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Africa’s future lay buried deep within its soil, that’s because Africa’s future it’s own Resources. African people, we must stand up and take back control of what we are entitled to and that is our Resources. If that means forming a super army of all the Africa Nations to take back and protect are resources then so be it. It our turn to make our nations rich and wealthy!
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1. What was your prime inspiration and motivation for creating the book “Imhotep The African Architect of the Cosmos” with Robert Bauval?
This is my second book as a team with Robert Bauval. Our collaboration began in earnest with our 2008 expedition to the very remote Gebel Uwainat region of southwest Egypt (the northern Sahara desert). There we investigated newly discovered prehistoric rock art and pharaonic inscriptions that link the earliest Nile Valley civilization people with even earlier prehistoric peoples in that region, and with the very ancient megalithic site Nabta Playa. A primary aspect of that link is the evident astro-ceremonial bases of the culture that moved to the Nile Valley and created what we know as Ancient Egyptian civilization. While researching and writing that book “Black Genesis”, it became clear to us that a major product of that movement was the magnificent Step Pyramid complex at Saqqara, designed and envisioned by the great polymath of antiquity, Imhotep. We became more intrigued with the question of who this character is, revered through millennia, famous icon of antiquity, and yet still largely mysterious and little known, Imhotep. We explore that question in our current book.
2. Could you go a bit into your background with us and about your PhD?
I received a PhD in physics, with research in planetary astrophysics, at the University of Colorado, Boulder. That was an exciting time, working with NASA planetary exploration spacecraft projects, studying for the first time close-up the outer planets of our solar system. I continued that work as research staff, and then as an exchange scientist at the University of Tokyo working with Japanese space exploration projects. As an undergraduate I was a sort of dual-major in physics and ancient philosophy (with the philosophy undeclared). In later work I re-integrated with my earlier interests, teaching Integral Studies, and eventually developing an interest in archaeoastronomy which is the basis of my work in these books with Robert Bauval.
3. Why do you think Imhotep was black and could you share some information about his origins with us?
Thousands of years after his time, Imhotep was deified by the ancient Greeks and Romans as the father of medicine and healing, as well as the father of sacred architecture. He was known to have been high priest of Heliopolis, the “holy of holies” of Old Kingdom Egyptian religious-culture. And we found that the monumental complexes Imhotep is known to have designed and envisioned, most embody and express the sacred astro-ceremonialism that links Old Kingdom Egypt to the earlier cultures of the central Sahara who built the sacred megalithic astro-ceremonial site Nabta Playa. Anthropologists know the people of Nabta Playa were black. We think, as the great polymath of earliest Nile Valley Egyptian civilization, it is likely Imhotep was himself from that same cultural background.
4. What do you call him Architect of the Cosmos for?
Imhotep envisioned and expressed in earliest monumental architecture, in a manner that has kept his name revered for five millennia, mans’ linkages both exoteric and esoteric with the cycles of the Cosmos.
5. How was life on the Nile more advanced and sophisticated than previously imagined?
We are all familiar with the Great Pyramids as one of the Wonders of the Ancient World. We now know that the minds and culture behind the building of those monuments, were expressing something far beyond an effort to create a gigantic pile of stones for a grandiose king (as some seem to assert). They were expressing a sacred science of mankind’s place in deeply connected cycles of Cosmos and Earth.
6. This is a wildcard question. What would you like to share with us from the book that our readers might find interesting?
In addition to bringing new light onto the extraordinary personage of Imhotep, we also tie him into the context of many historical aspects readers may find fascinating such as the following. Imhotep was early high priest of the great Ancient Egyptian University at Heliopolis, which many centuries later was frequented by early ancient Greek luminaries such as Pythagoras. We deepen the connection of Nile Valley civilization to the earlier culture at Nabta Playa, and the prehistoric people who made the beautiful rock art in the central Sahara. We look at a 6500 year old artificial human tooth found at Nabta Playa that the dental anthropologist who discovered it suggests may have been 6000 years ahead of its time. We also consider further possible evidence the very ancient Zep Tepi or “First Time” culture, usually thought to be “mythical”, may have been Imhotep’s ancient ancestors. And much more…
7. What can you share with about your research at the Step Pyramid Complex of Saqqara?
For that, please see our book, and my replies to the above questions.
8. What future projects are you working on and do you have any website links you would like to share with us? Thanks.
As far as writing, I am working on an essay for a book chapter that explores more deeply one of the prehistoric features we discuss in these two books. Also I am developing a new book that will be more philosophical (along the lines of my book The Mechanism Demands a Mysticism) addressing a gap in our contemporary scientific view of reality, which will also speculate on connections of that to the geniuses like Imhotep who created the wonders of the ancient world.
I encourage readers to connect with me on facebook (thomas.brophy), or thomasgbrophy.com, also Robert Bauval’s very active facebook page.
A ancient Greek historian who was born in Halicarnassus, Caria (modern day Bodrum, Turkey) and lived in the fifth century BC (c. 484 – 425 BC). He has been called the “Father of History”, and was the first historian known to collect his materials systematically, test their accuracy to a certain extent and arrange them in a well-constructed and vivid narrative.
"And upon his return to Greece they gathered around and asked, "Tell us about this great Land of the Afrakans called Ethiopia." And Herodotus said, “There are two great Ethiopian nations, one in Sind (India) and the other in Egypt”. Herodotus’ account of the great African civilizations that spanned both the African continent and much of South East Asia, was not the first nor would it be the last observation by travelers and historians alike, of the Afrakan civilizations in South East Asia
In the Yorùbá religion, Ṣàngó (also spelled, Sango, Shango, often known as Xangô or Changó in Latin America and the Caribbean, and also known as Jakuta) (from ‘=shan, ‘to strike’) is perhaps one of the most popular Orisha; also known as the god of fire, lightning and thunder. Shango is historically a royal ancestor of the Yoruba as he was the third king of the Oyo Kingdom prior to his posthumous deification. In the Lukumí (Olokun mi = “my dear one”) religion of the Caribbean, Shango is considered the center point of the religion as he represents the Oyo people of West Africa, the symbolic ancestors of the adherents of the faith. All the major initiation ceremonies (as performed in Cuba, Trinidad, Puerto Rico and Venezuela for the last few hundred years) are based on the traditional Shango ceremony of Ancient Oyo. This ceremony survived the Middle Passage and is considered to be the most complete to have arrived on Western shores. This variation of the Yoruba initiation ceremony became the basis of all Orisha initiations in the West.
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Hamitic is an historical term for the peoples supposedly descended from Noah’s son Ham, paralleling Semitic and Japhetic. It was formerly used for grouping the non-Semitic Afroasiatic languages (which for this reason were described as “Hamito-Semitic”). However, since, unlike the Semitic branch, these have not been shown to form an exclusive (monophyletic) phylogenetic unit on their own, the term is obsolete in this sense.
In the 19th century, as an application of scientific racism, Europeans classified the “Hamitic race" as a sub-group of the Caucasian race, alongside the Semitic race, grouping the non-Semitic populations native to North Africa, the Horn of Africa and South Arabia, including the Ancient Egyptians. According to their Hamitic theory, this “Hamitic race” was superior to or more advanced than other Afrakan populations of Sub-Saharan Africa. In its most extreme form, in the writings ofC. G. Seligman, it asserted that all significant achievements in African history were the work of “Hamites” who migrated into central Africa as pastoralists, bringing technologies and civilizing skills with them. In the early twentieth century, theoretical models of Hamitic languages and of Hamitic races were intertwined.
The term Hamitic originally referred to the peoples believed to have been descended from the biblical Ham, one of the Sons of Noah. When Ham dishonors his father, Noah pronounces a curse on him, stating that the descendents of his son Canaan will be “servants of servants”. Of Ham’s four sons, Canaan fathered the Canaanites, while Mizraim fathered the Egyptians, Cush the Cushites, and Phut the Libyans.
During the Middle Ages, Europeans interpreted the story to define Ham as the ancestor of all Africans. The curse was regularly interpreted as having created visible racial characteristics in Ham’s offspring, notably black skin. According to Edith Sanders, the sixth-century Babylonian Talmud states that “the descendants of Ham are cursed by being Black and depicts Ham as a sinful man and his progeny as degenerates.”Both Arab, based on Noah and Ham in theKoran, and later European and American slave traders used this story to justify African slavery.
The Bible restricts the curse to the offspring of Ham’s son Canaan, who occupied the Levant, not to his other sons who supposedly populated Africa. According to Edith Sanders, 18th-century theologians increasingly emphasised the narrow restriction and accurate interpretation of the passage as applying to Canaan’s offspring. They rejected the “curse” as a justification for slavery
Etymology of the word “Ham”. Ham comes from a Hebrew word “Chem" or "Cham",which means heat,hot,burnt. Cham comes from the Afrakan word “Kemet”meaning the black land because of the black soil. And not because of the color of the people,Afrakans have and always will be difference tones of brown. The blackness syndrome comes from American Afrakans. Slave masters called there slaves Black(English),Negro(Spanish),Nigger(Latin), which all means the same thing. And turn increases confusion and dislike for there own people. “Whoever is darker is more Afrakan etc”. Which is all nonsense, no race is all one skin tone. Bio diversity big word!!!!!
Coming from the majority of European views so called Hamites where more like Europeans in features, which open up doors for Afrakans to join in the battle of self racism. E.g. Europeans’ asserting that the Tutsi were superior to the Hutu. In spite of both groups being Bantu-speaking, the Tutsi were classed as “Hamitic” on grounds of their being deemed to be more Caucasoid in their facial features. And then you get the Rwanda massacres. More present in the Americas. “Or I am half European, that makes me better than you”, or “I am not full Afrakan etc”!