Egypt - African cultural - Superiority
There is an age-old discussion about racial supremacy. Though there is a consensus that all people have equal intellect and that the environment pays a great role in shaping characters, the debate about African contributions to contemporary culture has been raging. There is a feeling that Africans, or people with African heritage, have made little contributions to the world's contemporary culture. This paper will examine the relevant literature and conclude that ancient Egyptians were black Africans and therefore their contributions to contemporary cultures must be considered African.
There is a strong belief that ancient Egyptians were Arab. In addition, there was a lot of Greek influence in the world in those times. For example, Cleopatra, an Egyptian Queen, was sexually involved with Julio Caesar. In addition, the conquests of other Greece empires, such as Alexander the great have left lasting impressions. For example, the city of Alexandria was established by Alexander the great. This belief of non-African Egyptians also emanates from the outlook of the people that live in present day Egypt. However, Cheikh Anta Diop proposes that the original Egyptians were Black (Diop, 1974).
He uses the sphinx discovered by French explorers in Egypt to support his claim. The sphinx, build during the ancient rule of the Pharaohs, has Bantu origin as opposed to Greek of Semitic. This suggests that the original Egyptian kingdom was Bantu. In the African continent, most of the languages spoken have a Bantu origin (Diop, 1974).
[...] Egypt- Source of African cultural Superiority Africa and Egypt There is an age-old discussion about racial supremacy. Though there is a consensus that all people have equal intellect and that the environment pays a great role in shaping characters, the debate about African contributions to contemporary culture has been raging. There is a feeling that Africans, or people with African heritage, have made little contributions to the world's contemporary culture. This paper will examine the relevant literature and conclude that ancient Egyptians were black Africans and therefore their contributions to contemporary cultures must be considered African. [...]
[...] In the same way that a fallen kingdom is considered effective provided its legacy lives on, so must the effects of the Egyptians on contemporary civilization. Their effects on modern culture are undeniable. In addition, their influence on the Greece empires produced the roots of the contemporary civilization. Therefore, the concept of African cultural inferiority is not true because their initially superior culture gave birth to modern values of peace and respect for human values. References Collins, R. O. (1968). Problems in African history. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall. [...]
[...] The use of biblical accounts also supports the view. The bible describes Ham, the son of Noah, as the ancestor of the black people. The bible gives a lineage that proposes the descendants of Ham settled in the Nile, according to the accounts of Cheikh Anta Diop. Though historians reject the views proposed by the bible and accept the evolutionary view, the bible must be considered a solid source of historical information on the Middle East and Egypt because there are many accurate accounts (Diop, 1974). [...]
[...] Davidson, B. (1991). African civilization revisited further: from antiquity to modern times. Trenton, N.J.: Africa World Press. Diop, C. A. (1974). The African origin of civilization: African myth or reality. New York: L. Hill. [...]
[...] Civilization emanated from the African countries of Ethiopia and Egypt. The Greece models merely borrowed from these two and made contributions to suit their lifestyles. For example, though Egypt was prosperous and possibly the most dominant country, she never tried to bring other people under her rule. This aspect of civilization emanated from ancient Greece. Therefore, the contributions of the African people to civilization tended to emphasize on the relevance of peace. Edith Sanders adopts a similar view to Cheikh Anta Diop. [...]
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