Re: The Middle-Eastern origins of the Yoruba?
Posted By: Masimba Musodza In Response To: Re: The Middle-Eastern origins of the Yoruba? *LINK* (selassielive)
Date: Friday, 20 October 2006, at 5:04 p.m.
In Response To: Re: The Middle-Eastern origins of the Yoruba? *LINK* (selassielive)
Let us not swirl around the issues. Let me break it down for you.
1. Eja has been at pains to malign Africans who subscribe to Judae-Christian relgions, which were the precursor of the Rastafari Faith. It would appear that his warped mentality is inspired by events in Palestine today, the conflict between the Zionists and the Arabs.
2.I find it confusing that someone who claims to respect all believers and is for African Unity goes into ill-informed diatribes about certain people. For instance, he distorts the role played by the Queen of Sheba in EOC history, when in actual fact he doesn't know anything about the E.O.C and its continued influence on all Africa. To compensate for this ignorance, he chooses to harbour contempt for it and any one who subscribes to its tenets. All the Yoruba I know (the first Yoruba I met was in my class in the fifth grade) are very nice people.
3. I use the term Middle-East, and perhaps this is where the confusion is coming in because I am postulating that the culture of the Middle-East is the same as that of many parts of Africa. I am postulating that the physical descendants of all those Biblical peoples are the peoples of many parts of Africa. There are too many customary and philological traits in common for it to be mere coincidence. In other words, the Middle-East is the same as Africa.
4. Eja has refused to recognise those Africans of Semitic origin. I have replied by pointing out that although the Yoruba are a Hamitic people, their origins are in Palestine. That would make them as un-African as the African Hebrews.
It is my feeling that Eja is falling in to the same trap as the Nazis- repeating a lie for so long it becomes true. Like the Nazis too he speaks of unity of race, but seeks to exclude certain people. And as was the case with the Nazis, the rest of the world watched as they came to power and didn't do nothing until it was convenient.
This, my brother, is my contention.
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