WHAT WAS THE AFRICAN CULTURE LIKE BEFORE EXPLOITATION

THE AFRICAN CULTURE BEFORE THE AGE OF EXPLOITATION

Like everyone who moves from somewhere else into a foreign environment, the Europeans had opinions about how we lived when they arrived in Africa. Although we had cotton weavers, their loinskins, grass, and thatch homes were a pathetic image of primitiveness to them as they were from chilly climates where they had to wear clothing. They decided to send us their three Cs, which are commerce, civilization, and Christianity. The first two we provided in various forms to the capitalist countries from whence “the guys with no knees” came. The last was the most detrimental because, in the words of Pathisa Nyathi, “Christianity is a proselytizing religion,” which requires you to shed your identity and adopt a new one. We were baptized in the name of foreign gods and saints. The way colonisation was branded it posed to the weaker minds, as an elevation to the state mankind existed in then. It is still common knowledge that colonization “pimped” Africa. In actuality, the opposite is true. It completely altered the economic, social, intellectual, and political foundation of our way of life, and the issues we face now are its legacy. Because the system was created by colonial rulers to undercut the black man for the elevation of the white settler, we are unable to face our circumstances. I hear black men criticizing other black men’s accomplishments all the time. This black man is an enemy of himself and denies his ancestry and heritage. Here are some items that existed in Africa before colonization, which I dedicate to this black man. 

MEDICINE

The medicinal uses of plants, trees, and roots were well-known to the African healers. Even if this information is fading away now, it is still helpful because many Africans prefer to contact traditional healers because their treatments are frequently more affordable, more efficient, and have fewer or no side effects than Western medicine. Childbirth is one instance that exemplifies the magnificence of African medicine. We almost certainly learned how to perform cesarean sections separately. According to Robert Felkin’s account in The Development of Scientific Medicine in the African Kingdom of Bunyoro Kitara, Africans were experts in it as early as 1897. The lack of scalpels, ether, and expensive beds is what makes the process poetic.
Yes, banana wine was used as an anesthetic, reeds were used to do episiotomies, and hot irons were used to cauterize wounds to stop bleeding. Iron spikes were used to sew up the sufferer (removed after six days; how long does it take to remove stitches? ), and the wound was bandaged with bark and root paste. 

KNOWLEDGE

The mythical kingdoms of Egypt and Kush predate all eras of human history. The largest library in the classical era was established in Alexandria in Egypt around 295 BC, where Alexandra the Great is said to have resided (and after whom the city was called). Egypt was the first civilization to create a calendar with 365 days and 12 months. The Ten Commandments, or the Decalogue, share too many similarities with the Egyptian Book of the Dead for this to be a coincidence, and since the Decalogue is a later work, contemporary copyright laws would consider it to be plagiarized. As if it were not astounding enough that no one alive today has a clear understanding of how those monolithic works of architecture were built, the three pyramids of Giza align directly with the Three Kings constellation because the Egyptians were so advanced in disciplines like astronomy, physics, and mathematics.
Some people have even proposed help from extraterrestrials. Because Hollywood continues to demonize black people and certain critics who are willing to accept the evidence have said that the builders of the pyramids were not black, like a specific Nobel laureate who believes that people think with their skin, people think with their skin. However, despite the fact that the sphinxes’ round noses were removed, David Diop’s research EVIDENCES that the ancient Egyptians were melanin-rich “brothers.” 

ARCHITECTURE

Africa is more than Egypt, and the wonders of Egypt could fill a full book—possibly even a whole library. The pyramids are just one outstanding example of architectural achievement that people who reject the idea that Africans were anything other than homicidal barbarians would like to attribute to extraterrestrial visitation. Another illustration are the Masvingo Great Zimbabwe Ruins, after which the nation is named. The buildings have tall walls and a granite conical tower that is simply placed on top of another piece of granite without mortar.  They still stand as proof of the architects’ brilliance and are said to be more than 500 years old. According to one report, “the Moon’s shadow appears near the spot between 0610 and 0620. During significant astronomical events throughout the year, megaliths to the east of the Great Enclosure line up with the Moon, the Sun, and stars. One Megalith might be able to forecast eclipses. The conical form coincides with a supernova that occurred 700–800 years ago in the Vela.

LITERACY

The idea that Europeans taught us how to read and write is a prevalent one. That is accurate in some regions of Africa, but only because writing was not necessary. Griots, mobile human encyclopedias who could recall events and individuals who had long since died away, were common in West Africa. They were in charge of maintaining history. Ethiopia was also literary and even had poetic forms like the Qene and Mawandes as early as 1BC, predating Christianity and Islam, negating the possibility that they had been taught to be literate by missionaries. We have already highlighted Egypt’s literacy. According to Credo Mutwa, the Bantu of Southern Africa spoke a symbol-based language resembling Egyptian hieroglyphs.
In addition to leaving behind cave paintings that depict accounts of hunts and disclose the diets, hunting techniques, and favored prey of the nomadic people known as “bushmen” in Southern Africa. It is safe to assume that these tribes, which were nomadic and had little interest in building settlements or engaging in commerce, could have further developed their language had they had a greater need to communicate or record information in writing. The earth’s resources were simply too abundant for that. All three Pythagorus, Aristotle, and Piccasso benefited from African ingenuity. Before the West developed an understanding of them, fractal geometry and the binary system were used in Africa. Before fractal geometry was discovered in Africa, mathematicians actually believed they had reached the pinnacle of mathematical understanding. Smile great continent, you are not as dark as you have been made to believe.

 

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