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Africans’ Legacy

Africa is the most ravaged continent. It was home to great civilizations that predated most other civilizations. Nevertheless, like the history of other civilizations, they blossomed and declined mostly without successor civilizations. The modern study of Africa has uncovered knowledge about its peoples that was lost since the distant times of antiquity. It has proved that the Greek historians Herodotus (c. 484 – 425 BCE) and Diodorus (c.90 BCE- c.30 BCE) of the classical age had stated that the black people were “different but equal”. Long before slavery distorted European perceptions, the ancient Greeks had approached Africans on eye- level. In 1984 in his book “The story of Africa”, the journalist Basil Davidson led us to the monuments of ancient African history:
For example, the walls of Great Zimbabwe give witness to one of the most significant civilizations in the world during the medieval period. It was first discovered in 1871 by the German geologist Carl Mauch (1837- 1875) who was wandering around in search for gold. Unfortunately, he and all Europeans of his time were so prejudiced that they could not believe the evidence of their own eyes. Rather than facing the possibility that Africans might have a history of their own, they fabricated exotic explanations of longtime gone and faraway monarchs like King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba to have built it.
Another example of such history forgery is the neglected Nswatugi Cave in the Metabo hills of modern Zimbabwe. The 3.000 years old rock frieze shows large numbers of giraffes, antelopes and kudu cows; the last together with humans. It is not very clear why and how these were created, but similar as in other cave paintings in the world, they might have served as psychological and spiritual reassurance before or after group hunting. The same animals are still living in that area.
In the 1950ies, a team of French scientists, led by Henri Lhote (1903- 1991), discovered another rock paintings in the Algerian Tesla Mountains of today’s Sahara. They, too, show people hunting animals, which proves that the region once carried wildlife. The paintings have been estimated to be around seven- or eight thousand years old. As the land turned into desert, its peoples migrated to the South, the West, and in the East into the valley of the Nile. This means that the great civilization of the Egypt Pharaohs had its origins in the heart of Black Africa. The evidence suggest that the earliest kingdom of the Nile was in Nubia. Later, the Kingdom of Kush had its own distinctive culture and achievements amongst which, perhaps, was the taming of the great African elephant. These discovering of diverse forms of civilization in Africa brought into light various concepts of divinity, creation and moral order, which gave social life to communities. This is why many modern historians view black peoples any previous generation to match in depth and accuracy. People are used to identifying Africans with misery, disasters and suffering; in their misjudging, they do not notice the histogarife of and her fascinating cultural wealth.

 

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