Civilization dons clothes.
Posted By: karibkween In Response To: The way of Ur-ser (karibkween)
Date: Monday, 28 August 2006, at 4:28 p.m.
In Response To: The way of Ur-ser (karibkween)
“The Egyptian record when correctly read will tell us plainly that the human birthplace was a land of the papyrus reed, the crocodile, and hippopotamus; a land of the great lakes in Karua, the Kolôe of Ptolemy, or in Apta at the horn point of the earth - that is, in Equatoria, from whence the sacred river ran to brim the valley of the Nile with plenty. The track of civilization with cities springing in its footprints is seaward from the south, not upward from Lower Egypt, which was a swamp when Upper Egypt was already the African home of civilization.” Gerald H. Massey
Anyone familiar with my posts would recognize a tendency on my part to quote the late G.H. Massey. I admire the stand he took in a very hostile environment; his voluminous treatise on ancient Egypt is still being validated with each successive scientific discovery.
He is right on so many counts, that one affords him the liberties he takes with his description/depiction of the Ancient Kamau and the current residents of the continent.
In order to appreciate his extensive research one must make allowances for the prism through which he, all Euro-centrists of his time and the present, viewed the evolution of mankind. Despite the injustices of his time he still felt the need to belittle the accomplishments of the ancients.
“In the Egyptian judgment scenes the baboon or cynocephalus sits upon the scales as the tongue of the balance and a primitive determinative of even-handed justice. “In a Namaqualand fable the baboon sits in judgment on the other animals. The mouse had torn the tailor's clothes and laid it to the cat, the cat lays it to the dog, the dog to the wood, the wood to the fire, the fire to the water, the water to the elephant, and the elephant to the ant; whereupon the wise judge orders the ant to bite the elephant, the elephant to drink the water, the water to quench the fire, the fire to burn the wood, the wood to beat the dog, the dog to bite the cat, and the cat to bite the mouse; and thus the tailor gets satisfaction from the judgment of the wise baboon, whose name is Yan in Namaqua, whilst that of the cynocephalus is Aan in Egyptian” This in the European folk-tales is the well-known nursery legend of “the pig that wouldn't go” How then did this Bushman or Hottentot fable get into the lowermost stratum of the folk-tales in England ? We answer, the same way that “Tom Thumb” did, and “Jack the Giant-killer”, the “House that Jack Built”, and many more which are the poor relations reduced from the mythology of Egypt to become the märchen of the world. G. H. Massey
What is so primitive or uncivilized about a system of justice that genuinely sought to restore nature’s balance?
“The writer of the present work has seen in equatorial regions how the Southern Cross arises and the Bears go down for those who are going south. The northern pole-star dips and disappears, and with it sinks the primal paradise of mythology in general that was configurated in the stars about the pole. This was the heaven in which the stars of our two Bears revolved about the pole.”
“The heaven of the ancient legends and of the equatorial astronomers was close to the earth, because the pole-star rested on the summit of the mount like Anup on his mountain. Such traditions were deposited as the mythical mode of representing natural fact, however much the fact may be obscured.”
“Now, the ordinary heaven of night and day could not supply the natural fact. Heaven is no farther off from earth than ever. Yet there is a starting point in the various mythologies that is equivalent to this beginning, at which time heaven rested on the earth, and was afterwards separated from it by the mythical up-lifter of [Page 262] the sky. The name of heaven denotes the up-heaven. Nut or Nu the Egyptian name for heaven has the meaning and the sign of up-lifted. And there was but one starting point at which the heaven could be said to rest upon the earth. This was in the regions of no latitude, where the pole-stars were to be seen upon the two horizons.”
“As the nomads travelled towards the north, this heaven of the pole, which touched the earth in equatoria, naturally rose up from the mount, or, as mythically rendered, it was raised by Shu, who stood upon the steps of Am-Khemen to reach the height, and push the two apart with his huge staff that was the giant's figure of the north celestial pole. There were no solstices in Apta. Time, if any, was always equinoctial there. And on this equal measure of day and dark the first division of the circle, the sep or turn-round of the sphere, was founded. When Shu upraised the sky it was equally divided between Sut and Horus, the portion of each being half of the water, half of the mount, or half of the twenty-four hours. And this was the time made permanent in Amenta, where the later register for all such simple mysteries was kept. There are twelve hours light and twelve hours dark in this nether-world, the same as in the equatorial regions. It is the equinoctial time of Shu and Mati. The earth was not an upright pillar in Apta, with the starry sphere revolving round it on a horizontal plane. The risings and settings of the stars were vertical, and the two fixed centres of the poles were on the two horizons, or, in accordance with the Egyptian expression, on the northern and the southern sides of the mount of earth. The sky, as the celestial water, was also divided into two great lakes, one to the north and one to the south of the mount. These survive in the Ritual as the Lake of Kharu and the Lake of Ru to the south and the north of the Bakhu hill “on which heaven resteth” (chs. 108 and 109). The system of dividing the celestial water was apparently founded on the two great equatorial lakes at the head of the Nile, which were repeated in the two lakes of Amenta and in the other pictures of the double source of the great stream now figured in heaven at the head of the Milky Way as “the stream without end” Gerald H. Massey
Was it Ausar/Osiris/Ursa who lead the migration of Ethiopians into Egypt? This was civil society until civilization was usurped and forced to don the clothes of the barbarian usurper.
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