Often, we hear that Africans civilized the world after populating the planet and migrating to other places. In so doing they carried with them all they knew. Since Africa is the birth place of humanity some people tend to think that Africans brought forth all things. One reason for that is because, our existence exceeds any other sub species, another reason people do this is because they believe since we were here first, and people came to Africa to study that’s enough evidence to blacken every other civilization across the globe. That would be disingenuous to belittle other people’s culture and their evolution.
What hominids or early Homo Sapiens Sapiens that migrated out of Africa and populated the rest of the world did was, take pieces of what they knew and developed it according to the environment around them to survive. Due to that and other conditions such as the weather, different environmental circumstances, and other situations one would have to adapt and adjust what they knew to fit into that paradigm.
What people established in other parts of the world that left Africa over 50 to 100 thousand years ago according to Nature would be considered foreign to the African. What they developed in that period before back migration belonged primarily to that people in that specific region of the world, and with the information available to us today we can trace back a lot of these origins and show that they are indeed foreign to the continent of Africa.
In tracing the roots of some of the admixture of cultures that have invaded the continent of Africa and continue to confused the indigenous spiritual practices we don’t have to go back that far to observe its infiltration. Several gods that belong to the people who came in kidnapping Africans brought what they knew in peace like wolves in sheep’s clothing. Under those garments existed a multitude of confusion that we still haven’t been able to remove from our lives hundreds of years later.
What becomes of a people with absolutely no understanding of who they are culturally or spiritually? A people who are completely removed from a place where they use to carry themselves with the utmost confidence and respect. Historically we can look at the past 100 years and get a very good example of what would happen. You become a shell of yourself and start to cling to anything that feels good and seems like it belongs to you.
Amid of adopting something foreign what we try to do is paint Jesus, Allah, and Yewah black, or try to make East Asian cultural practices African. When you rather submit to what feels good than understand what is rightfully yours you begin to show a level of ignorance. Even the so-called conscious act unconscious when our minds dwell in a realm of spiritual beliefs that take them from being centered in African spirituality to the Middle and far East Asia.
Fortunately, due to the trauma the African has faced and the scrutiny it’s culture has been put through not all Continental Africa Spiritual systems fell at the hands of its kidnapper and enslaver. The Bamana and Akan spiritual systems still survive and thrive on the Continent to this very day. “The Akan are one of the best known cultural groups in Africa. Currently 4 million strong, they are the largest cultural grouping of Ghana, representing approximately half of the country’s population. The Akan Abusua (family), or clans, includes the Akuapem, Akyem (Abuakwa, Bosome, Kotoku), Asante, Brong-Ahafo, Fante, Kwahu, and Nzema. Although Christianity and Islam attempted to colonize their spirituality, the Akan have not departed from their ancestral and spiritual culture, which defines them as Akan. Spirituality is the foundation on which Akan society and culture is built.” Molefi Kete Asante Ama Mazama Encyclopedia of African Religion.
The Bamana people belong to the Mande group and can be found primarily in Mali. However, sizable Bamana communities also exist in neighboring West African countries, in particular in Guinea, Burkina Faso, and Senegal. There are about 2 million Bamana, making them one of the largest Mande subgroups, as well as the dominant ethic group in Mali, where about 80% of the population speak the Bamana language. The Bamana, as they call themselves, are often referred to as Bamabara, which is likely an inaccurate rendition on the part of the French of Bamana. This entry looks at history and social organization, and then it turns to their religion and ritual. The Bamana religion is based on the belief in one supreme God, Maa Ngala, “Lord of All,” or Masa Dembali, “Uncreated and Infinite Lord,” God is responsible for creating the world and all that is in the world.” Molefi Kete Asante Ama Mazama Encyclopedia of African Religion.
As descendants of kidnapped victims, we have completely lost our identity in a shuffle forced on us. Invaders separated families by mixing those who spoke different languages, also by spiritual practices which they did not allow to a controlled degree. In doing so the indigenous African language and spiritual practice over time suddenly desecrated. In return, they handed us their version of religious practices, language, and rules to follow to survive.
We deliberately survived by adopting Greco-Roman, Judea-Christian, Indo-European, and Arabianized cultures who all played a major role in dehumanizing our spiritual and cultural concepts. What we did was used what we had and painted it black instead of holding on to what we knew and continue the teachings and guidance of our ancestors. Venerating ancestors, pouring libation, the worship of nature, defying what we knew by telling mythological stories of this unexplained natural phenomena are centered in African spirituality. What came into Africa had absolutely nothing to do with Africans at all. It taught us to submit, obey, and see ourselves as the cursed people of some biblical story.
Africa did not acknowledge any outside creator gods nor did they subscribe to anything rooted in Hinduism which included this new phoneme called Kmty yoga, 3rd eye, kundalini, astral-projection, tantra, aliens, and the liking. This new age information crept on the continent by the way of foreigners covered in missionary worked determined to control the spiritual message. But like Christianity, Judaism, and Islam we have painted them black, and now argue that we are the creators of all things.
Making a statement like that is not true nor accurate and to make such a claim it would require extensive research backed by hundreds of primary references to validate it. The argument is not over what one decides to practice the argument is over its origins. If we are to claim Africa as our birthplace and call ourselves practicing African spirituality then we must really return to the source. We can no longer attest to feel good rhetoric then turn around and dip it in chocolate like that will justify its meaning.
Prancing around in Dashikis with crystals and red dots on our foreheads screaming black power praying for aliens to come help us is not consciousness. Attending Saturday or Sunday services being preached at about how great this god is and his son still doesn’t make it African because you are black. Allah is not an African deity and shouldn’t be semantically assembled as such. Astral projecting to the 5th dimension and vibrating on at different levels is not a true concept of African spirituality and anyone passing it off as such is playing to the ignorance of many. By simply believing in such practices without knowing makes one Unconscious, and having such a perspective will only prove without any doubt that its origins are outside the continent.
We need to withdraw from this spell that theosophical minds such as Madame Blavatsky and others have cast on us. We need to remove this ignorance by applying the proper methodology to expose its roots. By doing this we will then determine what is ours and what simply is borrowed. Then we can finally put away the paint brush many have used to re-create the images of deities that foreign to the continent of Africans.
Written By: Ini-Herit Khalfani
June 24th 2017
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