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IMPORTANT NOTE: This topic should be read in conjunction with the topic, Out Of Africa, and chapters 1 & 2 of The Dark Powers That Bind.
Section 11. AFRICA
Ever since Muhammad, the impact of Islam in Africa has been very significant, especially in the slave trade that was thriving there long before the Europeans got in on the act, and is still going on today. Islam is now the main religion in North and West Africa and most countries north of the equator in that continent. Previous to Muslim expansion and the Christian missions of the Europeans that rushed in to divide and possess the land, most Africa nations, except for the kingdoms of Egypt and Kush, were animistic in their religion. Many still are, and have successfully blended this into both Christianity and Islam.
There have been several feeble attempts to define Africa as the cradle of civilization, and even of mankind, all of which have avoided the obvious observation that if Africa came first, then why is it still in the crib? The fact is that Africa was populated from elsewhere, and it has always lagged behind in development in every sphere. When "Professor" Leakey was unearthing the bones of the so-called Neanderthal man (so closely matching the skeletons of a modern Africans with rickets) he discovered that this "ancient ancestor" was actually an advanced tool user and ornament maker, an ordinary man. Leakey reported that the theory of evolution would have to be seriously revised. But of course it was not. Evolutionists live in denial; the last thing they want to do is revise this preposterous theory.
If evolution were true, if all the peoples in the world were developing separately, then why did we not find humans on other continents with three or four legs, or a million years ahead or behind the others? That is just a finger-snap in the four billion-year fable of evolution. No, they did not develop separately, let alone evolve from one species to another. That is as silly as science fiction; another religion of mysteries that fascinates but does not educate or require the truth. There are also homemade fairy tales about Africans from the south being the foundation of Egypt and even providing the Buddha that “enlightened” the Far East. Here is an extract from such a myth. “It would seem that Sakya Buddha was an Egyptian priest, chased from Memphis by the persecutions of Cambyses. This tradition would support the portrayal of Buddha with wooly hair.” (The African Origin of Civilization, C.A. Diop, Hill, NY, 1974, p.287)
That there were blacks in Egypt from the earliest times is quite correct. We know that when Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt (c.1500 BC) he had a Cushite wife. (Numbers 12) But these blacks did not originally come from the south. The facts in the Book of Genesis, the real beginning, remain true. It was the children of Ham ("Black One" or "Burned One") who migrated from Sumeria to Africa some time before 3000 BC. Hams sons Egypt and Put (later replaced by Libya, one of Egypts sons) possessed the lands closest to the entry point from the Middle East. Egypt took the choice Nile Valley. Descendants of Cush, who pushed further south to Nubia (Ethiopia-Sudan) and other parts of the upper Nile, still speak the remnants of the Hamitic and Cushite languages which they brought with them from the confusion of Babel. Kush was a significant civilization, with many ziggurats left behind as evidence, but it was a lesser clone of Egypt and the original source culture of Mesopotamia.
Other Cushites eventually spread all the way south and west to populate the entire continent. A common feature found in tribes all down through East Africa to the farthest reaches of Southern Africa (e.g. the Zulus) is the appearance of rulers dressed identically to the Greek versions of Nimrod, the black Hercules wearing a lion or leopard skin. The head of the animal is often fitted over the head of the king with the pelt draped down his back like a cloak so that he appears to be in the animals skin. No doubt the prophet Jeremiah saw such Cushites in his exile in Egypt (c.600 BC) when he coined his famous phrase. (Jeremiah 13:23, see Son of Baal, Grandson of Ham, Section 1, Mesopotamia) In some translations of the Old Testament, the name "Cushite" is loosely (and incorrectly) substituted by "Ethiopian," from the term the Greeks used for the people south of Egypt. They were also known as Nubians (a term not usually inserted in Bible versions) and had a long and turbulent relationship with Egypt. The Cushites worshipped Seth as their version of the Sumerian storm god and also greatly revered the Egyptian god Amon, despite their continual state of war with Egypt.
"Nubia, ancient region in northeastern Africa, extending approximately from the Nile River valley eastward to the shores of the Red Sea, southward to about Khartoum (in what is now The Sudan), and westward to the Libyan Desert. The southern part was called Cush (Kush) under the 18th-dynasty pharaohs of ancient Egypt and called Ethiopia by the ancient Greeks With the rise of the 1st dynasty in Egypt (c.2950 BC), the [first Nubian] culture and Nubias independence were extinguished The Cushites seized Buhen [in Egypt] and by 1650 BC had advanced northward to Aswan they raided Upper Egypt, seizing many fine Middle Kingdom monuments that they carried off to Karmah, their capital Amenhotep I (1514-1493 BC) conquered Karmah, destroying the kingdom of Cush. Nubia was colonized Gold was the main resource exploited by the Egyptians, Cush producing significant amounts of this precious metal "
" a new kingdom appeared about 800 BC and the Cushites occupied Upper Egypt. The Cushite ruler Piankhi (Piye) completed the Egyptianization and about 730 BC raided Lower Egypt. Ardent worshipers of Amon, the Cushites considered the Libyanized Lower Egyptians cultural degenerates, but they felt a strong affinity for the Thebans, who were also worshipers of Amon. The Cushite ruler Shabaka succeeded Piankhi and conquered all of Egypt in about 715 BC Moving his capital to Memphis, he founded Egypts 25th dynasty, which is called Cushite in the king lists. In 701 BC Shabaka backed the Hebrew king Hezekiahs revolt against Assyria an Egyptian expedition sacked the capital of Cush, Napata, about 592 BC. The Cushite capital was then transferred to Meroe, where the Cushite kingdom survived for another 900 years the Egyptian culture of Nubia grew increasingly Africanized " (Encyclopedia Britannica, Nubia, Std.Ver.1999)
Thus went the power struggle backward and forward between Cush and Egypt. By 550 AD the people in Ethiopia and Sudan had become Christian and remained so for a hundred years before the arrival of Muslim armies around 650 AD. Some centers continued as almost entirely Christian until 1500 AD, but after that Islam became predominant. In Ethiopia, the Coptic Christians, like many across North Africa before the arrival of Islam, remained in the idolatry common to the Early Church and its Fathers. The three-headed trinity idol is still found in Ethiopian worship, even on bishops staffs. And through all these changes the same old thunderstorm god and the mother and child cults of Babylon continued intact, the "new" arrivals merely overlaying and reinforcing the "primitive" religion that had come from Sumeria in the first place.
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Fig..11a. Mother & Child fetish figurines: 1. Sudan. 2.Congo. 3. Nigeria. Museum of Primitive Art, New York.
Outside of Egypt and Kush there were no other great empires in North Africa, which was later colonized by Greece and Rome, and then snared in turn by Christianity and Islam. The ruins of a complex of buildings in Zimbabwe ("Stone House") are all that remains of the gold-producing Zaranga kingdom in Southern Africa, which peaked between 1000 and 1400 AD. The fortifications and maze-like passageways are thought to have been a major religious center, somewhat resembling the Incan layouts discovered at Machu Picchu in South America. But otherwise Africa mostly consisted of tribal villages and alliances ruled by local kings and under the spell of the ancestors and shaman priests. In Central and West Africa the chief ancestor-god appeared as Xango or "Shango, the god of thunder and lightning," whose staff is depicted by the "symbol of a double [headed] axe" and who is identified as "the king of Oyo, the largest of the Yoruba kingdoms." (Encyclopedia Britannica, African Arts, Sculpture, West Africa, Yoruba, Oyo, Std.Ver.1999) This is the same god as Enlil, Bel, Baal, Zeus, Jupiter, Thor and Shang-ti (China). Shango can also appear in female form with a double-axed crown. A popular mother goddess is the water and serpent deity, Mama Wati (Mother Water), a sort of Isis mixed with Medusa, often depicted with snakes flowing with her hair.
Fig.11b. 1. Shango female, Zaire. 2. Shango mother & child, Yoruba, Nigeria, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 3. Mama Wati, Burkina Faso. 4. Mama Wati, Ivory Coast. 5. Mama Wati, Nigeria, Carlos Museum, Emory University.
Like Indian Christians or Muslims that continue in the Hindu caste system, being Christian or Muslim has made little difference to Africans intent on keeping their ancient traditions. The scarring of skin in tribal patterns and decoration with tattoos are obvious examples, despite the fact that the Word of God forbids such markings. (Leviticus 19:28) When it comes to sickness and other impediments in African Christian cults, the local witch or witchdoctor is much more likely to be summoned than a priest, and more faith will be put in lizard bones and traditional incantations than in Christian rites. In fact it is likely that African religion has influenced Christianity more than the other way around, something very evident in the trade and export of several distinct forms of African spirituality.
Widespread mother and child worship from Africa has easily merged with Catholicism in South America, and the spirit and trance cults are particularly well suited to blend with the experientially oriented Pentecostal and tongue-speaking charismatic sects of Christianity. This movement is growing significantly in importance, especially in the gathering together of diverse cults toward the bosom of the Mother Church (for the Scriptural view see either Spirit of the Living God or Harlot Babylon, Addendum, The Truth Which Sets Free). This Voodoo (literally, "Spirit") was one of the main exports from West Africa to the Americas on the slave ships. It is found in the prominent Mardi Gras festival procession in New Orleans and the Rio de Janeiro Carnival, an ancient Tammuz-Dumuzi celebration held on Ash Wednesday in the Christian calendar (see Death of a Shepherd, Section 1, Mesopotamia).
The co-habitation of the Voodoo-Christian spirit is very strong in many American churches today, in forms of spirit-possessed worship aroused and maintained by endlessly repetitive music and lyrics (God is awesome, awesome, awesome etc). The words are usually simple enough to replicate without thinking and can spell out a message (e.g. everybody is heaven-bound) that subtly skews the truth in Scripture. Most forms of black "gospel" music are rooted in or derived from this, as are secular genres like rap music. The monotonous drone resembles not only African spiritism but also the use of mantric repetition in Far Eastern religions, in which the object of the exercise is to lose oneself in religious ecstasy or "holiness."
In the Caribbean, Jamaica is inundated by Protestant "Holy Roller" cults, having more "houses of god" per capita than any other country in the New World. It is also a nation rife with inter-black discrimination, based on a gradation of skin colour. Inferiority increases with blackness, affecting everything from employment prospects to the description of suspects aired in police reports. This system, inherited from African tribalism and refined in the days of slavery, is found throughout the Caribbean and no religion has done more than merely dent it. In the neighbouring island of Haiti, this racism is extreme and often turns violent. Considered the most backward nation of the Western World and sometimes compared with Bangladesh, the Easts poorest country in the suffocating grip of Islam, it is commonly said that, "Haiti is 90% Christian (mainly Catholic) and 100% Voodoo."
In South America this African export is known as Macumba and Candomblé. "Macumba, Afro-Brazilian religion that is characterized by a marked syncretism of traditional African religions, European culture, Brazilian Spiritualism, and Roman Catholicism. Of the several Macumba sects, the most important are Candomblé; and Umbanda Macumba rites are led by mediums, who fall prostrate in trances and communicate with holy spirits elements include the use of the cross and the worship of saints, who are given African names such as Ogum (St. George), Xango (St. Jerome), and Iemanja (the Virgin Mary). Candomblé, practiced in Bahia State, is considered to be the most African of the Macumba sects. Umbanda, practiced in urban areas such as Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, is more sophisticated and reflects Hindu and Buddhist influence; its appeal has spread to the white middle class." (Encyclopedia Britannica, Macumba, Std.Ver.1999)
A noteworthy development in the Caribbean was the Rastafarian movement. Adherents believed themselves to be the exiles of Gods children, caught in Babylon, a dispersion to be redeemed by the "Son of God" and "Lion of Judah," Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia. Selassies death in 1975 came as a tremendous blow, as has the death of any counterfeit Son in any of the world's religions. Selassie was the figure around whom Ethiopias Christian majority rallied when he ousted an unpopular Islamic ruler. He started well as a statesman but ended badly. "Haile Selassie I, original name Tafari Makonnen was crowned emperor (1930) and took the name of Haile Selassie (Might of the Trinity) His rule in Ethiopia continued until 1974, at which time famine, worsening unemployment, and the political stagnation of his government prompted segments of the army to mutiny Selassie was kept under house arrest in his own palace evidence later emerged suggesting that he had been strangled on the orders of the military government. Haile Selassie was regarded as the Messiah of the African race by the Rastafarian movement." (Encyclopedia Britannica, Haile Selassie I, Std.Ver.1999)
Rastafarians sometimes refer to themselves as Quashi or Kwashi (Cushites). Their name for God is Jah, derived from the equally incorrect Christian term, Jehovah (a blend of Yahweh with Jupiter and Jove). The distinctive reggae music of Rastafarians, although sometimes long and repetitive, usually contains some of their religious message but is neither "churchy" nor intended for worship and is much more melodic and inventive than any other to come from the Caribbean. Smoking ganja to achieve spiritual insight is a custom of Rastafarians that resembles the use of drugs in Vedic Hinduism (imbibing soma) and the inhaled narcotics of African animism and South American spiritism. The original pacific image of the cult (peace and love, brother) has been overshadowed by the emergence of ruthless Rastafarian drug gangs, each called a "posse." In Jamaica, uncharted airfields, lax laws and a corrupt police constabulary (said to be the biggest domestic distributor) have contributed greatly to the lucrative export of marijuana, especially to the United States.
That the children of Ham through Cush have suffered greatly in slavery under the descendants of Noahs other sons is undeniable. But they also enslaved each other long before the Muslims or Europeans arrived in Africa. Kings ruled, witchdoctors invoked the spirits, and the various tribes raided each others territories, taking goods, cattle and slaves. This tribalism is still rampant in Africa, a discrimination that denies the rights of other tribes within a nation and sometimes results in genocide, as evidenced in Nigeria (1967-70, mainly Muslim Hausa and Yoruba tribes vs. Christian Ibo tribe, 2,000,000 killed) and Rwanda (1994, Hutu vs. Tutsi, 900,000 killed). Hardly a year passes in Africa without an insurrection ousting a countrys tribally dominated government and then in turn decimating another ethnic group. Neither Islam nor Christianity has curbed this, more often than not making it worse. In the realm of ancient Cush today (Sudan and Ethiopia) tribalism is an integral part of the war in which the Muslims are attempting to wipe out the Christians.
Nepotism is an accepted and expected part of this tribalism, the appointment of high positions to family members and friends even if they are incapable of performing the duties of the office. This has caused economic stagnation in small kingdoms like Lesotho and Swaziland and economic catastrophe in large nations. Kenneth Kaunda of the Bemba tribe, and an early member of the communist ANC organization, so misruled Zambia that this once cattle-rich country now imports milk. Kaunda imposed one-party rule to quell tribal discontent as living standards plummeted. It is very noticeable that the few stable countries like Botswana, which is almost entirely populated by the Tswana, are mono-tribal and have no one to suppress. In the Ivory Coast, the Christian dictator, Houphouet-Boigny, quite literally bankrupted his country by building an immense glass cathedral, yet another useless "house of god," while filling his own pockets and instituting hopeless agricultural plans. The mineral rich Congo (Zaire) was plundered by the dictator Mobuto Sese Seko, whose economic program and nationalization of industries soon led to his country having to import food. He amassed one of the greatest fortunes in the world while his people starved. His full name, which he gave to himself in 1972, was Mobutu Sese Seko Koko Ngbendu Wa Za Banga ("The all-powerful warrior who, because of his endurance and inflexible will to win, will go from conquest to conquest, leaving fire in his wake").
There has been a long line of these greedy and brutal despots, utterly ruthless, and their names would be laughable if they were not awash in the blood of fellow Africans. Like all the two-faced, fork-tongued gods of duplicity deified in Nimrods image, they destroy and confuse while declaring redemption and protection. Idi Amin Dada Oumee (with many self appointed titles such as, "Great Father and Saviour") of the Kakwa tribe in Uganda persecuted all others (ruled 1971-79, c.300,000 tortured and killed) and ruined the economy. Fleeing to Libya and then Saudi Arabia, he thereafter lived in exile, protected by Muslims because of his anti-Israeli conniving and the permission he gave Islamic terrorists to hold Jewish hostages in Uganda (1976). In Zimbabwe, the Marxist leader Robert Mugabe, of the Shona tribe, seeking to suppress the minority Ndebele tribe and wipe out the whites who cleared prickly forest and rocky soil to develop some of the best farmland in Africa, rapidly destroyed a nation once full of promise. It is incredible to note that in the midst of this devastation, Mugabe was financially aided by Canadas prime minister, Joe Clark, in receiving millions of Canadian taxpayer dollars. Other Western leaders have been just as eager to "loan" money to despots guaranteed to send it to offshore banks, probably with a kickback, and certainly used to lavishly entertain these donors when they later visited Africa, also at their own countrys expense.
This wicked spirit in African leaders, so willingly fueled by others seeking a stake in cheap resources and trade deals that do not benefit the common folk, has kept an entire continent standing still or going backward, and unable to hear any voice that says otherwise, calling it discrimination. When Colin Powell as American Secretary of State pointed the finger at Mugabe he was actually booed by blacks in Southern Africa. He had taken a giant step, actually exposing a black "leader" for his atrocious behaviour. Africans as a people have to run hard to catch up with what Powell did, and until they arrive they will continue to put themselves in second-class status in the eyes of the world. Harry Belafonte spitefully called Powell a "house black" (one of the privileged slaves of plantation days) but it is the childish and privileged Belafontes who still wear the chains, constantly reliving the past and dwelling in Hollywood make-believe.
Black adulation of evil men as though they can do no wrong because they are black is a disease of the spirit, as bad as AIDS or any other deadly bodily illness sweeping Africa. Even Nelson Mandela (Xhosa tribe) remained silent over Mugabes treatment of fellow countrymen. Like Kaunda and Mugabe, who had been imprisoned, giving them folk hero status, Mandela was released only to seriously retard his own country. He received veneration the world over from politicians eager for photo opportunities, and by crowds who mindlessly followed anything that moved. Only a tiny portion of the media aired the truth. Described as "the most notorious terrorist of the 20th Century" (Age of Terror, Discovery Channel and Appetite for Destruction, The Guardian newspaper, 29 August 2002), Mandela was spared from the death penalty he deserved (for acts, incidentally, which Jesus and his apostles would never have committed or encouraged) and was later pardoned from the remainder of his life imprisonment. As president of South Africa he promptly awarded another prominent terrorist, Yasser Arafat, the highest honor possible (11 August 1998). The Boer government that Mandela’s ANC party displaced was truly terrible, but his was even worse, with skyrocketing corruption and crime fulfilling every fear that the Afrikaners and a dozen minority South African tribes had for their prospects of life and liberty in a reasonably secure future.
This disease, compounded by Christianity, Islam and Communist socialism (another terrible "faith"), is so epidemic in proportion that blacks have not yet produced one single great preacher or prophet of Gods Word, and that shackled spirit has been exported to the New World, especially to America. All that has appeared are "reverends" and "doctors" using Scripture for civil rights and political ends. When the LORD said, "Let my people go," it did not mean what Martin Luther King twisted it to signify. It meant freedom from exactly the kind of system to which King belonged, a politico-religious beast, and it was but a foreshadow of true freedom in Christ. The kingdom of the real Son of God is not of this world. If the LORD had meant what Martin Luther King implied, then Jesus would have formed non-violent demonstrations and sit-ins against the Roman occupation of Israel and encouraged the "freedom" and "independence" movements of the zealots in his time. He did no such thing, nor taught his disciples to engage in any such strategy.
Martin Luther King dreamed aloud that all men could be brothers, something never taught by Jesus Christ, any more than Moses taught that Egypt could be reformed and the Israelites and Egyptians could be brothers. The point of the Exodus from Egypt was to evacuate, escape the dictates of that church-state beast. Only sons of the same Father can be brothers, and this will be clearly evident when the Son of God comes to divide his elect sheep from the multitudes of religious goats on the Last Day. King did not stand for anything like the world-changing, church-exposing reforms of his namesake, Martin Luther (who also sadly missed the Words command to get completely out of the religious beast), nor did he remotely believe in the same sovereign LORD. King merely did what Gandhi had done in India, loosen some civil and political fetters in a unjust kingdom of this world while remaining a slave to religious spirituality (in Kings case, freewill Baptist beliefs) mired in politics. Hindus got the political independence that Gandhi sought but remained entrenched in caste separation, clinging to the idolatry and superstition that Gandhi adored. American blacks replaced segregation with their own form of discrimination, a make-believe equality, not truly on the same footing but the preferential treatment embodied in "affirmative" action. Spiritually, Hindus are just as much in the dark as they were before Gandhi "freed" them, and so are the followers of King who continue in his religious kind of faith.
As a result, African-Americans have remained easy prey for the superstitions of Rome and the happy clapping of Charismatic Protestantism, both perfectly suited to African spiritism. They have received yet another dose of Babel and, even worse, been snared without the knowledge necessary to defend themselves from manipulation by leaders branding Jesus as "the white mans god" in order to suck them into the chasm of Islam. Muhammad Ali was a classic case of such religious "conversion." Anybody can become a Christian or Muslim. That is not what the Word is about; it is about being freed from those beasts and all the rest of the cards in Satans deadly pack. Black people have been short-changed long enough. Jesus Christ was not white or black; he was a Semite and descendant of Shem. The title he most commonly used for himself was Son of Man. The Son who sits at the Fathers right hand, and who is coming to blow the counterfeits and all their religions into the furnace, is the universal Man, transcending race and colour. Blacks who do not get a firm hold of this, who reject Christ for not being black, or claim that he was black, are deceiving themselves and their own children. Time to face the facts and history, not revise it, otherwise blacks will carry this spiritual "ball and chain" forever. Time to break the fetters and grab hold of the truth which sets free.
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