Pan Africanism : Egypt (Kemet) was not Africa's only great civilization!

Discussion in 'Black History - Culture - Panafricanism' started by panafrica, Apr 26, 2006.

  1. panafrica

    panafrica Well-Known Member MEMBER

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2002
    Messages:
    10,227
    Likes Received:
    191
    Location:
    The Diaspora
    Ratings:
    +194
    The Mwenemutapa or Zimbabweans were a Bantu-speaking people in south-eastern Africa. As with all the Bantu who migrated from central Africa to the south and to the east, the ancestors of the Mwenemutapa brought iron-smelting and agriculture with them to the region south of the Zambezi River. The region was dominated by the Swahili city-state of Sofala; Zimbabwe, however, was rich in gold. Because of the wealth of Zimbabwe and the importance of Sofala as a trading city, the Zimbabweans from 1000 AD onwards were exposed to Chinese, Persian, and Indian crafts and culture. The growing trade encouraged the Zimbabweans to centralize their government. Originally ruled by ruler-priests, the Mwenemutapa developed a military and economic kingship of astonishing power and efficiency.

    The first of these centralized states was Great Zimbabwe (zimbabwe means "stone enclosure") around 1300. Great Zimbabwe was a fortification surrounded by huge, elliptical stone walls made without any mortar. By 1500, Great Zimbabwe dominated the Zambezi Valley both militarily and commercially (the Mwenemutapa empire); because of this, the new ideas about divine kingship spread throughout the valley and changed the social structures of most of the Bantu people living there.

    Great Zimbabwe was so far inland that it never felt the political or cultural effects of Islam during its existence. It is perhaps one of the few African urban culture south of the Sahara to be a fully African civilization, built off of no cultural ideas imported from outside Africa

    http://www.wsu.edu/~dee/CIVAFRCA/MWEN.HTM
     
  2. Blaklioness

    Blaklioness Well-Known Member MEMBER

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2005
    Messages:
    3,346
    Likes Received:
    1,809
    Ratings:
    +1,812
    Brother Pan...thanks so much for sharing this information. In our zealousness to reclaim our legacy, we do tend to become neglectful of our other ancestors.
     
  3. spicybrown

    spicybrown Well-Known Member MEMBER

    Country:
    United States
    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2005
    Messages:
    4,201
    Likes Received:
    118
    Ratings:
    +118
    Egypt was magnified, because at times, other races got their chance to shine there. They figure: "How do we benefit from glorifying an all Black civilization?" So they over-glorify Egypt.
     
  4. panafrica

    panafrica Well-Known Member MEMBER

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2002
    Messages:
    10,227
    Likes Received:
    191
    Location:
    The Diaspora
    Ratings:
    +194
    Yes Spicy I do agree with this. IMHO, other African civilizations are overlooked and considered unimportant by us because the "white man" hasn't told us they are important.
     
  5. kemetkind

    kemetkind Well-Known Member MEMBER

    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2005
    Messages:
    1,599
    Likes Received:
    60
    Ratings:
    +61
    Excellent Thread Brother Pan!
     
  6. panafrica

    panafrica Well-Known Member MEMBER

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2002
    Messages:
    10,227
    Likes Received:
    191
    Location:
    The Diaspora
    Ratings:
    +194
    Thank you....more is on the way.
     
  7. dustyelbow

    dustyelbow Well-Known Member MEMBER

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2005
    Messages:
    1,210
    Likes Received:
    21
    Ratings:
    +21
    Everything is good except that term Bantu. I dont know why ruthless white scholars are too lazy in their summary of the diversity that Africa offers.

    It was MISUSED by ruthless white.

    http://www.tiscali.co.uk/reference/encyclopaedia/hutchinson/m0005858.html

    Bantu languages
    Group of related languages belonging to the Niger-Congo family, spoken widely over the greater part of Africa south of the Sahara, including Swahili, Xhosa, and Zulu. Meaning ‘people’ in Zulu, the word Bantu itself illustrates a characteristic use of prefixes: mu-ntu ‘man’, ba-ntu ‘people’.

    The Bantu-speaking peoples probably originated in northern Central Africa. Until 1978, the black people of the Republic of South Africa were officially designated Bantu(s).

    ----------------------------------------------------------------------

    The designation "Bantu" is primarily a linguistic description; it does not refer to a fixed set of particular cultural practices. The word "Bantu" is itself a Zulu term meaning "people".

    In 20th-century South Africa, the word "Bantu" has been used to refer to native African peoples in general, specifically with regard to the laws of apartheid. As such, it was a highly derogatory term. For example, it was the "Bantu Education Act" in 1953 that condemned the native African children to an educational system whose only goal was to train them for manual labor. The term "Bantu" is now being replaced by the term "black" in South African English usage, and the word "Bantu" is being used instead in its linguistic sense, referring to Bantu-language speakers.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------
     
  8. panafrica

    panafrica Well-Known Member MEMBER

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2002
    Messages:
    10,227
    Likes Received:
    191
    Location:
    The Diaspora
    Ratings:
    +194
  9. I-khan

    I-khan Well-Known Member MEMBER

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2005
    Messages:
    1,344
    Likes Received:
    46
    Ratings:
    +47
  10. emanuel goodman

    emanuel goodman Well-Known Member MEMBER

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2006
    Messages:
    1,698
    Likes Received:
    759
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    social worker
    Location:
    chicago
    Ratings:
    +759
    true

    it appears that egypt became the point of refernce during the dynastic (46 ) for number of chormosomes it the body periods started by menes. however the same knowledge system is recognized and practiced by our ancestors throughout kemet by the dogons etc who's culture out dates that of the dynastic periods.:bullseye:
     
Loading...