Posted By: Ras Paul Motingwa In Response To: Re: HAILE SELASSIE I IS THE RASTAFARI MOVEMENT.... (rasdavid simmonds)
Date: Sunday, 16 October 2005, at 6:55 a.m.
In Response To: Re: HAILE SELASSIE I IS THE RASTAFARI MOVEMENT.... (rasdavid simmonds)
Ones research yu history! Oromorality say: that the present Ethiopia arose out of a core Abyssinian state which was founded by Tigreans and then consolidated over centuries by the two ethnic groups of Abyssinia, the Amhara and the Tigreans; that Menelik II (1889 – 1913) of Amhara ethnic group was the creator of present day Ethiopia, first as a vassal king under EmperorYohannes (1971 – 1889) of Tigray and then as Emperor himself; that Menelik II conquered the Oromo and other non-Abyssinian peoples during the “Scramble for Afrika” and that by conquering these peoples territory the core state was transformed into an empire increased in size by two thirds.
Oromorality say that Emperor Haile Selassie I promoted Abyssinian history, culture and values to the detriment of the ‘colonised.’ Oromorality say that disillusions among Abyssinian elites and disaffection by intellectuals in general about the performance of the empire especially the poor development as compared with newly independent Afrikan states brought about Haile Sellassie I “downfall.”
Oromorality say that as early as 7000 B.C. Cushitic and Omotic peoples were present. The Oromo are one of the Cushitic speaking groups and "The Gallas (Oromo) were a very ancient race, the indigenous stock, perhaps, on which most other peoples in this part of eastern Africa have been grafted"…
I am glad that Oromorality spoke of Cush. Cush is a good place to start! I man remember saying before that the BLACK civilization of Cush/Kemet/Ethiopia/Egypt stretched as far as Babylon, Saudi Arabia, and India. This was the region the Ancients described as the land of Ethiopia/Egypt.
Now remember that civilization went DOWN the River Nile and NOT UP it! The Ancient Egyptians once said “Our people originated from the Mountain of the Moon, at the origin of the Nile River.” Even before the Solar calendar was first used in Ancient Egypt, the Stellar Calendar was being used by Ancient Nile Valley AFRICANS and AFRICANS of the Great Lakes regions! A West Afrikan language known as Wolof has been linked to the Ancient Egyptian.
J.A. Rogers say that the land we now know as Ethiopia began as TWO KINGDOMS. One was based at 2 capitals, Napata and Meroe ‘whose mighty ruins still stand.” The Egyptians called this land Ksh (Cush). It was founded by Cush in 6280 B.C. The Egyptians referred to their own land as KMT. This Ethiopia was the land we know today as the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan. The people there probably referred to themselves as Nubians.
The second of the ‘two Ethiopias’ mentioned above extended to the south east on the Red Sea: Habashat – the Abaseni (Abyssinia of the Greeks). It was a part of or province of the first kingdom. It may have even been its motherland. The first ruler of Abyssinian Ethiopia was Ori in 4470 B.C. Modern Ethiopians have a connected list of their kings since Ori.
Now make no mistake. The civilizations I have so far referred to were BLACK: Aristotle once said “The Ethiopians and Egyptians are very BLACK.”
Cush can be found in the Bible.
Nimrod, a nephew of Cush founded civilizations as far north as Babylon which up to now has been portrayed as a WHITEMAN civilization. This means that Abraham, the first ‘Jew’ may have also been BLACK. He was after all born in the city of Ur, Chaldea during its colonial period under AFRICAN rule to ‘Sun Worshippers’ (do notice how the Afrikans’ metaphoric use of the Sun to describe God has often been misunderstood to mean they worshipped the Sun. Still it may be true that the Israelite referral to the SON OF MAN was a later development).
These are the Jews then who were driven to Afrika/Quamt by starvation after ‘God’ had sent Abraham to reach the land of Canaan where his forefather had tried to reach.
Black History remembers that Hyksos from the banks of the Oxus River near the so-called “Fertile Crescent” invaded Alkebu-Lan (Afrika) in 1675 B.C. (source: Dr Yosef “Ben” Jochannan). Dr Ben goes on to mention that Abraham and his family arrived in Quamt/Afrika in 1670 B.C. driven by famine.
Moses was born in Afrika. He also must have been BLACK. Moses is the said “Father of the Old Testament.”
I man have for long wondered why Moses ever had to leave Afrika/Egypt a land with such a high civilization based on truth and righteousness. Perhaps he was simply returning to a land his forefathers had inhabited and the Egyptians were not slave masters. (Sometimes because they achieved great feats like the mountainous pyramids his-storians have attributed this to the use of FORCED labour.)
Perhaps paganism under white invasion was even then when Moses returned beginning to overtake the original Caananites. Remember the subsequent plunderings of Egypt by the Greeks and Romans.
Remember also the Ark of the Covenant which was removed from ISis RA ELohim by the people accompanying Menelik I, the son of King Solomon and the Ethiopian Queen of Sheba when he was returning to Ethiopia after visiting his father. He had already been blessed that from that time only males would become heirs in Ethiopia fulfilling the Biblical prophecy that a descendant of David would always rule. It is from him that the Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah is descended.
The following is what I have learned of a Semitic presence in Ethiopia. A people known as Habesha migrated into Ethiopia from Yemen, Arabia. A considerable number of Jews came with Menelik I to Ethiopia in 955 B.C. Oromorality did speak of a Semitic immigration as early as the first millennium B.C.
I man have said somewhere before that the Black peoples include a straight hair type with skin colour ranging from the darkest Indian or Aboriginie to the lightest Indian skin that could pass for Negro in the United States. This is the view of some modern day anthropologists like Chiek Anta Diop.
Christianity was established in Ethiopia around 70 A.D. after the eunuch of Candace was baptized by the Apostle Phillip (recorded in the Bible). Candace capital was Axum. Walter Rodney says that today’s Ethiopia emerged out of the kingdom of Axum which was founded by a dynasty of Sabaean origin from the other side of the Red Sea in the first century A.D.
At the time when the Queen of Sheba was returning from her visit to Solomon and pregnant with his son it is said by some that one of her maids was also carrying a child by Solomon. The Zagwe Rulers would later claim to be descended from this servant.
Judith, the queen of the Falashas or Black Jews once seized the Ethiopian throne and ruled for 40 years before the Solomonic Dynasty was restored.
Vis-à-vis the ‘Semitic’ presence Oromorality speak of an oppression of Black people by Semitism and suppression of culture even under Menelik II. Yet Menelik II is known to have been at least seven eighths Negro: “The Negro blood dominated him . . . Menelik’s mother was a woman of low origin, giving him the Negroid face.” Are we to believe that a Negro ruler could still rise in the ranks of a said Semitic ruling class and oppress his own mother’s people?
Haile Selassie himself has been questioned for his Afrikanness. In the light of what I have said about the origin of the Jews, should it be necessary? The descendent of a Black King Solomon and the Ethiopian Queen of Sheba? Many say that he was darker than now pictures of him reveal.
Alexander Powell, an American traveller tells of a white woman who when she saw him riding in state in Paris with Premier Poincare on the Champ – Elysees and later in the movies being entertained by King George, King Albert and King Victor Emmanuel, wanted to know why all this fuss was being made “over a common African nigger.”
Oromorality speak of oppression and genocide. This is a sensitive matter. I myself would remind ones of the presence of an alien in our history books. Propaganda machine is known to perpetuate notions of tribalism to pit brother against brother. Remember also the example how the white propaganda machine which the Jamaica Times may represent reported on the Nyabinghi in 1935 calling it a ‘Secret Society to destroy Whites’ inaugurated by Haile Selassie I. They would even try to discredit a Spiritual War and there is nothing wrong with armed Black Troops all over Afrika who rebel from their Colonial Masters to defend Afrika instead of fighting White man’s wars. Even the freedom fighters of South Afrika were called TERRORISTS. Did not Italy once carry out a chemical warfare against Ethiopia bringing devastation, famine and disease?
And Amharisation? The only Amharisation I know of is when His Majesty made Amharic the official language of a culturally diverse Ethiopia. The Church still maintained the use of Ge’ez an ancient AFRIKAN language derived from Meroitic. And Haile Selassie is an adamant advocate of the preservation AFRICAN culture and a voice for those who are oppressed because of nationality and skin colour. What’s wrong with religion? And what is wrong with wanting to establish a united Africa (at home and abroad)?
I man should return later and speak in defence of Menelik II! More thanks!
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