, painful history or as a woman coming from a particular race. Rather, I realized that I was God’s creation and that He created only perfect beings. I needed to honor that perfection in myself. To me, honoring who I really was meant standing erect in that understanding. So, not only did I begin to take a stand mentally for my spiritual worthiness, but I actually began to physically stand up straighter and conduct myself with more confidence and poise.

I really got into studying what honor means. One dictionary defines honor as: “integrity, purity, respect,” and “high regard.” I had to start recognizing those very components within myself—as being part of who I was. As I began to feel this respect for myself, I realized I was seeing myself from God’s perspective. I was glimpsing bit by bit that this was how God would always regard me. Over time, my view of myself improved because I no longer thought of myself as inferior and unworthy. I had too much to give the world to be weighed down by a lot of negativity that really didn’t have anything to do with how I was created. And that meant that now I had to go out and start giving!

Cindy Neely speaks internationally on spirituality. She practices and teaches Christian Science healing.


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December 9, 2006
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Legrand H. Clegg II, Editor & Publisher *
Volume III, Edition V

“Was Jesus Black”
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The earliest gods and messiahs on all the continents were black. Research has yielded an impressive amount of material on the subject…The Messiahs, some of whom lived many centuries before Christ, had lives which so closely paralleled that of Christ that it seems most likely that the story of the latter was adapted from them. Moreover, the word Christ comes from the Indian, Krishna or Chrisna, which means “The Black One.”

J.A. Rogers

Many of the madonnas painted in the earliest centuries of Christ- iandom were black, according to historians, and it wasn’t until the Renaissance that it became popular to give the mother of Christ the features of a Florentine maiden [a white woman]

Washington Post (Religion) May 4, 1979.

Here in the United States, well over 95% of the 27 to 30 million people of African descent are Christians and they joined most of the rest of the Christian world in observing the birth of Jesus on December 25, Christmas Day. No other historical figure has received the recognition, veneration and unquestioned loyalty of Black people in the Western world that Jesus has. Yet, despite their widespread respect for and worship of Jesus, few Black people in the Americas or elsewhere ever have raised the question of whether He was Black and whether the doctrine He espoused was of African origin. Trained by white theologians or taught in White owned, controlled or financed seminaries, the average Black minister will not only deny that Jesus was a black man and claim that it is sinful to raise the question of His color, but also will insist that Jesus was colorless and declare that the blue- eyed blond painting of him hovering over the minister’s pulpit is just a White reflection of Christ’s universality. It is quite understandable, then, that the masses of Black Christians, who generaLly hold their ministers in high esteem, blithely continue to bow before, pray to and worship a blue-eyed blond stranger whom they have come to know as Jesus without ever questioning this image and its impact on them, their families and the Black race as a whole.

Recognizing the historical significance of religion to Black people and observing its present role in their nations and communities the world over, this writer feels that it is high time that the deeply-rooted religious beliefs of Blacks be fully examined by Black scholars with an eye toward freeing the race of false doctrines and misconceptions that were designed to perpetuate Black inferiority and servility. Since religion plays a key role in molding Black opinion and guiding Black behavior in Africa and the diaspora, the specific intent of this article on religion, is to reveal what modern science is proving each day – that the roots of all major religions are traceable to the Black people of ancient Africa and that most of the world’s venerated religious leaders were Blacks. It is hoped that these revelations will instill a sense of pride in Black people, hasten the day when false images will be removed from their houses of worship and free them of the widespread assumption – which is deeply embedded in their individual and collective subconscious – that they are cursed and doomed to failure because they were not created in God’s image.

Professor Locksley D.M. Geoghagen is one of the few black authorities on the origin of the Christian religion. A scholar of African-Jamaican ancestry, he has served as the Associate Director of the Educational Opportunities Program and a teacher in the Education Department at Cal Poly College, San Luis Obispo, California. He is a learning specialist with expertise in brain physiology, especially the cerebral hemisphere, and has teaching credentials on the community college level in psychology, education, political science, counseling and pupil personnel. Professor Geoghagen is also the coordinator of Leadership Programs at Cal Poly College.

A rare pluridisciplinary scholar, Professor Geoghagen has lectured broadly on subjects that range from melanin and the pineal gland to the African roots of civilization. He has often lectured with the distinguished author and scholar, Dr. Donald Cheek, and has traveled extensively, especially in Africa, with the world renowned historian, Dr. Yosef ben-Jochannan.

Professor Geoghagen has completed the course requirements for the Ph.D. in education at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and he plans to soon enter the field of Egyptology as an understudy of Dr. ben-Jochannan, Professor Geoghagen’s expertise on early Christianity has been acquired over the past ten years, during which time he has engaged in research, lecturing and writing in the United Sates, the Caribbean and Africa.

The following is an interview with Professor Geoghagen on religion in general and the ancestry of Jesus in particular.

MAAT: Professor Geoghagen, why don’t I just start with the question before us: Was Jesus a Black man?

Geoghagen: Yes, unequivocally and beyond a shadow of doubt, Jesus was a black man and there is much evidence to substantiate this. However, before I discuss this evidence, I would like to consider in some detail who Jesus was and to focus on the history of Christianity because Jesus’ blackness will not be fully understood or accepted without this background.

MAAT: Okay, just who was Jesus?

Geoghagen: That is a very difficult question to answer, for Jesus was and still is many things to many people. To Christians he is a part of the Godhead, the Son of God, the Son of Man, the Prince of Peace, the Word made flesh, the messiah of Jewish expectations. Hence, through his trials, sufferings, temptations, death and resurrection, He provides for the remission of sins, redemption and life eternal for those who follow his teachings and accept him as their personal savior. To me, he is one of the world’s 16 crucified saviors — the last of them, I might add – whose lives fit an almost identical pattern from the time of Horus in 4100 B.C. (according to the most ancient beliefs, he was the first crucified savior) to the time of Judas Christas (Christ the anointed) in the pre-Christian era. In essence, the life that Jesus purportedly led, the activities in which he engaged, his teachings, his trials and sufferings and eventual death and resurrection, are identical to those of Horus and Osiris (two ancient Egyptian gods) and the other 14 crucified saviors. This point of view or revelation, though potentially shocking to the mass of believers, is nevertheless common knowledge to scholars. So Jesus and the belief system that he represents are thus a reappearance of one of the most beautiful ideas of the ancient black Africans of Ta-Merry – now called Egypt – which represented the eternal Father by the ever- coming Son, as in the Child Horus. This was the child of a mother who was the eternal virgin. The doctrines of the Incarnation, i.e., the word made flesh: the virgin birth, the resurrection, the Father-God who is identical to his own son and other doctrines (believed to be specifically Christian) were Egyptian long before there was even the concept of Adam and Eve, Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

MAAT: Are you saying that Christianity as a religion had its origins in ancient Egypt?

Geoghagen: Yes. In addition to what I have just stated, in the Eschatology of the Egyptians is found a trinity and a unity, and the Egyptians believed in punishment as well as everlasting happiness. Not surprisingly, then, the doctrine of everlasting life and the belief in the resurrection of the “Spiritual Body” are, according to Dr. Albert Churchward(author of Signs and Symbols of Primordial Man, Origins of Freemasonry, The Origin And Evolution of Religion, The Origin And Evolution of The Human Race, etc.) “the brightest and most prominent features of the Egyptian religion, and this we find was their belief before the time of the first king of the first dynasty.” The general teachings and cosmological world view of the Egyptians eventually filtered down and provided the foundation for later so-called ‘Western Religions,’ i.e., Judaism, Christianity and Islam. This point is thoroughly documented by the brilliant and prolific African scholar, Dr. Josef ben-Jochannan, in an epic work, African Origins of the Major Western Religions. These teachings were handed down to the Essenes (a mythical Jewish sect in pre-Christian times) who were responsible for the development of many of the teachings and concepts attributed to Jesus.

MAAT: Are you suggesting, then, that Jesus was an Essene?

Geoghagan: There is no doubt in my mind that Jesus was an Essene. Essene doctrine is directly traceable to its African-Egyptian roots. In short, Jesus was one of the world’s 16 crucified saviors whose beliefs and teachings were founded on the doctrines and principles of the ancient African Mystery System, and the events of his life directly parallel those of Horus (the first crucified savior), who lived at least 4100 years before Christ. For example, Horus was born of a virgin (immaculate conception), he disappeared at age 12 and reappeared at 30; he died at age 33 and descended into Hell. On the third day, he arose again and ascended into Heaven to sit on the right hand of his father, etc. Horus was cut into 14 pieces; Jesus was stabbed fourteen times. Horus’ mother could find only one piece of him, his penis, and so she built obelisks in his memory. Jesus had the same phallic symbol associated with him, i.e., he had no sexual relations (at least after the conference of Nicene in 325 A.D.). So as you can see, Jesus and the other world saviors are copies of Horus. Their biographical facts are the same; only the names have changed.

MAAT: Are there parts of Jesus’ life that are generally unknown to the public?

GEOGHAGEN: Yes, much if not most of the facts surrounding his life are absolutely unknown to the general public. To be specific, there is a twenty-one year period of his life that is completely unaccounted for in the Gospel. These 21 years, I would argue, are of critical importance in understanding who Jesus was as well as the source, inspiration and eventual development of his message and ministry. The fact is that not only Jesus but also John the Baptizer and some of Jesus’disciples were taught, by Egyptian priests, some of the fundamentals of the African Mystery System which later, through adaptations and distortions, became the foundation for what is now known as Christianity in its various forms and manifestations. The fact that Jesus was an initiate in the African Mystery System; that Jesus was taught and did study at various subsidiary lodges of the Grand Lodge of Luxor in Africa and elsewhere (i.e. Tibet, India, etc.) The fact that it was in Africa that Jesus became acquainted with the Essenes, who were largely responsible for much of the teachings credited to Jesus.

MAAT: You keep mentioning the ancient African Mystery System.Can you briefly tell us what this was?

Geoghagen: Basically, the African Mystery System was the educational system of Africa. It was called a ‘mystery’ by E. Budge, the Famous Egyptologist, and other Egyptian scholars; but it was not a mystery to Africans. It encompassed many branches of knowledge, including all of the sciences, philosophy, physics, all of the liberal arts and, of course, religion and metaphysics.

The foundation of that which was later called Greek philosophy comes directly from the African Mystery System. If an individual wants confirmation of this, he can consult such books as G.M. James’ Stolen Legacy, B.D. Alexander’s History of Philosophy, Alfred Weber’s History of Philosophy, William Turner’s History of Philosophy and Zeber’s History of Philosophy.

Included as a part of the ancient African Mystery System were the major beliefs contained in the so-called ‘Western Religions’ of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. For those who want a closer look at this, I would recommend the Egyptian Book of the Dead and The Ancient Mysteries by C.H. Vail. Another book which provides great detail is Albert Churchward’s Signs and Symbols of Primordial Man. It lays out all of the Hebrew, Christian and Hindu doctrines that come directly from the African Mystery System. A comparable book, also written by Churchward, is Origin And Evolution of Religion.

MAAT: Speaking of references, do you have any sources that support your shocking revelations concerning the life of Jesus?

Geoghagen: I most assuredly do. The details of Jesus’ life from ages 12 to 33 are documented in the Aquarian Gospel of Jesus The Christ by Levi. It gives an account of Jesus’ interaction with his African masters and the teachings which they bestowed on him. Further, it documents the travels of Jesus from Africa to India and his eventual return to Africa; and confirms how Jesus acquired his cosmological world view in the process. The World’s Sixteen Crucified Saviors by Kersey Graves documents much of what I’ve said thus far. Stolen Legacy by George G.M. James, The Kione Bible (the original new testament written between ca. 50 A.D. – 100 A.D.). Anacalypsis by Godfrey Higgins, The Black Messiah by Albert Cleage Jr., and Jesus and The Zealots by S.G.F. Brandon, The Apocryphal New Testament by M.R. James, Rahids’ Aquarian Gospel (another portion of the books removed from the Bible). The Secret Books of the Egyptian Gnostics by J. Doresee. There are literally hundreds of references to back up what I have said, including the work of Gerald Massey, E.A. Wallis Budge, Joel A. Rogers, Albert Churchward and, of course, the works of Yosef ben- Jochannan. These references that I have given will allow interested scholars and individuals to begin to scratch the surface of the wealth of material that is available on this subject.

MAAT: You keep mentioning the Essenes and the fact that Jesus was somehow connected with them. Who are the Essenes and have there been Any scientific or archaeological discoveries that document their existence?

Geoghagen: A large portion of ‘Western Culture’ is indebted to a little known secret cult (a direct offshoot of the African- Egyptian Mystery System) which was called Essene, among other names. This cult of Hebraic people has been identified by their occupation, geographical location, forms of worship and peculiarities of faith. They have been variously known as The Baptizers, The Third Sect, Men of Essa, The Mystery Sect, The Seers, The Pious, The Associates, The Apron Makers, The Propheciers, Seekers Of The Prince of Righteousness, The Essenes and The Ossenes. Ancient documents indicate some of the earliest Essene origins. Pliny the Elder (70-77 A.D.) called them the Hessenes. Josephus (6-8 A.D.) labeled them the Essenes. The same term was later used by Chrysostam, Eusebius, Porphery, Hippolytus, and many other ecclesias and chroniclers. Many of the descriptions given by these writers, particularly Eusebius and Pliny, depict the Essenes as an ‘awesome, ascetic, pietistic sect which might be viewed as the forerunner of today’s ‘mod’ communities.’ This quotation is from Jesus Christ Super Psychic by T.N. Tiemeyer. Anyway, these and many other ancient references to the Essenes were fragmentary, distorted and often inaccurate. For example, ancient writers reported that the Essenes “lived without women, having renounced all sexual love.”

Yet recent diggings in their ancient cemetery have so far unearthed a number of female skeletons. Greek and Roman historians also failed to discern the religious and mystical element which were basic to Essene thought.

MAAT: But what is their relationship to Jesus and what evidence do you have to support it?

Geoghagen: Like you, my primary concern with the Essenes is the relationship of their Order of Sect, and how, through their guidance and direction, Jesus was able to develop his own spiritual talents. For countless centuries, scholars have suggested that many of the teachings attributed to Jesus were very much influenced by the teachings of the Essenes. No doubt the expression of such a viewpoint subjects one to declarations of heresy by those in orthodox church circles. In other words, to even suggest that any part of the message of Jesus is or was less than original with Jesus is, no doubt, heresy. But, heresy or not, the historical facts speak for themselves. The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls by a young Bedouin, Mohammad el-Deeb, in 1945, did much to shed some light on this controversial topic. These scrolls were discovered in the northwest part of the Dead Sea Valley near Jericho in a series of caves on the edge of a valley named Wali Qumran. In the entire twentieth century, no discovery has had a greater impact on Biblicists, theologians and Judea-Christian exponents than the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Most scholars greeted the news with exultation. Such was not the case, however, for orthodox Christian believers in Jesus as “the only begotten Son of the Father.” Hence, their response to the discovery of the scrolls and its implications was less than joyful. Ancient prophets, such as Isaiah, Moses and Zacharia, had predicted the coming of “the Messiah,” “the Holy One of God,” “the Prince of Peace,” etc. And, early Bible authorities were aware that the Essenes had prophesied the coming of a “teacher of righteousness.” It was naturally assumed that this was a term equivalent to those in the scriptures and that Jesus was the fulfillment of the Essene prophecies as well. But the Dead Sea Scrolls revealed that by the time of Jesus, the “teacher of righteousness” had already come and gone. Compounding this is the fact that the Dead Sea Scrolls were a source of further embarrassment to scholars of Biblicism because many of the sayings attributed to Jesus as original are found in the Essene records. Among the expressions and sayings generally claimed by Christians as original with Jesus, but yet contained in the pre-Christian Essene records are:

“Peace on Earth and good will to men,” “You are the salt of the earth; you are the light of the world.” “The thirst for righteousness.” “The kingdom of God.” “The Sons of light and the Children of darkness.”

These are just a few. In addition, I would like to paraphrase from T.N. Tiemeyer’s Jesus Christ Super Psychic. Rev. Tiemeyer states that the Dead Sea apocalyptical scrolls and The Book of Enoch, which were found in the caves of Qumran, beyond a shadow of doubt, have been dated before Christianity. However, these writings contain numerous phrases and concepts similar to those in the Sermon on the Mount. Also a list of selected Essene sayings compared to the Beatitudes of Jesus are remarkably similar. Tiemeyer goes on to say that: “obviously the best explanation is that Jesus was taught in the training schools of the Essenes.” The evidence also points to New Testament persons as disciples of this same cult. The Bible descriptions of John the Baptizer, his life and personal habits conform to the practices of the Qumran community. Again in my mind there is little doubt but that Jesus was an Essene who espoused Essene doctrine which originally came from the teachings of the African Mystery System and were later incorporated as part of the foundation of Christian thought.

MAAT: Now that you have made these astounding revelations concerning the life of Jesus and the origins of his teachings, let us return to our original question: Was this figure of world renown a Black man? And, if so, are there any paintings, statues or icons that portray him as such?

Geoghagen: Indeed, Jesus was a Black man, and there are numerous early paintings, statues and icons that graphically depict both Mary and Jesus as Black people. According to Godfrey Higgins (author of the monumental historical document Anacalypsis), who visited the cathedrals of Europe before the anti-religious period of the French Revolution, all the madonnas and Christ-childs were depicted as black: “In all the Romish countries of Europe, in France, Italy, Germany, etc., the God, Christ, as well as his mother are described in the old pictures to be black. The infant God in the arms of his black mother, his eyes drapery white, is himself perfectly black. If the reader doubts my words, he may go to the cathedral of Moulins – to the famous chapel of the Virgin of Loretto, to the Church of Annunciata; the Church of St. Lazaro, or the Church of St. Stephen at Genoa, to St. Francisco at Pisa; to the Church of Brixer in the Tyrol, and that of Padua; to the Church of St. Theodore at Munich, etc. This is further supported and documented by the work of J.A. Rogers, Albert Churchward, Yosef ben-Jochannan, C.W. King, J.S. Matthews, Gerald Massey and various other writers who give detailed accounts of the original Black Mary and Jesus. It was with the advent of Michaelango, who used his family to pose for the paintings that he did of Jesus, Mary, Joseph, etc. – coupled with European white racism – that we begin to see Jesus portrayed as a white man. But how could it be otherwise? How could a group of people simultaneously proclaim and practice white racism and justify slavery under the guise of bringing the message of Christianity to the ‘heathens’ or ‘pagan black savages’ in Africa – and at the same time tell the truth that Jesus was a Black man and that in fact Christianity started in Africa, where Panteus and Boteus reported that Jesus was born in a cave in Ethiopia? And that it was not until the Nicene conference that Jesus’ birthplace was changed to a stable in Bethlehem.

MAAT: This is the second time you have mentioned the Nicene Conference. Where was this conference held? What was it about? And who attended it?

Geoghagen: There were two councils of the Christian Church held in Nicea (Nice), in what is now northwest Turkey. The most important was called in 325 A.D. by Constantine “the Great” and 219 bishops from all of the powerful Christian regions attended it. It was the intent of Constantine to change Christianity into Christiandom. In other words, religion would now become the vehicle of government control over the people. Achievement of this goal involved changing some of the tenets of Christianity. Anyone who is interested can obtain a copy of the proceedings of the Nicene Conference and see the tremendous political struggle that was going on between the “Men of God.”

One will notice that at least 18 books – including the book of Mary – that were part of the Koin Bible (the original Bible up to that point) were removed from the canons. Furthermore, many of the ancient African teachings, including the concept of reincarnation, were removed from Christianity. And it was at this time that they put into the new Bible the ancient African concept of the Immaculate Conception.

MAAT: Are you literally saying that the original Bible was changed at the Nicene Conference?

Geoghagen: Yes. But this was not the first time that Church leaders had gotten together to fight over what was to be accepted as Christianity. A similar conference was held in Jamnia in A.D. 90, at which time other changes were made.

MAAT: Getting back to the questions of whether Jesus was a Black man: Some scholars, of course, would challenge your position that Jesus was a black man on the ground that he was Jewish and could not therefore have been Black.

Geoghagen: My opinion is that those would be very misinformed scholars because the original Jews were Black people.

MAAT: Some scientists today might also raise the point that the ancient Shroud of Turin, which has been highly touted by the press and which many now claim bears the image of Jesus, does not appear to depict a Black man. What would be your response to this?

Geoghagen: It would be of little consequence as to whether the shroud of Turin appears to be Black, Asian, Caucasian or whatever, because the only thing that scientists are able to determine at this point is that indeed this probably was a shroud that covered a human body and does not appear to be fake.

But no Scientist alive of whom I am aware – racist or nonracist, Christian or non-Christian – can in any way, shape, form or fashion document that the Shroud of Turin is the one that was placed over Jesus’ body at the time of his death.

MAAT: Was Jesus the only great religious leader who was Black?

Geoghagen: Absolutely not. Most of the ancient prophets and saviors of most religions were depicted in their original form as Blacks.

MAAT: If all of these ancient prophets, gods and goddesses were Blacks, does this suggest a universal Black dominance in the ancient world?

Geoghagen: Most certainly, yes. One might read Gerald Massey’s Egypt: The Light of the World, from archaeological and anthropological evidence alone, there is no doubt that the race of Black people was the seed race for humanity. In other words, we were here before anyone else and our presence was felt and known throughout the world.

We not only occupied Africa, but our remains have been discovered from the Fiji Islands to Tasmania, Melanesia, India, China, Japan, Mexico and even Europe. Many scientists have shown that the original race of people in all of these areas was the Black race.

MAAT: Why is it that the facts that you have revealed here are unknown to the general public?

Geoghagen: They are intentionally kept from the public. You take a situation where you have a group of people – namely white people – who have actually taken philosophy, religion, education, science, liberal arts, everything that you can associate with the word “culture” from Black people. They have taken it, distorted it, adopted it and used it against the very people from whom they received it as a justification for slavery. So, it was convenient to enslave Blacks in Africa under the guise of spreading Christianity when it fact the religion as developed in Africa (there were 27 bishops and seven Popes of the North African Church before the first one in Rome – this is documented in the book Libers Pontificals, which, when translated into English, is Book of the Popes). I should also point out here that few references are made to the fact that three of the earliest fathers of the Christian church were Blacks. St. Augustine (born at Tagaste, Numida, North Africa in 354 A.S.), who set the moral doctrine of the Christian Church; Tutillian and Cyprian. How could white people tell Blacks that they had no history or culture other than that which Europeans gave them and at the same time tell them that Christianity was not only developed by Blacks, but that its master, Jesus, was a Black man? This could not be done.

MAAT: Why do you think that it is important for Black people to know that Jesus was a Black man and that Christianity is of African origin?

Geoghagen: I feel that this information is critical to the self- esteem and future of Blacks around the globe. Our contributions as the originators of high culture or “civilization” have been systematically kept from us. Our inventions, our philosophies, our religious concepts and

systems have been stolen, co-opted, distorted, adopted and then used against us. We as a people must begin to assert ourselves and to reclaim our history and our science, and become knowledgeable about who we are, whence we came, and where we are going. Without a thorough knowledge and understanding of African history (including the development of Christianity in Africa), our future as a people is at best bleak. ——————————————————————–

Copyright 1997, Legrand Clegg II, All Rights Reserved



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December 8, 2006

Black is not only Beautiful but is the Mother of all other
beauty-brown,yellow ,white all come from it!
The brainwashing by the white media is now promoting white beauty and
anything as close as possible(yellow),what Fela called yellow fever is
sweeping Blacks,Africa! We must fight it especially in our media by
highlighting Black skin beauty instead of show casing yellow beauty.
is the cause of this rush to bleach. Black men must stop preferring
over Black skin(but notice that when it comes to marriage they then
Black skin beauties!).Nigerian husbands must say no to bleaching and
promoting yellow beauty over Black.Adverts must use Black skinned
and not promote others who cause many to want to bleach! Black skinned
beauties must be patience and know that in the end they will win
out!(Don’t fall for bleaching! It destroys your skin, and you will
and age quickly and no self respecting man will take you home to
Sister Funke,Keep on Promoting Black Beauty in your column! We shall
overcome! Black Beauty will Rise again and be on top again, as it
be in the Land of the Black man!

Your Black is Beautiful Promoting Sister,
Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade



December 8, 2006

Writer Crusades to Bring African Healing to Troubled America

(From website)

by David Johnson

Although the West African nation of Burkina Faso usually ranks as one of the world’s poorest countries, it has a spiritual wealth that rich nations lack, according to a traditional African healer and writer. “Burkina is very rich in spiritual life and in communities,” said Sobonfu E. Somי (pictured with her husband, Malidoma), a Burkina Faso native now living in Oakland, California. Somי said that although Burkina Faso is technically poor, life is often easier there than it is in the United States, and there is much that Africans can teach Americans. For those who want to learn, Somי provides many important cultural lessons in a new book on African healing traditions, Welcoming Spirit Home: Ancient African Teachings to Celebrate Children and Community, which was recently released by New World Library of Novato, California.

In a recent interview, Somי discussed the cultural distance between Africa and America and the messages contained in her book. Somי said isolation is one aspect of American life that makes it particularly difficult. In her homeland, and in Africa in general, just about everyone has an extended family ready to help with life’s problems. “It is the support of communities that makes a person keep his self respect in a crisis,” Somי said. “Wealth is not determined by how much we have in our bank accounts but by how many people we have around us and how much our spirit, soul, and heart have to offer.”

According to Somי, not only is financial wealth a false measure of the quality of life, materialism can be an obstacle to spiritual fulfillment. “If you have so much stuff around you, you are worried about how to keep it up,” she said. “It gets in the way of your spirituality.” Somי said that when she visits her village in Burkina Faso and shares photographs of her American apartment, people are surprised at the overabundance of material possessions. “The elders see collecting material objects as a way of actually keeping yourself away from spirit, of ‘stuffing’ yourself until there is no room for spirit,” she writes in her book. “When this happens spirit could be at your door knocking and you can’t answer it – there is no room.”

Although she admitted “it is always challenging to bring the spiritual into the material world,” Somי explained that in the face of constant stress and overwhelming activity, ritual can put people back in touch with the earth and with their inner values. Her book draws on rituals and practices involving community, birth, miscarriage and children. While many of the rituals she discusses are common throughout much of Africa, Somי draws specifically on her own village of Dano in southwestern Burkina Faso, and her ethnic heritage as a Dagara, one of some 60 ethnic groups in that nation.

Dagara rituals involve healing and preparing the mind, body, spirit and soul to receive the spirituality that, according to Somי, is all around us. “[The Dagara] don’t see things as separate, they see things as one whole package you have to deal with,” she said. “It is important to cleanse the body physically and spiritually so the spirit who comes here doesn’t come into a whole mess.”

“It is very important to look at pregnancy, birth and miscarriage, not as mechanical processes,” she said, “but as a series of steps that need to be acknowledged.” Ritual can help bring children into a caring, supportive environment, Somי said, adding that Americans are frequently more involved with their careers and other interests than they are with their own children. “So far, I haven’t seen any country that can survive without children,” she said. “[Americans] ignore children and they look for acknowledgement in other ways that are not always healthy.”

Somי suggests creating a shrine in your home as a way of taking the first step on a spiritual path. “I definitely recommend shrines because shrines are a doorway to the spiritual world,” she said. Creating a sacred space for prayer and meditation in your home can be easy, since it only requires everyday items. Objects should represent the five element classes of the Dagara – fire, water, earth, nature and mineral. Water should be present, preferably in a blue bowl, since blue represents water. A bowl of fruit, and/or soil, represents earth, while a small potted plant or a twig can signify nature. Bones, stones or metal can indicate mineral, while fire can be portrayed by a mask, ashes or, if possible, a fire. Photographs, pictures or other meaningful personal items can be used to individualize the shrine.

Colored candles may also be used to represent the elements. Blue or black candles, representing water, promote peace and reconciliation and improve concentration. Somי recommends water rituals for those under stress. Red candles symbolize fire, which enhances vision, the ability to communicate with ancestors, and dreams.

White candles represent mineral, which facilitates memory, as well as connections to other people. Green candles symbolize transitions and permit magic to occur, while yellow portrays earth, creating grounded energy, fertility, and a sense of identity. Other rituals in the book discuss cleansing and bathing. Somי explained that bathing with certain herbs can also have beneficial effects. She said, “Lavender and sage are very important, since they cleanse the body as well as the spirit.”

Another ritual of great importance involves the proper naming of children. Somי noted that her own name means “keeper of the rituals, keeper of the knowledge,” which has been appropriate for her work. She said that if a child is named improperly, negative energy could build up and send him in the wrong direction in life. During a naming ritual, the expectant mother is put into a trance and the elder village women interview the baby in the womb to determine its character.

Another traditional practice had direct impact on Somי’s life. In 1992 she was married to Malidoma Somי, in a ceremony arranged by village elders. The wedding was unusual in American eyes since Malidoma was not only absent from his own wedding, he did not even learn he was married until some time later when he received a letter from his parents. Malidoma was teaching comparative literature at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor at the time.

While she said her marriage is now “delightful,” Somי conceded the adjustment to an arranged marriage was hard on Malidoma at first. “There he was, an educated man with two PhDs and three master’s degrees,” she said. “It was a challenge.” Also challenging to many Americans is the African concept that marriage is not simply a private affair between two individuals, but a set of relationships between two extended families. “You may marry a whole tribe, a whole village, a whole family,” Somי said.

Malidoma and Sobonfu now teach African spirituality together. They are also involved in the Friends of the Dagara Water Project, which funds water irrigation projects in the Dagara region of Burkina Faso. Somי explained that the Sahara Desert is marching south at the rate of several miles each year. “It’s scary and very frightening,” she said; savage dust storms from December to February regularly obliterate the sun and make people ill.

Whether working on an African environmental preservation project or instructing readers in Dagara rituals of spirituality and healing, Somי has carved a niche for herself as an African resident in America, rooted in her ancestral homeland and quick to share African cultural gifts with new American neighbors. Welcoming Spirit Home and Somי’s first book, Spirit of Intimacy: Ancient Teachings in the Ways of Relationships, are available through the Africana Media Center.

For more information on the Friends of the Dagara Water Project, contact: Echoes of the Ancestors, P.O. Box 4918, Oakland, CA, 94605-6918, or visit their website. For information on the Dagara people, African healing, or on several books by Malidoma and Sobonfu, visit the Malidoma website.

About the Author

Sources: Sobonfu E. Somé, Welcoming Spirit Home, Encarta Africana.


December 7, 2006

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by Kam Williams

Was Jesus a black man? He might have been, given the features of the folks from the region of the world where he was born. He was at least more likely to look more like a brother than the generally-accepted representations of him as a fair-skinned, flaxen-haired Caucasian. Yet, Hollywood has never seen fit to make a major motion picture featuring a sepia Son of God. Till now.
Color of the Cross is the brainchild of actor/writer/director Jean-Claude LaMarre, a gifted tale-spinner who does much more here than merely revisit the life of Christ in blackface. For this controversial reinterpretation of the scriptures, which transpires during the 48 hours leading up to the Crucifixion, mixes many instantly recognizable Biblical passages with speculation about a motive for murdering Jesus which had to do with his skin color.
So, we find familiar scenes such as those taking place in the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus (LaMarre) prayed to God the Father the night before he died, and where he was later betrayed by Judas (Johann John Jean) with a kiss for 30 pieces of silver. Of course, there’s The Last Supper, the last meal Christ shared with the Apostles.
Superficially, Color of the Cross reads like a Passion Play except for the
fact that Jesus is black, and that he has been rejected by disbelieving rabbis who have a hard time swallowing the idea that of a dark-skinned Messiah. In fact, they routinely refer to him as the black Nazarene, so in this version of the New Testament not only do the Jews crucify Christ, but they’re portrayed as racists to boot.
Although this ethnic discrimination angle might be factually inaccurate, since if Jesus was a black Jew, his accusers must’ve mostly been black Jews, too, the best thing about Color of the Cross is that it finally furnishes us with a reason for the Crucifixion. It reminded me of the Don Rickles routine in which the comedian wondered how his people could possibly have screwed up Christmas. Now we at least have a theory.

The storyline aside, Jean-Claude LaMarre charismatic performance as Jesus is what really holds the production together. He receives considerable help in this regard from his capable supporting cast which includes Debbi Morgan as the Virgin Mary, Ananda Lewis as Leah, Akiva David as John, Jacinto Taras Riddick as Peter, and John Pierre Parent as Doubting Thomas.

Is the film blasphemous? Blasphemy is in the eye of the beholder. But it’s certainly a lot closer in tone to The Ten Commandments (1956) and The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) than to The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) or Andy Warhol’s Imitation of Christ (1967).
Regardless, if Kanye West can appear on the cover of Rolling Stone sporting a crown of thorns, then we’re probably already primed for a religious epic featuring an ebony Prince of Peace. Let the debates begin!
Excellent (4 stars)
Rated PG-13 for graphic crucifixion images.
Running time: 108 minutes
Studio: Nu-Lite Entertainment


December 7, 2006

The death of Yoruba language?
By Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade
“Kilo happen? Ma worry. Mo understand. Kosi problem. Mo sorry gan. Ma expect me. Ke e nice day” – (a GSM conversation)
Surely this is not Yoruba that this man is speaking? Definitely not! Yet everyday Yoruba speaking people are killing Yoruba like this. Is this the new (English) pidgin for Yorubaland, joining other sections of the country, who have specialised in killing their own Nigerian language by using mainly “pidgin” in the name of “communicating” with other groups? Oyinbo culture has brought Nigerian culture to its knees in so many ways – now a foreign language seeks to kill our own God-given languages, using Nigerians as the executioners! Eewo!
That English, the ready-made weapon of British-American cultural imperialism, is not just trying to destroy African languages, but is attacking all other languages worldwide, I agree. Ojoogbon Akinwunmi Isola, the newly-appointed Chair of Oyo State Arts and Culture Board, related to me during a discussion with Ojoogbon Babatunde Fafunwa, the problem the French are having with English. He stated that the French government had recently warned all French broadcasters to stop polluting French with English, as is now popular in general French conversation, or face dismissal. But I doubt whether the French would think of slaughtering their language to the extent that Yorubas daily have begun to do.
The greatest tragedy in Yorubaland today however regarding language is the dominating trend to speak only English to their children, making it their first language, then sending them to private nursery school, who only teach in English and causing Yoruba children to value English above all other languages! (After all their WAEC will not be in Yoruba, one highly-educated Yoruba man told me!) And see the result! In effect,that child has become an Oyinbo child and no longer a Yoruba child.What are the grim onsequences of this disturbing trend? The first problem that will result is a change in that child’s behavior with respect to discipline and respect for his parents and others.. The English-speaking child will never become great in creativity nor in leadership in the Nigerian context; he or she can never become the President of Nigeria for example. Is it possible to have a Nigerian President who cannot speak his Mother-Tongue effectively? These English-speaking children will rudely use English to disrespect all and sundry (after all English does not have pronouns of respect for anybody). Hear them saying “Shut up Daddy! – Give me back my candy!” in an authoritative way. And hear this one told by Oloogbon Ishola – an semi-literate (in English)) parent says to his child, “Say hello to Daddy”. The child replies “Ye ‘llo Daddy”. Olodumare! Yoruba children now do not know proper Yoruba and even as a result of this mixture do not know the real Yoruba words for “ma worry”, “check result” etc.. Ask them or some of their parents and they will tell you they don’t know the original Yoruba for the popular phrases that many literate and non-literate leaders and followers commonly use throughout Yorubaland.
As a Black-American, who has come back to her Yoruba roots these past 26 years in Nigeria, I want to break down in tears over this “iyonu”! How can Yorubas kill their own language? What sort of curse is this? Obviously the curse of european-american imperialism/colonialism/slavery! As a result I have declared “War Against Destroying Our Nigerian Languages” from today. And it must start from Yorubaland. Are not the Yorubas the “wisest and the greatest”? As everything good seems to start from Yorubaland in Nigeria, “let it be so”.
I am appealing to all full-blooded Yoruba, as of today to consciously seek not to mix English with their Yoruba. Yoruba leaders must slowly speak, watching their tongues, not to include any English words inside their Yoruba. It has gotten to a state where such leaders cannot avoid mixing English as they speak Yoruba and their every sentence includes whole English phrases! The late Yoruba leader, Oloye Bola Ige was a pure Yoruba language speaker and other Yoruba leaders should follow his example. This is a “War Against English words entering Yoruba”!
All clubs and organisations in Yorubaland should hold bi-annual and annual Yoruba Speaking Competitions for the “Best Yoruba Speaker”, with heavy monetary prizes (N20,000 plus) to get Yorubas to consciously practice speaking Yoruba without any English mixture. Yoruba broadcasters are guilty of promoting this deadly trend. Yoruba stations must have quarterly courses in Correct Yoruba Speaking for they are one of the biggest offenders of mixing heavily English into Yoruba. In schools Yoruba teachers must stress the importance of not mixing Yoruba. All private schools in Yorubaland must be required to have classes in Yoruba language from nursery through secondary school levels. There is a “famous” private school in Lagos, owned by Lebanese (or is it Syrians), which does not teach Yoruba on the secondary school level, as required by law. Law enforcement is necessary with frequent unannounced inspections on this crucial issue. And any student who fails to pass Yoruba in Yorubaland must not be allowed to graduate!
The Yoruba Press must be commended for indeed holding the banner high and not polluting Yoruba with English, especially Alaroye.Alalaye, Ajoro, Iroyin Yoruba, Akede must also continue the struggle to save Yoruba language. More effort however must be made to eliminate “pasito”, professor ,”dokita” words as most of them have genuine Yoruba words that can be enlisted and popularised among their readers. Aworerin must be resurrected by Alaroye, for use in all schools in Yorubaland as it was in the ’50s to inculcate love of Yoruba language among children. Yoruba departments in Nigerian and foreign universities must start churning out more research on modernising Yoruba for technical, scientific and other vocabulary and making it available through special courses for the media and the general Yoruba public.
Tiwantiwa(,created by Sister Molara Wood in London,must be commended for keeping the purity of the Yoruba Language intact.More Yoruba websites are needed on the worldwide web.
Yoruba writers must begin to write and publish bilingual publications.For any publication they publish in English, its Yoruba equivalent must be done. In the same book (Yoruba-from the front, turn upside down, English from the back) is one way to do it or in a title simultaneously released. More books, magazines, other publications like club histories, year books must be published in Yoruba. (Do you know that Alaroye sells many more copies than English newspapers in Yorubaland?) For example why is a prominent Yoruba Club issuing their history in English? If they must have English, then it must be a bilingual edition, in Yoruba from the back. Who but Yoruba should promote publications in Yoruba? We must stop promoting a foreign language over our own God-given language.
Yoruba music too, has been assaulted by Yoruba artists, unknowingly killing Yoruba language. The mixture of English has reached a new high in Fuji. Yoruba Gospel has started mixing English inside Yoruba songs within Yoruba cassettes, adding along side complete English songs! Olodumare! Such artists must be warned – no more killing of the language in this manner. If it is English you want then put that on an English cassette. Do not replace our God-given Yoruba in a Yoruba music cassette!
Yoruba movie practitioners are perhaps the biggest offenders and must take up this challenge to save Yoruba language. English mixing should absolutely be banned in all Yoruba films. I have not researched the topic but I suspect that Hausa, is probably the most unpolluted language in Nigeria, and in all their films that I have seen there is no English there at all.
The beauty of the Yoruba language must be showcased by having more Yoruba Cultural Festivals to be held by all clubs and organisations in Yorubaland annually. Odua’s People Congress and other enforcers of law and order in Yorubaland must be in the vanguard, not only by stressing among its members that Yoruba should not be polluted but by holding bi-Annual Yoruba Speaking competitions for the “Best Yoruba Speaker”. They must lead the way in correct Yoruba speaking and have literacy classes for all their members to learn to read in Yoruba and encourage them to speak Yoruba in the home to their children: Yoruba must become again the first language of Yorubas at home and abroad.
All legislatures in Yorubaland should switch to using Yoruba as the first language of communication for their deliberations. If English has to be listed at all it can be the second language of communication!
Finally a private, Yoruba school system must be set up. These schools will teach all subjects in Yoruba from nursery up to the university eventually. If it must be like a “mushroom school”, starting with nursery school first and adding class by class this must be done. This Yoruba Academy can be supported extensively by Yorubas abroad, eventually having board houses were Yoruba children from abroad can join their counterparts here, including all “classes of children, street children etc.) This Yoruba Academy will inculcate Yoruba culture into our children also. With the help of our Yoruba scholars we can build on Ojoogbon Babatunde Fafunwa’s successful “Mother-tongue Education” project at University of Ife in the 60s. Afterall, even UNESCO has proven that Mother-tongue Education is the best for all children.
Let Yoruba Language not die! God has given the Yoruba race a language to be proud of, anywhere in the world (there are at least 60 million or more Yoruba speakers throughout the world). Let’s not destroy it with our own mouths! Let us pass it on in its richness to our children, daily in our home. Let us proudly speak it daily, read it daily, champion it daily. Yorubas cannot remain great without our language. And let us be in the vanguard of saving all Nigerian/African languages.
Biu, Ogoni, Urhorbo, Igede, Ogoja, Ebira, Idoma, Efik, Tiv, Langale, Tangale,Ikwerre,Kagona, Kutep, Oron, Legdo, Bubiaro, Esan, Afima, Itsekiri, Ijaw, Edo, Ikenne, Joba, Gwari, Ibo, Igala, Hausa, speakers are you listening?
*Mrs Olade is the Chief Librarian of African Heritage Research Library, Adeyipo Village via Ibadan.

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December 7, 2006

Tonite I text the one I love
expressing my African
Love to you
That includes patience
And caring
Needing nothing in


December 7, 2006



To Chief (Dr.) Bayo Adebowale and His Entire Adeyipo-Oranyan Extended Family, who have totally embraced my family and made my return “Back to Africa” worthwhile!

II. Forward
IV. Introduction:African Polygamy defined;polygamy in the Bible, the Koran;the rise of African-american Polygamy;comparisons


l. “The Curse of One Man/One Wife”:Why Marriages Based on Monogamy Are Failing!

2.”Can You Be All Things to a Man,Or Do You Even Have the Time to Be?”(including “The Black Facts of Marriage”)

3.”One Woman Is Not Enough”:Advice to African(Black) Men

4.”The Practice of Positive Polygamy “:(including “The BLACK RULES of POLYGAMY” and “The l0 Black Commandments of Polygamy”)

5.”The Problems of Polygamy and How To Deal With Them”:(Jealousy,Negative Rivalry Between the Wives,Unequal Sharing,Unhealthy competition, Witchcraft,Intriques,Manipulations, Favoriticism, and Neglect of the other Wives or Wives’ Children)

6″Senior Vs. Junior Rights”:Relationships Between Women in Polygamy

7.”Many Loving Mothers”:Children in Polygamy

8. “Positive Polygamy”:Saving the Extended Family(Advantages and the Necessity of
the African Extended Family in the 21st Century both in Africa and Africa-america and the Diaspora;Reply to Critics of Polygamy)

9.”Positive Polygamy”:Quesstions and Answers

l0.Polygamy Quotes and Proverbs

a.Black Notes and Bibliography
b.A Bibliography of Positive Polygamy


December 7, 2006


“Son of the Soil” grounded
In Yoruba lifestyles Lifting up your head above the lies Of western-white-imposed-religion/culture
Your handsome Ebony face
Carved with the marked Dignity of Strong Black Royalty
Your horn of love surpassing all in
Its Black elongated beauty
And power steering love beyond ecstasy
Your gentleness filling me with
Tenderness, caressing me with its unexpectedness
Your heart given out to me early in sympathy All these overcome me with
An overwhelming growing love
That burns fire in my body
Loyalty in my Soul

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