Magazine article New African

The Lost Tribe: This Is the Second and Concluding Part of Amani Olubanjo Buntu's Wide Ranging Piece on the History of the African Glory and Downfall in Asia, the Merit of Which Is to Question the White European Scholars' View of African Civilisations. You May Agree or Disagree with the Views Expressed. but They Give Food for Thought

Magazine article New African

The Lost Tribe: This Is the Second and Concluding Part of Amani Olubanjo Buntu's Wide Ranging Piece on the History of the African Glory and Downfall in Asia, the Merit of Which Is to Question the White European Scholars' View of African Civilisations. You May Agree or Disagree with the Views Expressed. but They Give Food for Thought

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The Bangladeshi researcher, Horen Tudu, has devoted much of his work to the Dalit (or The Untouchable's) question in Bangladesh and India. He explains that the original inhabitants of modern day Bangladesh were the Proto-Austroloid Kols, a Dravidian group, descendants from Africa.

Kol as a term has been corrupted by the Aryan-Sanskritic speakers to the word "kalu", meaning both "black" and "ugly" in almost all of the 16 languages of the Indian sub continent.

The indigenous people were "long-headed, dark skinned, broad-nosed, and short in stature. Sometimes labelled as "Negritos" and "Negroids", their physical features are unchanged today among the lowest castes of Bengal."

As Muslims invaded North India and present-day Pakistan and Bangladesh around the 8th century, the religion gained much support from the "Untouchables". Islam allowed them, for the first time in their lives, to reach some form of upward mobility in society.

Similar to the lower-than-low status allocated to Dalits under Hinduism, Arabs have also subdued the indigenous black population to servant status. In Bangladesh, even those of mixed Arab and Bengali descent look down on the black people and call them "village kalus" (equivalent to "nigger") and remain highly bigoted with regard to skin colour.

West and Central Asia, Middle East The first civilisation in the region of Mesopotamia was established by the Sumerians. Situated between the Tigris and the Euphrates river valleys in the southern part of today's Iraq, the first settlements of Sumer date from, possibly, as early as 5,300 BC.

A major element in the Sumerian civilisation, says the African-American historian and researcher, Runoko Rashidi, were black migrants from the Nile Valley who called themselves "the Blackheads". Research suggests that the biological make up of the Sumerians was the same as that of the Ancient Egyptians, the Dogon of West Africa and the indigenous Australians, the Aborigines.

The city of Ur, from where Abraham and his family started their journey to Canaan in the Bible, was probably the most powerful Sumerian city of its era. Prospering during the third millennium BC, Sumer set the guidelines for kingdoms and empires that followed it.

The Sumerians built temples, were advanced in agriculture mad fishing, and developed the first writing system known to Asia. Ur was fundamentally destroyed around 2,000 BC by the Semites who became the new masters of the land. This had a devastating effect, ending the era of Sumerian rule. Around 3,000 BC arose the ancient federal state of Elam, situated in Persia, today's Iran. Iranian legends hold that the ancient Persians were black people with short woolly hair. As with the Sumerians, the cultural forms, the goddesses, art-motifs, weapons and scripts of the Elamites point back to a Nile Valley origin. In fact, many scholars see both Sumer and Elam as Kushite colonies. The ruling dynasties of these two cultures had many significant female leaders and queens.

As with Sumer, Elam also fell victim to destructive Semitic invasions. According to Rashidi, when the Assyrians took over the capital Susa in 639 BC, they attempted to destroy it completely by "the looting and razing of temples, the destruction of sacred groves, the desecration of royal tombs, the seizure of Elamite gods, the removal of royal memorials and the deportation of people, livestock and even rubble from the devastated city".

The anthropologist and historian, Wayne B. Chandler, explains how Africans were once dominant over the entire Arabian Peninsula and were the original Arabs. From what is today Yemen, several city-states and kingdoms spread throughout the region. Yemen and Saudi Arabia were part of the ancient Kushite Empire.

The Sabean Empire, established in 700 BC, was an extension of Ethiopia and was ruled by a line of queens, Kentakes/Kandakas, (called Candace by the Greeks). …

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