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Kemet: A Short Study Guide
It is important to have a critical understanding of Kemetic / Egyptian history for the sake of Kemet / Egypt. This short study guide provides enough scope and content pertaining to Kemet / Egypt history and culture, religion and philosophy, and lastly who they were (and are).

Further it is important to understand the pernicious undertakings of parasitic racist whites to append the histories of Africa and other societies as their own. Though they have not engendered a single one, they psychopathically in a rather desperate and concerted attempt claim every ancient civilization.

Lastly, it’s important to understand what African people are going through to restore their rightful place in history.

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History

African Origin of Civilization – Cheikh Anta Diop

“Our investigations have convinced us that the West has not been calm enough and objective enough to teach our history correctly, without crude falsifications” – p.XiV A seminal work debunking the myth of a white Kemetic / Egyptian civilization. Diop examines every approach taken by white racist including its pseudo-sciences contrived to proclaim Kemet / Egypt a white civilization. This work presents the factual racial history of the origins of Kemet and their achievements.

Civilization or Barbarism – Cheikh Anta Diop

“For us, the return to Egypt in all domains is the necessary condition for reconciling African civilizations with history…” p. 3 A comprehensive overview of the origins and development of civilization and the African role in its unfolding. Dr. Diop provides evidence from all major fields of science to show the foundations of civilization were developed and spread globally before the Aryan (principally Europeans and Arabs) would encounter and benefit from it.

The Destruction of Black Civilization – Chancellor Williams

“This work begins where the history of the Blacks began, in Egypt (Northern Ethiopia) and Sudan (Southern Ethiopia). Thus at the very outset, I clash head-on with the Caucasian version of African history.” – p.37 Dr. Chancellor Williams provides a critical survey on the development and demise of Kemet / Egypt. He demonstrates that Aryans (European and Arab) invasions and their diametrically opposed anti-African culture led to the fundamental demise of Kemet / Egypt.

Egypt Revisited – Ivan Van Sertima, editor

“Egypt has created the greatest and most enduring of all ancient civilizations. Its remarkable achievements in the arts and sciences, its influence upon the philosophy of both Europe and Asia, is seldom denied. Few studies, however, admit the significant, indeed predominant role of Africans in the building of this civilization.” p.3 This is an excellent collection of essays by scholars addressing Kemet / Egypt civilization from various perspectives including its origins, racial makeup, science, philosophy and more. Dr. Sermita, through the Journal of African Civilizations, has produced a critical building block in the pyramid of reclaiming Kemet / Egypt from the clutches of European and Arab pseudo-scholars and scientist.

Black Man of the Nile and His Family – Yosef ben-Jochannan

“In this volume facts of African history which have been for so long purposefully withheld from the public shall be revealed and carefully explained.” – p. XI Dr. ben-Jochannan offers a scathing treatise on the psychopathic behavior of white pseudo-scientist and their absurd claims of a white Kemet / Egypt civilization. Additionally, he offers one of the best chronologies of Kemet / Egypt dynastic history.

History of Egypt – E. A. Wallis Budge
In this 8-vol set Budge gives a relatively honest account of the facts un-earthed that show Kemet-Nu / Egyptians were/are African. His is a dynasty by dynasty exam of the artifacts and of the mummified remains from the royal tombs. This work preceded his later claim of the Kemet-Nu being white (a turn that most of the white pseudo-Egyptologist made per their funding organizations dictates)

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Greece and Rome

Stolen Legacy – George G.M. James
“The true authors of Greek philosophy were not the Greeks, but the people of North Africa commonly called the Egyptians” p.7 Prof. James provides a critical survey history of Kemetic / Egyptian intellectual impact on the development of southern Europe and western Asia; of the Greek invasions into Kemet / Egypt, the resultant plundering of the Kemetic / Institutions and the false claims by Greeks to have studied, learned and authored the body of knowledge they stole from Kemet / Egypt.

The Children of the Sun – George Wells Parker

“When the Aryans invaded Greece they were savages from Neolitic Europe and could not possibly have possessed the high artistic capacities and rich culture necessary for the unfolding of Aegean civilization.” – p.23 A seminal essay on the African origin of civilization and challenging the European origins of Greek Civilization.

Africa and Africans As Seen By Classical Writers – William Leo Hansberry

“In the beginnings of European literature, few names are better known and none is older than that of Ethiopia. Europe’s earliest poetry sings of no foreign people quite so romantic; it geography records no country more distant; and its efforts at history memorializes no nation thought more ancient than that designated by this celebrated name.” p.7 These writings by Dr. Hansberry are seminal to understanding the place of admiration, celeberty and power Ethiopia and Kemet held in the mind of the Greeks and Romans. This publication helps us to see the distinction between early Aryan invaders who wrote about Ethiopian and Kemet as African and the latter day racist pseudo-scientist who attempt to fabricate a White Ethiopia and Kemet (Egypt).

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Race

Black Folk Here and There – St. Clair Drake

“Black Folk Here and There deals with the Black Experience before White Racism emerged as a dogma to support a system of institutionalized practices designed to justify the transatlantic African slave trade and Western Hemisphere slave systems.” – p.7 Dr. Drake offers a 2-volume examination of race, skin color, prejudice and racism from ancient times to the current era. His work looks at race from the perspective of the ancient peoples and at the beliefs, understanding and use of race in modern race relations.

The Cultural Unity Of Black Africa – Cheikh Anta Diop

“I have tried to bring to view the common denominator in African culture as opposed to that of the Northern Aryan culture…. May this work contribute to strengthening of the feelings of goodwill which have always united Africans from one end of the continent to the other and thus show our organic cultural unity.” p.8 This is an extremely important work for understanding the origins of races, their developments, cultural distinctions and, especially important, the diametrically opposite cultures of the African and the Aryan. Diop’s work provides a foundation for rebuilding African civilization and a tool towards defeating Aryan racism.

See also: African Origin of Civilization – Cheikh Anta Diop

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Religion / Philosophy

Ancient Egypt the Light of the World – Gerald Massey

Massey’s 2-volume set offers critical insight into the foundations and formulations of Kemetic / Egyptian religion / philosophy. He explains the Ntcheru types and functions. Additionally he addresses the Kemetic / Egyptian foundations for all of the worlds religious-belief systems. He points out how you cannot make since of any of the western religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – without referencing Kemet / Egypt (their source) to explain them.

Essays In Ancient Egyptian Studies – Jacob Curruthers

“…Ancient Egypt offered the best presently known source of data about the uncorrupted African past with enough data to not only verify the facts of African Civilization but to begin the construction of a framework to reinterpret the history and social reality of the world.” p.Xi Dr. Curruthers offers a collection of essays under four topic areas giving us to date some of the best insight to Kemetic / Egyptian speech and behavior. Most publications by others before this work were flawed being interpreted through a euro-centric filter and edited to suit said euro-centric designs.

The Book Of Coming Forth By Day – Maulana Karenga

“The essential purpose of this volume…is to explicate the ethical ideal found in the Declarations of Innocence in terms relevent to modern ethical discourse.” p.22 A brief interpretation and summarization of Chapters taken from the Book of Coming Forth By Day and Going Forth By Night.

This book is an essential introduction to the speach and practice that was at the foundation of Kemet / Egyptian life.

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Language

Let the Ancestors Speak – Ankh Mi Ra

“Regardless of the cacophony of shrill, and unbridled disingenuousness of most “Egyptologist” owing to some ridiculous premise of intellectual and/or racial inferiority of the African, the persistent political hoax of grouping this language into some mythical “Hamito-Semitic” family has been and continues to be debunked.” – p. 26 Ra gives us a critical addition to the canon of literature that is restoring Kemet / Egypt to its rightful inheritors. Ra offers an advanced understanding of Medu Ntcher and an excellent text for students of the language.

Rightfully so the ancestors words are conveyed as they were meant and intended them to. Here, there is no misinterpreting them or filtering them through Aryan biases.

Like Heru who restores his father Ausar to his rightful place, Ra restores the true voice of Kemet / Egypt.

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Critical Essays:

Bilad Es Sudan – William Leo Hansberry
Diop’s Two Cradle Theory and the Origin of White Racism – Vulendela Wobogo

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About the banner image: “This painting from the tomb of Ramses 111 (1200 BC) shows that the Egyptians saw themselves as Blacks, and painted themselves as such without possible confusion with the Indo-Europeans [Caucasoids] or the Semites. It is a representation of the races in their most minute difference, which insures the accuracy of the colors”. Left to right: Egyptian, Indo-European, African, Semite. – Egypt Revisited: Journal of African Civilizations, Ivan Van Sertima, ed.
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29 Responses to “BOOKS ON BLACK EGYPT YOU MUST READ AND BUY!”

  1. Nicholas okumu Says:

    sir,

    Some of these very important books are not available even at our Kenya National Library.

    How can I as an unemployed, therefore income-less youth, qualify for a book donation?

  2. Nicholas okumu Says:

    July 1st, 2007 at 2:09 pm
    sir,

    Some of these very important books are not available even at our Kenya National Library.

    How can I as an unemployed, therefore income-less youth, qualify for a book donation?

  3. Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade Says:

    Brother, you must go knocking at Libraries around the world,especially libraries that have Africana or BLACK Collections,in USA and UK and Europe and ask them to:

    l. send book to a named library in Kenya via INTERLIBRARY LOAN.
    2.photocopy the lst and last chapters for you if that is not possible.
    3. Start with The Destruction of BLACK Civilization by Chancellor Williams
    4. The Librarian at National Museum of African Art in Wash. D.C.,Janet Stanley, jstanley@si.edu is a good place to start. Ask her no l and 2 and see what happens. Tell Her that Yeye from African Heritage Research Library told you to contact her. Let me know what happens!

  4. Mr Bean Says:

    Egyptians are and were never negroid. They are not sub-saharan Africans they are North Africans. Their skeletons are not negroid, they are, believe it or not, Egyptian.

    Stop trying to claim the glory of other races. There are many peoples who achieved nothing of significance: American Indians, Aborigines etc. Instead of trying to re-write history, and in consequence bring ridicule upon yourselves, why don’t blacks simply immerse themselves in science, literature, philosophy etc and prove to the world how intelligent they are by producing some great stuff??? Simple

    • Khammuurabi Says:

      Mr. Bean…..you need to go back and study some more, cause you obviously are talking out the side of your mouth. The word Egyptian (Egypt) is a greek word. Wish, I had time to give you a cultural and historical lesson, but I do not.

  5. Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade Says:

    “The Colchians, Ethiopians and Egyptians have thick lips,
    broad nose, woolly hair and they are burnt of skin.”
    — Herodotus, 450 BC
    Your greek brother had this to say about BLACKs in Egypt and Jews too,including Jesus. Most of the sources in the books above are white people willing to tell the TRUTH about what they saw. If you can’t deal with that go ahead continuing to believe falsehoods,but your world will have to crash when the truth hits it!

  6. Darrell Davis Says:

    A PRELIMINARY GLOBAL AFRICAN PRESENCE BOOK LIST*

    Compiled and posted by RUNOKO RASHIDI

    DEDICATED TO DR. JOHN HENRIK CLARKE (1915-1998)

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    Akbar, Na’im. Visions for Black Men. Nashville: Winston-Derek, 1991.

    Ani, Marimba. Yurugu: An African-Centered Critique of European Cultural Thought and Behavior. Trenton: Africa World Press, 1994.

    Armah, Ayi Kwei. Two Thousand Seasons. Poppenguine, Senegal: Per Ankh, 2000.

    Begg, Ean. The Cult of the Black Virgin. London: Arkana, 1986.

    Ben-Jochannan, Yosef A.A. Black Man of the Nile and His Family. Baltimore: Black Classic Press, 1989.

    Ben-Jochannan, Yosef A.A. African Origins of the Major Western Religions. Baltimore: Black Classic Press, 1991.

    Bennett, Lerone. Before the Mayflower: A History of Black America. Harmondsworth: 1962.

    Browder, Anthony Y. Nile Valley Contributions to Civilizations: Exploding the Myths, Volume 1. Introduction by John Henrik Clarke: Washington, DC: Institute of Karmic Guidance, 1992.

    Butweiku I, Nana Ekow. Afrikan Theology, Cosmogony & Philosophy: An Insight on Traditional Afrikan Religion. Introduction by Runoko Rashidi. Hampton: UB & US Communications Systems, 1999.

    Bynum, Edward Bruce. The African Unconscious: Roots Ancient Mysticism and Modern Psychology. Foreword by Linda James Myers. New York: Teachers College,

    Carruthers, Jacob H. The Irritated Genie: An Essay on the Haitian Revolution. Chicago: The Kemetic Institute, 1985.

    Carruthers, Jacob H. Intellectual Warfare. Chicago: Third World Press, 1999.

    Carruthers, Jacob H., and Leon Harris, eds. African World History Project: The Preliminary Project. Chicago: Kemetic Institute, 1996.

    Chandler, Wayne B. Ancient Future: The Teachings and Prophetic Wisdom of the Seven Hermetic Laws of Ancient Egypt. Introduction by Ivan Van Sertima. Baltimore: Black Classic Press, 1999.

    Chinweizu. The West and the Rest of Us. Lagos: Nok Publishers, 1978.

    Clarke, John Henrik. Notes for an African World Revolution: Africans at the Crossroads. Trenton: Africa World Press, 1991.

    DeGraft-Johnson, J.C. African Glory: The Story of Vanished Negro Civilizations. 1954; reprinted. Baltimore: Black Classic Press, 1985.

    Diop, Cheikh Anta. African Origin of Civilization: Myth or Reality. Translated from the French by Mercer Cook. New York: Lawrence Hill, 1974,

    Diop, Cheikh Anta. The Cultural Unity of Black Africa.: The Domains of Patriarchy and Matriarchy in Classical Antiquity. Introduction by John Henrik Clarke. Afterword by James G. Spady. Chicago: Third World Press, 1978.

    Diop, Cheikh Anta. Civilization or Barbarism: An Authentic Anthropology. Translated from the French by Yaa-Lengi Meema Ngemi. Edited by Harold J. Salemson and Marjolijn de Jager. New York: Lawrence Hill, 1991.

    Drake, St. Clair. Black Folk Here and There: An Essay in History and Anthropology, Volume 1. Los Angeles: Center for Afro-American Studies, UCLA, 1987,

    Elder, Bruce. Blood on the Wattle: Massacres and Maltreatment of Aboriginal Australians Since 1988. Sydney: New Holland Publishers, 1998.

    Fanon, Frantz. The Wretched of the Earth. New York: Grove Press, 1963.

    Finch III, Charles S. Echoes of the Old Darkland: Themes from the African Eden. Decatur: Khenti, 1991.

    Finch III, Charles S. The Star of Deep of Beginnings: The Genesis of African Science of Technology. Decatur: Khenti, 1998.

    Fraser, Rosalie. Shadow Child: A Memoir of the Stolen Generation. Alexandria: Hale & Iremonger, 1998.

    Gnammankou, Dieudonne. Pouchkine et le Monde Noir. Paris: Presence Africaine, 1999.

    Guillon, Emmanuel. Cham Art: Treasures from the Da Nang Museum, Vietnam. Bangkok: River Books, 2001.

    Harris, Joseph E.,ed. Africa and Africans as Seen by Classical Writers: The William Leo Hansberry Notebook, Volume 2. Washington, DC: Howard University Press, 1977.

    Hilliard III, Asa G. The Maroon Within Us. Baltimore: Black Classic Press, 1994.

    Hilliard III, Asa G. SBA: The Reawakening of the African Mind. Foreword by Wade W. Nobles. Gainesville: Makare, 1997

    Houston, Drusilla Dunjee. Wonderful Ethiopians of the Ancient Cushite Empire. 1926; rpt. Introduction by W. Paul Coates. Afterword by Asa G. Hilliard III. Commentary by James G. Spady. Baltimore: Black Classic Press, 1985.

    Jackson, John G. Introduction to African Civilizations. Foreword by Runoko Rashidi. Introduction by John Henrik Clarke. New York: Citadel, 2001.

    James, George G.M. Stolen Legacy: The Greeks Were not the Authors of Greek Philosophy, but the People of North Africa Commonly Called the Egyptians. 1954; rpt. Introduction by Asa G. Hilliard III. San Francisco: Julian Richardson, 1988.

    Katz, William Loren. Black Indians: A Hidden Heritage. New York: Atheneum, 1986.

    Killens, John Oliver. Great Black Russian: A Novel on the Life and Times of Alexander Pushkin. Introduction by Addison Gayle. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1989.

    Martin, Tony. Race First: The Ideological and Organizational Struggles of Marcus Garvey and the Universal Negro Improvement Association. Dover: The Majority Press, 1976.

    McCray, Walter Arthur. The Black Presence in the Bible: Discovering the Black and African Identity of Biblical Persons and Nations. Chicago: Black Light Fellowship, 1990.

    Moore, Carlos, ed. African Presence in the Americas. Trenton: Africa World Press, 1995.

    Obenga, Theophile. Ancient Egypt and Black Africa: A Student’s Handbook for the Study of Ancient Egypt in Philosophy, Linguistics and Gender Relations. London: Karnak House, 1992.

    Rajshekar, V.T. Dalit: The Black Untouchables of India. Foreword by Y.N. Kly. Afterword by Runoko Rashidi. Atlanta: Clarity Press, 1995.

    Rashidi, Runoko, and Ivan Van Sertima, eds. African Presence in Early Asia. New Brunswick: Transaction Press, 1995.

    Raven, Susan. Rome in Africa. London: Routledge, 1993.

    Rodney, Walter. How Europe Underdeveloped Africa. Introduction by Vincent Harding. Postscript by A.M. Babu. Washington, DC: Howard University Press, 1982.

    Rogers, Joel Augustus. Sex and Race. Rogers: New York 1942.

    Rogers, Joel Augustus. World’s Great Men of Color, two volumes. New York: Macmillan, 1972.

    Sabbioni, Jennifer, Kay Schaffer and Sidonie Smith, eds. Indigenous Australian Voices: A Reader. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1998.

    Scobie, Edward. Global African Presence. Introduction by Ivan Van Sertima. Brooklyn: A & B Books, 1994.

    Sharp, Saundra. Black Women for Beginners. New York: Writers and Readers, 1993.

    Van Sertima, Ivan. They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America. New York: Random House, 1976.

    Van Sertima, Ivan, ed. African Presence in Early Europe. New Brunswick: Transaction Press, 1985.

    Van Sertima, Ivan, ed. Egypt Revisited. New Brunswick: Transaction Press, 1989.

    Van Sertima, Ivan, ed. Golden Age of the Moor. New Brunswick: Transaction Press, 1992.

    Van Sertima, Ivan, ed. Egypt: Child of Africa. New Brunswick: Transaction Press, 1994.

    Van Sertima, Ivan, ed. Early America Revisited. New Brunswick: Transaction Press, 1998.

    Van Sertima, Ivan, and Larry Obadele Williams, eds. Great African Thinkers, Volume 1: Cheikh Anta Diop. New Brunswick: Transaction Press, 1986.

    Welsing, Frances Cress. The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors. Chicago: Third World Press, 1991.

    Williams, Chancellor. The Destruction of Black Civilization: Great Issues of a Race from 4500 B.C. to 2000 A.D. Chicago: Third World Press, 1987.

    Wilson, Amos N. Afrikan-Centered Consciousness Versus the New World Order: Garveyism in the Age of Globalism. New York: Afrikan World Infosystems, 1999.

    Woodson, Carter G. The Mis-Education of the Negro. Washington, DC: Associated Publishers, 1933.

    X, Malcolm. Malcolm X on Afro-American History. New York: Pathfinder, 1970.

    • Larry West Says:

      You neglected Our Common African Genesis written by yours-truly.
      It has a lot of genetic material that places Egyptian and many Greeks origins in the sub-Sahara.

  7. Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade Says:

    Brother Darrell, we have published this list now-see the beginning of this section! E se gan(thanks so much in Yoruba) for supporting this BLACK site by providing links and important things to add. Feel free to send us any BLACK things you come across so that we can add them to posts on their own. THIS is YOUR site so all BROTHERS and SISTERS are free to do the same BLACK thing!

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  11. xxPeter Says:

    To ill founded remarks by Bean.
    Ancient K;mt themselves said their origins were from the inner regions of Blackest Africa as the land mass has come to be called. Even in the predynastic art the imagines are not Camels but Elephants and Giraffes. Djoser Neterkhet of the 3rd Dynastic period, Kanofer the father of Imhotep, Menkaure Khaket, and Ni Maat Ra Amenemhet III were all Black Africans. There were no Negros back hen because Caucasians were looked on as something oine did not aspire to be. Why step down in status.

  12. Rhoda Says:

    An eye opener on my long standing question of, “if there are philosophies from various corners of the world, where are African philosophies”? The puzzle is solved.

  13. Larry West Says:

    Our Common African genesis, 2nd Edition
    Publisher’s ad on amazon.com:
    Using evidence from genetics, linguistics, archeology, history, and the Book of Moses, author Larry West asserts that ancient African civilizations provided the basis for modern culture and many of the great historical advances now erroneously attributed to European civilizations. Combating theories put forth in works such as NOT Out of Africa, this updated essay is educational, scathing, and stimulating. Our Common African Genesis weighs into the heated dialogue about science, history, race, and religion; it is a must read for anyone wanting a more complete understanding of human geographic and cultural origins.

  14. Pedlyde Says:

    Did ancient Greek religion and culture derive from Egypt?

    The idea that Greek religion and philosophy has Egyptian origins derives, at least in part, from the writings of ancient Greek historians. In the fifth century BC Herodotus was told by Egyptian priests that the Greeks owed many aspects of their culture to the older and vastly impressive civilization of the Egyptians. Egyptian priests told Diodorus some of the same stories four centuries later. The church fathers in the second and third centuries AD also were eager to emphasize the dependency of Greece on the earlier cultures of the Egyptians and the Hebrews. They were eager to establish direct links between their civilization and that of Egypt because Egypt was a vastly older culture, with elaborate religious customs and impressive monuments. But despite their enthusiasm for Egypt and its material culture (an enthusiasm that was later revived in eighteenth and nineteenth-century Europe), they failed to understand Egyptian religion and the purpose of many Egyptian customs.

    Classical scholars tend to be skeptical about the claims of the Greek historians because much of what these writers say does not conform to the facts as they are now known from the modern scholarship on ancient Egypt. For centuries Europeans had believed that the ancient historians knew that certain Greek religious customs and philosophical interests derived from Egypt. But two major discoveries changed that view. The first concerned a group of ancient philosophical treatises attributed to Hermes Trismegistus; these had throughout the Middle Ages and into the Renaissance been thought of as Egyptian and early. But in 1614 the French scholar Isaac Casaubon demonstrated that the treatises were actually late and basically Greek. The second discovery was the decipherment of hieroglyphics, the official system of Egyptian writing, completed by 1836. Before decipherment, scholars had been compelled to rely on Greek sources for their understanding of Egyptian history and civilization. Once they were able to read real Egyptian texts, and could disregard the fanciful interpretations of hieroglyphics that had been circulating since late antiquity, it became clear to them that the relation of Egyptian to Greek culture was less close than they had imagined. Egyptian belonged to the Afroasiatic language family, while Greek was an Indo-European language, akin to Sanskrit and European languages like Latin.

    On the basis of these new discoveries, European scholars realized that they could no longer take at face value what Herodotus, Diodorus, and the Church fathers had to say about Greece’s debt to Egypt. Once it was possible to read Egyptian religious documents, and to see how the Egyptians themselves described their gods and told their myths, scholars could see that the ancient Greeks’ accounts of Egyptian religion were superficial, and even misleading. Apparently Greek writers, despite their great admiration for Egypt, looked at Egyptian civilization through cultural blinkers that kept them from understanding any practices or customs that were significantly different from their own. The result was a portrait of Egypt that was both astigmatic and deeply Hellenized. Greek writers operated under other handicaps as well. They did not have access to records; there was no defined system of chronology. They could not read Egyptian inscriptions or question a variety of witnesses because they did not know the language. Hence they were compelled to exaggerate the importance of such resemblances as they could see or find.

  15. Pedlyde Says:

    Why claim that Greek philosophy was stolen from Egypt?

    Perhaps the most influential Afrocentrist text is Stolen Legacy, a work that has been in wide circulation since its publication in 1954. Its author, George G. M. James, writes that “the term Greek philosophy, to begin with is a misnomer, for there is no such philosophy in existence.” He argues that the Greeks “did not possess the native ability essential to the development of philosophy.” Rather, he states that “the Greeks were not the authors of Greek philosophy, but the Black people of North Africa, The Egyptians.” It is not hard to understand why James wishes to give credit for the Greek achievement to the Egyptians, even if there is little or no historical foundation for his claims. Like the other nationalistic myths, the story of a “Stolen Legacy” both offers an explanation for past suffering, and provides a source of ethnic pride.

    But although the myth may encourage and perhaps even “empower” African-Americans, its use has a destructive side, which cannot and should not be overlooked. First of all, it offers them a “story” instead of history. It also suggests that African-Americans need to learn only what they choose to believe about the past. But in so doing, the Afrocentric myth seeks to shelter them from learning what all other ethnic groups must learn, and indeed, face up to, namely the full scope of their history.

    What people on earth have had a completely glorious history? While we point to the great achievements of the Greeks, anyone who has studied ancient Greek civilization knows that they also made terrible and foolish mistakes. Isn’t treating African-Americans differently from the rest of humankind just another form of segregation and condescension? Implied discrimination is the most destructive aspect of Afrocentrism, but there are other serious problems as well. Teaching the myth of the Stolen Legacy as if it were history robs the ancient Greeks and their modern descendants of a heritage that rightly belongs to them. Why discriminate against them when discrimination is the issue? In addition, the myth deprives the ancient Egyptians of their proper history and robs them of their actual legacy. The Egypt of the myth of the Stolen Legacy is a wholly European Egypt, as imagined by Greek and Roman writers, and further elaborated in eighteenth-century France. Ancient Egyptian civilization deserves to be remembered (and respected) for what it was, and not for what Europeans, ancient and modern, have imagined it to be.

  16. Pedlyde Says:

    What is the evidence for a “Stolen Legacy?”

    James’s idea of ancient Egypt is fundamentally the imaginary “Mystical Egypt” of Freemasonry. He speaks of grades of initiation. In these Mysteries, as the Freemasons imagined them, Neophyte initiates must learn self-control and self-knowledge. He believes that Moses was an initiate into the Egyptian mysteries, and that Socrates reached the grade of Master Mason. In his description of the Greek philosophy, he emphasizes the Four Elements that play such a key role in Terrasson’s Memphis and Masonic initiation ceremonies. He speaks of the Masonic symbol of the Open Eye, which based on an Egyptian hieroglyph but in Masonry has come specifically to represent the Master Mind. As in the University/Mystery system invented by Terrasson, Egyptian temples are used as libraries and observatories.

    What then are the Greeks supposed to have stolen from the Egyptians? Are there any texts in existence that be found to verify the claim that Greek philosophy was stolen from Egypt? How was the “transfer” of Egyptian materials to Greece accomplished? If we examine what James says about the way in which the “transfer” was supposed to have been carried out, we will find that that few or no historical data can be summoned to support it. In fact, in order to construct his argument, James overlooked or ignored much existing evidence.

  17. Larry West Says:

    Our Common African Genesis, 2nd Edition:
    Let’s take a journey back in time. The clues are faint but evidence from genetics, linguistics, archeology, the Book of Genesis, and ancient history lead us back to post Ice Age Africa. There, a priestly caste of astronomers, agriculturalists, and stone architects came down the Nile, their legacy more salient in our languages, logic, and religions than in the inscrutable stone monuments they left behind. Their thoughts and values and religious symbolism flow repeatedly through the generations of our lives like the air we breathe and the water we drink.
    Between 4000 and 2700 B.C., those Ethiopians reached an unparalleled level of culture and achievement and passed that on to Egypt, the Aegean, Canaan, S. Arabia, Mesopotamia, and India, outlined in the mythologies of Osiris and Ham, praised by the Greeks, corroborated by genetics, history, and/or archeology. But, by the 20th century, historians replaced “Ethiopian’ with ‘Mediterranean Caucasian’, proclaimed Africans had developed no civilization, and by 1996 labeled their history ‘obscure’, their Aegean influence NOT Out of Africa. This ‘literary genocide’ eradicated an entire race of people from our history books and even from our dictionaries. Our entire wellspring of knowledge has been contaminated with this hallucinogen. Those historians represent the ‘best’ of European and American scholarship, immensely popular and published for decades, a frightening legacy of how the Angry Desert God has corrupted Rational Inquiry and the Historical Method. This, then, sets the disturbing theme of this essay.
    It took four tries to get Western Civilization off the ground, with three intervening Dark Ages, all four grafted onto Ethiopian rootstock including the long tap root of the hybrid Judaic, Christian, Islamic, and Hindu mythologies.

  18. Larry West Says:

    The Ionian Greeks didn’t ‘steal’ African culture because they were partly African.
    The flow of genes and people down the Nile goes around the Mediterranean to Ionia (Greece) and Tuscany (Italy). They didn’t have to “steal” culture from barbarians; they brought it with them and taught the white men.

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  20. Ian Cotterall Says:

    Okay! Sounds interesting, from a white fella’s point of veiw. Have any of you read Connor MacDari, Comyns Beaumont?? and these authors take on the origins of civilization. Read Michael Tsarion’s book “The Irish Origins of Civilization” The Irish experience has similarities to the African.

  21. LaTosha Hudson Says:

    All I can say is that the scriptures clearly quote, leprousy turning Mosheh’s hand white, Miriam white for three days, Ham’s son Kena’an being cursed, andd Na’aman being cleansed of his leprousy. It is my opinion that too many people are seeking for a scientific explanation of leprous-albinos, instead of looking at the clear, natural facts. I post on Facebook notes, the events of the scriptures to get a clearer perspective with pictures and verses, and others comment that my posts are offensive. When the fact is, I simply think that Yhwh’s truth is wonderful and amazing. It can be seen clearly by comparing it to the scriptures. The record book of geneology in plain text!

    • Ian Cotterall Says:

      Amazing!! Do you really believe what the Bible says. It’s a book invented by the founding fathers of the Catholic Church & ably helped by the disciples of the Talmud,ie Jewish Elders. Gimme a break!! Intelligent people don’t bother quoting it.

  22. LaTosha Hudson Says:

    I almost forgot to mention the red, hairy as a goat man named Esau ( Edom ), father of cheifs, and his Kena’anite wives. Two of them for sure were already mixed with albino. Basemath’s father was Ishmael, while her mother a Kena’anite was albino. Oholibamah, also mixed, while the two others are mentioned without their parents genders. I thought it plainly by way of spirit that red-hairy genes, mixed with both arab (black hair), and albinism (blonde) genes, over and over throughout generations to create the beautiful caucasian race. I really feel that is what was described in this post scientifically, and I agree 100%.

  23. Trebor Says:

    Horace Butler author (and non traditional historian) of When Rocks Cry Out, a must read. Blacks origin of Egypt in south America as recorded by the second Egypt in north Africa and the latter day KJV of the bible’s called the Old and New Testament

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