The Children of the Sun - Asia
It is still current opinion among those not in touch with the latest results of scientific exploration that Asia is pre-eminently the home of the yellow races. These races are grouped under the term "Semite" because it was accepted that they were descendents of Shem, one of the variegated sons of Noah.But today the term means absolutely nothing.
So many strange and perplexing problems have arisen that there is only a distant hope of ever setting matters to rights. One thing which has been discovered, and which is creating so much surprise, is that it appears that the entire continent of Asia was originally the home of many black races and that these races were the pioneers in establishing the wonderful civilizations that have flourished throughout this vast continent.
At different times invaders have come from the North and tried to conquer many of these peoples, but in most cases they found them too strong and compromised by settling among them. This amalgamation has had a tendency to lighten the color of these Asiatic races, but in no instance has the complete obliteration of the African characteristics been effected.
In his masterful work on "The History of Mankind" Frederick Ratzel speaks of this problem that has caused so much worry to students who wish to give the African as little credit as possible. He say: "What further contributes to make the Negro physiognomy less strange, and brings it nearer to our wont conceptions, is that in many of its manifestations an approach to the Semitic type unmistakably emerges, such as one may often call jewish in character.
There is some foundation for the view that in the Semitic type of jew, Arab, the Syrian, and so on, there is also an un derlying mulatto type. The resemblence of the jews may frequently have been exaggerated, especially among the Kaffirs, but none the less there is a germ of truth in it".
In the great mesopotamian valley, where flourished Chaldea, BTrue, that the ancient writers knew these were black empires and sabylon, and Assyria, evidences of the rule of African peoples have become so persistent that the most famous scholars simply attribute the glory of these mighty empires to African blood and let it go at that.
True, that the ancient writers knew these were black empires and said so, but modern man has always had the habit of believing that the ancients never knew what they were talking about. Perhaps Rawlinson, the renowned English traveler and explorer, has made the admission of African influence planer than any other modern author, He says: " The Chaldean monarchy is rather curious from its antiquity than illustrious from its great names or admirable because of the extent of its dominions.
Less ancient than the Egyptians, it claims the advantage of priority over every empire or kingdom which has grown up upon the soil of Asia. The Aryan, Turanian, and even the Semitic tribes, appear to have been in the nomadic condition when the Cushite settlers (black races) of lower babylonia betook themselves to agriculture, erected temples, built cities and established a strong and settled government.
The leaven which was to spread through Asiatic peoples was first deposited on the shores of the Persian Gulf at the mouth of 'the Great River,' and hence civilization, science, letters, art, extended themselves northward and eastward and westward. Assyria, Media, Semitic babyllonia, Persia, as they derived from Chaldea the character of their writing, so were they indebted to the same country for their general notions of government and administration, for their architecture, for their decorative art and still more for their science and literature.
Chaldea stands forth as the great parent and original inventress of Asiatic civilization, without any rival that can reasonably dispute her claim. " Could a tribute to the black mother of Asiatic civilization be greater?
Among scientists there are some groups who try to determine the relation of races through language and there are others who try to trace relationship through religion. Those who have studied languages as an aid are hoplessly lost in a maze of contradictions and have practically abandoned the hope of ever deciding anything by the means of language. Those who have used religion as a test have fared a little better, but they today are coming to the point that the black races were really the founders of all religion.
In fact, the great similarity of the religion of western Asia has been one of the chief factors in bringing abiut the recognition of the wonderful part played by Africans in the rise of the Asiatic civilizations. One author sums up the results of this study in the following words: "From the many chants from the services of Nippur, which are known to have been borrowed from the Semites , not one has been changed by Semitic school men, so far as the words are concerned.
And not only did the Sumerian (black race) create these chants and fix the forms of the services, but they Originated Every Great Theological Doctrine which the Semites themselves confessed.
In the matter of public services Babylonian religion cannot be regarded as Semitic in any sense.I have no doubt, but that in the excavations in Semitic centers such as Nippur, Ashur, Arbela and Ninevah, may yield many more texts of this kind, but they, like those we already know, are sure to be composed in sacred Sumerian. In a measure this is unfortunate, for it is gradually removing Assyria from the discipline of Semitic studies. Only let us recognise the Babylonian religion in all its essential literary forms and doctrines is decidedly ant-semitic, and we shall avoid much misunderstanding among ourselves."
Before leaving this religion and taking up the study of Persia, let me remark that babylon and Assyria have been among the greatest empires of the world. Their splendor and magnificence have become the by-words of men. History tells us that their cities and majestic palaces were retrospecs of paradise and fairer than the uplands of dreams. Today Asia is filled with the ruins of vast temples and walls which are the wonder of every traveler who beholds them. If you should ever go to visit them, recollect the indirect tribute that Ferguson, author of that monumental work "The History of Architecture," pays the African when he says: "No semite and no Aryan ever built a tomb that could last a century or was worthy to remain so long."
If you have ever studied the history of Persia you will remember that historians classify it as the first great white civilization in the history of the world. So wonderful was the Persian empire, and so magnificent was its civilization, that one cannot well blame the historian for trying to claim it for the white race to the exclusion of all others. But the claim has fallen before the modern study of the Persian people. The primitive civilization of Persia has been called Elamite, and the Elamite, let it be said, was a branch of the great African federation of races. J. de Morgan in his work on Persia tells us: " Besides the Sumerian civilization in Babylonia we have in the valley of the Farum, in Persia, evidence of an early civilization which we call Elamite, which is only being explored. Whether the Elamites and Sumerians were akin, and how early Elamite civilization was, we do not yet fully know: but certainly the cunieform script was in use there also at a very early period."
I quote this to impress upon you the fact that the cunieform script, so often spoken of by students and writers of ancient civilizations, was the form of writing primitively and exclusively used by that great confederation of African peoples who inhabited Asia. We discover in Grecian mythology that Peres was the founder of the Persian race. Now, Peres was the son of Perseus, the famous hero who sprang from the Argive race, an African people who settled in Greece, and Andromeda, a princess of Ethiopia, whom Perseus rescued from death imposed upon her because her mother boasted that her daughter's beauty surpassed that of the Neriads.
Reference: The Children of the Sun: George Wells Parker
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