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Book Reviews: Wonderful Ethiopians; A Review|
Posted on Thursday, July 06 @ 01:54:37 UTC by admin
Wonderful Ethiopians of the Ancient Cushite Empire by Drusilla Dunjee Houston
Inspired by W.E.B. DuBois, after years of research the author published the first of a multi-volume set of work in 1926. Unfortunately this is the only volume to date to be published.
The Cushite Empire, thus far traced to origins in Meru of Ethiopia is explored through migrations of ancient Africans, populating vast areas from Asia to Western Europe. Noted: with the elapse of time, the actual seat of the Ancient Ethiopian Empire has proven impossible up to now as having been determined. I would add that since this volume was published, much information has been researched informing us that the Cushite Empire was more extensive than the areas covered in this book.
From a website dedicated to the author, Drusilla Dunjee Houston, for familiarization:
*The Origin of Cush Currently, when Ethiopia is referred to many have the the image of a small, poverty stricken, warring country in Africa. Ethiopia is also associated with current day ideas, similar to the Jesus story of an idealistic Zion (heaven) with Haile Selassie as the saviour.
"The terms Cush, Nubia, and Ethiopia are often used interchangeably. Cush, for example, is a non-Egyptian term applied to the indigenous African people of the Nile. Current scholars are uncertain of the origin of the term Cush. The people thought of themselves as Cushites. A throne name of one of the earliest Kings, Kashta, refers to "The Cushite."
This work as well as others by dedicated Black historians, have and are still making significant strides to setting history in an accurate context: "We cannot solve the stupendous problems that the world faces until we can read aright the riddle of the evolution of the races. Uninformed men make unsafe leaders."
The book states that Ethiopia was the first country to be established on earth, with Ethiopians the originators of worship of gods as well as establishers of laws. Later ages gained from Ethiopia the fundamental principles of equality, temperance, industry, intelligence and justice.
Much documented ancient history pertains to the highly cultivated Egyptian Pharaonic Dynasties. Understandably this would be the point of easiest obtainable information due to the availability of well preserved information about Ancient Egypt. What is not so widely accepted is the knowledge that Egypt is renowned for was brought forth by the Egyptian priesthood who were Ethiopian. Egypt was a colony of the parent body Ethiopia.
There have been many attempts by white scholars and scientists to "white wash" Egypt of first, the historical evidence of it being part of the larger Cushite Empire and next to take away its original Black beginnings. Careful and painstaking investigations by authors such as this one have uncovered much evidence to the contrary.
Egypt became an easy target of "white wash" corruption of history, as it was an international capital of sorts, with many foreigners frequenting this great stronghold of ancient wisdom to study and acquire the ancient teachings cultivated and carried to Egypt by the priests and caretakers of Ethiopia.
Simultaneous with Egyptian civilization evolving, the migrations to Asia and Western Europe by the early Ethiopians, came into their own as highly cultivated settlements of the Cushite Empire.
Egypt and Babylon led the way in cultivating art, science, literature, also alphabetical writings, astronomy, history, chronology, architecture, with textile industries seeming to have had their origins in these countries. Domestication of animals and the foundations of agriculture also can be attributed to these advanced societies. What is considered current strides in technology has been directly contributed to from these ancient civilizations.
Linguistic discoveries were proof that Ethiopians in the earliest times extended themselves along the southern shores of the continents from Abyssinia to India. The Sanskrit writings, considered sacred writings in India, describe the extended domains of the Ancient Cushite Empire. They mention one of the emigrations going out from the Upper Nile as having peopled India. The Puranas (Sanskrit ancient writings with a focus on the history of the Universe) divided the world into 7 divisions (dwipas). Sancha dwipa was Africa. Cusha dwipa was the land of Cush, India and the Mediterranean.
This author indicates as the ancient Cushites entered India they did not encounter Indo-Europeans but instead could have encountered aboriginal Malays who would have been absorbed into the clan as was the Ethiopian custom throughout their domains.
The early history of the Dravidians of Asia at the time of this book has not been entirely deciphered but it is stated, in ethnic type, the Dravidians are Ethiopian and are the people who civilized India.
The originations of the communal districts of India, this simple system of cooperation of the Cushite people built the temples, palaces and giant engineering projects that are wonders today. The basis of the achievements of Babylonia, Egypt and Ethiopia are the result of this communal system.
Indirect trade from India to the Mediterranean has existed since very ancient times. Although Greece has no recorded history, the Aegean civilization preceded historic Greek civilization. Mythology of the Greeks are the literature of the Cushites who populated western Europe. Although frequently mentioned in context within the parallels of the Ethiopian Empire, this book promises more authentic information of the Cushite origins of Western Europe, however that volume has yet to be published.
I found it important for getting a better meaning when reading this book to recognize the history of the author herself. A brief biography of Drusilla Dunjee Houston is included in an Introductory Note About the Author and Her Work. She has been referred to as one of the pioneers documenting Black History. I found much of the information she has researched valuable in understanding the history of the Cushite peopling of the world as well as the indisputable Black Africans initial and essential contributions to human civilization. This book, as well as the author regrettably have for the most part been relegated to obscurity. Fortunately though, the book is somewhat being rediscovered and utilized by those looking to delve deeper into ancient Ethiopian history.
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Wonderful Ethiopians of the Ancient Cushite Empire
by Drusilla Dunjee Houston
Average Score: 3.66|