Did you know that Sudan has more pyramids than Egypt? Did you know that you can find traces of the ancient Egyptian religion, not in the British museum, but right here in Africa, or 'black Africa' as they call it?
Scientific authority National Geographic recently aired a documentary highlighting the plight of African history. It is called 'Rise of the Black Pharaohs: Empire of Gold' and it challenges everything we think we know about black history.
With the help of University of Michigan Archaeologist Geoff Emberling, it was revealed that black people from Sudan and Ethiopia played a major role in the development of Egypt.
Kush, as it was called back then, was always considered a small subject state of Egypt; a mere supplier of gold for the Egyptian empire. The evidence suggests otherwise; Kush was in fact a peer of Egypt, bringing tribute to the north when necessary, offering gold, monkeys and leopard skin to the sister nation.
The lead archaeologist, Geoff Emberling, made it clear that it was a complete mystery how Kush took over Egypt, considering its size. It is worth noting, however, that the Egyptians respected the military prowess of the Kushites, calling them 'the bow people' for their archery skills and fearing them when it came to wrestling. Small as they were, they brought down giants like the Assyrians.
The Kushite pharaohs of Egypt were known for their mercy. They forgave their prisoners and gave them jobs like canal digging. These black pharaohs controlled more land than any other lineage in Egypt. Their empire stretched all the way up to the Mediterranean, causing panic among the Greeks and Assyrians. This placed them in the crevice of world history and when pharaoh Taharqa saved Jerusalem in 700 B.C, the black pharaohs gained renown for their compassion.
Nat Geo's archaeologist worked with black diggers and guides, he was surrounded by artefacts depicting black people, but still he wasn't convinced.
The godfather of Kushite archaeology, George Reisner, had the same issue. He pulled statues of black pharaohs from the ground but argued that these weren't accurate representations. In his scholarly papers, he suggested that the architects and kings of the great Kushite monuments were actually light-skinned foreigners from God-knows-where.
Apart from systematic racism, it is through war that the story of the black pharaohs from the south was wiped from history. Out of sheer revenge, an Egyptian pharaoh swept into Kush and ordered his troops to destroy every statue and every name of every Kushite king. Even to this day, the 25th dynasty is the only one that isn't recorded on the marble panels at Cairo museum.
Their craftsmanship was unmatched. They created gold jewellery, artefacts and monuments so intricate that in some cases, surpassed those of the Egyptians.
How is it that we do not know of them today? The rivalry that concealed their contributions and identities have been put to bed. Surely a historical renaissance is in order. Black children should know that its possible to conquer the world because their ancestors have.
What do you think should be done to kill the 'black Africa' myth? What are your thoughts on National Geographic's approach? How do you feel now that this information has come to light? Let us know in the comments below!
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