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Christmas day Winter Solstice! With that said, let’s be clear about something here. This writer is not into any sort of religion so this post will have nothing to do with the fictionalized portrait of a man who was thought to have walked the Earth some 2,015 years ago but rather a few words on myth and historical inaccuracies.
Many years ago, I, like perhaps billions of people around world, believed in the story about this guy named Jesus who I was taught was born on December 25th, raised people from the dead, walked on water, had 12 disciples, died and rose from the dead three days later. Yes, I believed in it although I always found these ideas a bit strange. The fact is, the only way one can truly believe in such things is through a deep process of indoctrination. One example shall suffice to prove my point.
Many years ago, long after I learned the truth about the origins of Christian myths, I remember having gone to local bookstore with the young daughter of one of my best friends. At 11 years of age, the youngster had become enamored with Greek mythology and knowing that the girl hadn’t been raised in Christian doctrine, and that her father had also come to reject these beliefs, I decided to initiate a dialogue about the story of Jesus Christ that, as I knew from past studies, had many similarities with Greek Mythology as well as those of numerous other cultures.
After telling me that she didn’t know much of anything about Jesus, I summed up his life story with the brief description that I wrote in the paragraph before the previous one. After listening to the summary, the girl looked at me and asked a question that anyone who hadn’t been indoctrinated with such ideas and frightened into accepting them through threats of an eternal afterlife in inferno: “How could he do that?”
Another intriguing piece of this story has to do with something we touched upon in an earlier post today: whiteness as the sole gatekeeper of knowledge. And as those persons who consider themselves to be white have long plundered, exploited, murdered and subjugated the world’s people of color, and in doing so crowning themselves the world’s most important, most beautiful, intelligent and powerful people on the planet, the words of the first Prime Minister of India seem to ring true: “History is almost always written by the victors.” Or, just as fitting are the words of French ruler Napoleon Bonaparte when he said that “history is a set of lies that people have agreed upon.” Both of these classic quotes can be applied very well to the history of Africa and its people.
Due to the worldwide system of white supremacy, history would have us believe that Africans have contributed nothing to the history of the world and that its people are the most backward savages in the world. Very few people actually take the time to do their own research and find out if these ideas are actually true or not and the story of the man we’ve come to know as Jesus Christ is perhaps one of the most fabled lies to be ever be accepted as true. No matter how you dissect it, from the numerous god-men who have similar stories as Jesus, or the winter solstice representing the sun’s symbolic three day “death” and return to life or the numerous mythical stories in the Bible that are based on astrology, after analyzing the facts behind the myths, one cannot continue to believe in such creative fairy tales.
Our mainstream media has also played its role in these great deceptions by continuously portraying one of the world’s greatest ancient civilizations, Egypt, as having been primarily peopled by persons with European features, this despite the works of people such as Gerald Massey, Robert Bauval or Martin Bernal. One way that academics of African descent have attempted to reclaim a hidden and suppressed history of African peoples is through the re-telling of historical events, figures and civilizations and re-casting them as black with this historical revisionism sometimes applying this blackening to the figure known as Jesus Christ. My stance on this ideology has remained the same over the past few decades.
Making Jesus black doesn’t change the fact that his story is a myth.
As such, the post featured today doesn’t represent any sort of co-signing on the historicity of Jesus perspective, but rather a simple assertion that much of history as it is taught in schools is either partially true or outright lies. Not believing in the Jesus story doesn’t diminish the fact that much of what we today call the Middle East, including the Arabian Peninsula, were once parts of Africa and inhabited by black-skinned people. So if people do in fact believe in the fable about JC, they should at least consider some historical aspects of what types of people would have lived in the lands said character is said to have inhabited. And when one does this, one will be forced to either come to some very different conclusions of what they have always believed…or continue living in the world of fantasy.
Jesus was born in Africa and was black
By Douglas Belchior
The text that I replicate here was also shared in 2012 by my friend Jonathan Marcelino, a doctoral student in Human Geography at USP, a scholar of racial issues and a person extremely committed to the anti-racist struggle.
When I read it, I remembered immediately a passage from the movie Muhammad Ali, when he fighting with his father, said he didn’t earn his living painting Jesus blond with blue-eyes…
The boy Jesus and his family were born in Africa, hid among blacks by confusing with them … and for those who believe it, there are Biblical sources.
By Jonathan Marcelino
Jesus was born in Africa. The Gospels say explicitly that Jesus was born in “Bethlehem of Judea in the days of King Herod” (cf. Mt 2.1. 2, 220.127.116.11) (Lk 2: 4.15), (Jn 7: 40-43).
In ancient times, including the time of Jesus, Bethlehem of Judah was considered a part of Africa. Until the construction of the Suez Canal, Israel was part of Africa. This view was to last until 1859, when the French engineer Ferdinand de Lesseps began to build the Suez Canal. From there, it was separated from Africa not only geographically, but above all historically, culturally and anthropologically of what we now call the Middle East. That ancient extent of Africa now passed to finger into maps as if outside Asia.
Jesus, a man with feet of burned bronze, with skin the color of jasper and carnelian and hair made of lamb’s wool.
Jesus had black presence in his family line. The genealogy of Jesus was mixed with the line of Ham from the captivity in ancient times in Egypt and Babylon. In the ancestors of Jesus through Cam, the feminine side of this mixture, there are five women mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus Christ (Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba and Mary) (Matthew 1: 1-16). The first ladies were mentioned were of Cam’s ancestry. Thus, Jesus can be acclaimed by ethnically Semitic peoples and descendants of Cam.
Jesus was from the tribe of Judah, one of the African tribes of Israel. Male ancestors of Jesus come from Sem’s line (miscegenated). However, the genealogy of Jesus was mixed with the line of Ham from the captivity in ancient times in Egypt and Babylon. The ancestor of Jesus through Cam is narrated in Genesis 38: So Tamar, a Canaanite (Black) woman becomes pregnant by Judah, and gives birth to twins Zerah and Perez, forming the Tribe of Judah, ancestors of King David’s and of José e Maria (Joseph and Mary), Jesus’ earthly parents.
If Jesus were white, blond with blue eyes, it would have been difficult for him and his family to hide among the black Egyptians without being noticed.
Jesus hid among Blacks. It was no accident that God sent Mary and Joseph to Egypt in order to hide the baby Jesus from King Herod (Matthew 2:13). He could not have been hidden in North Africa if it were a white boy. Not by military protection since at that time Egypt was a Roman province under Roman control, but because Egypt was still a country inhabited by black people. So Joseph, Mary and Jesus would have been just another black family among blacks, who had fled to Egypt in order to hide Jesus from Herod, who was trying to kill the boy. If Jesus were white, blond with blue eyes, would have been difficult for him and his family to hide among the black Egyptians without being noticed. The Hebrew people was very similar to the Egyptian people, otherwise it would have been difficult to recognize a Hebrew family among Black Egyptians.
It was in Egypt that the people of Israel had its peak of blackness. Seventy Israelites entered Egypt and stayed there for 430 years, thirty years the Israelites were guests, and 400 years captives in Egypt, they and their descendants intermarried with non-Israelites, reaching more than 600,000 men, women and children. They left Egypt a mixed crowd. Ethnically, their ancestors were a combination of afro-asiáticos (Afro-Asians).
Jesus was similar to a stone of jasper and carnelian. In Apocalipse (Revelations) the Bible continues to show the blackness of Jesus. He is called the Lamb of God according to the Bible, with his woolly hair, being compared to sheep’s wool, and feet with the color of burned bronze (Revelations 1:15), with an appearance similar to stone of jasper and sardonyx (Rev. 4: 3), which are usually brownish stones. The colors of jasper and carnelian are not unique and absolute, they are different colors.
Source: Negro Belchior/Carta Capital
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