Asida is a boiled flour pudding cooked directly in water. It is a popular traditional dish served in Libya during celebrations such as births or Eid. It is made of wheat flour or whole-meal flour dough cooked in water, and is eaten with honey or date syrup and melted butter. Some people use olive oil or samn (ghee) instead of butter. It is usually eaten for breakfast. Like bazeen, asida is a communal meal served in a large flat plate or gas’a, and it is generally eaten with the fingers, although spoons can be used. While Bazeen has Amazigh origins and is a purely North African dish, this boiled flour pudding has an Arabic name and versions of Asida are made in the Arabian Peninsula. Take a look at the steps for the smiley face asida for children. Ingredients 25g butter Served with: Fill a deep pot with 1/2 litre hot water. Add 25g butter and a teaspoon of salt. Leave on medium heat until the water starts to boil. Sift the flour then pour it into the pan all at once then remove from heat. Immediately start to stir the flour into the buttery water. Press the dough against the side of the pot to remove lumps.
Arabic Boiled Flour Pudding: Asida العصيدة
1 litre boiling water
Honey or date syrup
Melted butter or ghee
Asida is a boiled flour pudding cooked directly in water. It is a popular traditional dish served in Libya during celebrations such as births or Eid. It is made of wheat flour or whole-meal flour dough cooked in water, and is eaten with honey or date syrup and melted butter. Some people use olive oil or samn (ghee) instead of butter. It is usually eaten for breakfast. Like bazeen, asida is a communal meal served in a large flat plate or gas’a, and it is generally eaten with the fingers, although spoons can be used. While Bazeen has Amazigh origins and is a purely North African dish, this boiled flour pudding has an Arabic name and versions of Asida are made in the Arabian Peninsula.
Take a look at the steps for the smiley face asida for children.
Fill a deep pot with 1/2 litre hot water. Add 25g butter and a teaspoon of salt.
Leave on medium heat until the water starts to boil.
Sift the flour then pour it into the pan all at once then remove from heat.
Immediately start to stir the flour into the buttery water.
Press the dough against the side of the pot to remove lumps.
Once the dough is smooth, with the help of the wooden spoon form it into one lump.
Put the pot back on the heat and add another half liter of boiling water.
Use the wooden spoon to form some hollows in the dough. Do not cover and leave to cook on low heat until the water is absorbed. Midway during this process, turn the lump upside down.The dough’s cooking takes about 20 minutes.
Remove from heat. Immediately begin kneading, using a wooden spoon to smooth the asida. If you have a machine that will knead bread dough then it will handle asida fine.
Melt about 75g of butter or samn (ghee).
Brush a wide plate with butter.
Place the asida in the center and begin folding in the edges to form a smooth dome.
Once the edges are folded in, roll the asida to even out any cracks.
Turn upside down and use a buttered ladle to form a hollow in the asida.
Pour the melted butter or ghee around the asida.
Pour honey or date syrup in the hollow. Serve immediately.
The miniature donkeys at the Amelia Rise Donkey farm in Australia are some of the cutest creatures on this earth. They are small, they are happy and they are fuzzy.
Prepare for your blood pressure to be lowered and your day to be brightened:
my “creek ” forming off front steps to porch … is time to build boat and sail to Cuba ? lol
This Month in Photo of the Day: Nature and Weather Photos This beautiful rare butterfly was on a rhododendron bush in my grandfather’s garden, Dartmoor, Devon. (This photo and caption were submitted to My Shot.) ************
Butterfly and Rhododendron
This Month in Photo of the Day: Nature and Weather Photos
This beautiful rare butterfly was on a rhododendron bush in my grandfather’s garden, Dartmoor, Devon.
(This photo and caption were submitted to My Shot.)
Photograph by Paolo Pellegrin
This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Magazine Features
The century-old stone wall of the Malecón, Havana’s famous oceanside esplanade, shields the city—imperfectly—from the battering of roiling seas. On calmer nights people come out to stroll on the street.
by Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky) The sun once glimpsed God’s true nature Thus that radiant sphere With a wonderful God like that Hafiz’s guess is this: Any thought that you are better or less Quickly
Original Language English
And has never been the same.
Constantly pours its energy
Upon this earth
As does He from behind
Why isn’t everyone a screaming drunk?
Than another man
Breaks the wine
– from The Gift: Poems by Hafiz the Great Sufi Master, by Daniel Ladinsky
by Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky)
The sun once glimpsed God’s true nature
Thus that radiant sphere
With a wonderful God like that
Hafiz’s guess is this:
Any thought that you are better or less
English version by Kabir Helminski & Refik Algan Those who became complete Reality is an ocean; the Law is a ship. They might have come to Worship Those who think the Four Books Yunus means “true friend”
Original Language Turkish
didn’t live this life in hypocrisy,
didn’t learn the meaning of things
by reading commentaries.
Many have never left the ship,
never jumped into the sea.
but they stopped at rituals.
They never knew or entered the Inside.
were meant to be talked about,
who have only read explanations
and never entered meaning,
are really in sin.
for one whose journey has begun.
Until we transform our Names,
we haven’t found the Way.
– from The Drop That Became the Sea: Lyric Poems of Yunus Emre, Translated by Kabir Helminski / Translated by Refik Algan
English version by Kabir Helminski & Refik Algan
Those who became complete
Reality is an ocean; the Law is a ship.
They might have come to Worship
Those who think the Four Books
Yunus means “true friend”
The photo above shows Misurina Lake in Veneto, Italy covered with snow and ice. The light conditions this foggy morning lent an ethereal look to the wintry landscape. Snow depths in wooded areas ranged from approximately 15-20 in (38-50 cm); the average thickness of the ice on Misurina Lake was perhaps 12 in (30 cm). Actually, when the ice thickness approaches 24 in (60 cm), polo is occasionally played on the frozen surface. Note the incremental contours that show patterns of ice formation and, in some cases, patterns of ice disturbance. Forest trees include, silver fir (Abies alba), Swiss stone pine (Pinus cembra), larch (Larix deciduas), black pine (Pinus nigra), Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) and Norway spruce (Picea abies). Photo details: Camera Model: Canon EOS 1100D; Lens: EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II; Focal Length: 35mm; Aperture: f/14.0; Exposure Time: 0.0025 s (1/400); ISO equiv: 100; Software: Adobe Photoshop CS6 (Windows). ******************** Step 1 Soak the codfish for 24 hours. Remove the spinal bone and the other fish bones. In a casserole with oil, brown the onion, add a little salt. Step 2 Add crushed anchovies and chopped parsley. Step 3 Cut the codfish into chunks, flour the chunks then sprinkle grated cheese on them. Step 4 Add a little milk to the casserole, keep on low heat, add codfish and cook. Step 5 Add more milk if necessary, season with a little salt and pepper and cook till ready. The casserole with the codfish should never have the lid on because this will make the fish turn dark. There should be abundant oil, low heat, as it should not fry but cook lightly. Do not stir with a ladle as the fish tends to come apart, simply move the casserole in a clockwise direction. more recipes @ original link Academia Barilla
Time ~3 hours and 30 minutes
30 minutes preparation + 3 hours cooking
The photo above shows Misurina Lake in Veneto, Italy covered with snow and ice. The light conditions this foggy morning lent an ethereal look to the wintry landscape. Snow depths in wooded areas ranged from approximately 15-20 in (38-50 cm); the average thickness of the ice on Misurina Lake was perhaps 12 in (30 cm). Actually, when the ice thickness approaches 24 in (60 cm), polo is occasionally played on the frozen surface. Note the incremental contours that show patterns of ice formation and, in some cases, patterns of ice disturbance. Forest trees include, silver fir (Abies alba), Swiss stone pine (Pinus cembra), larch (Larix deciduas), black pine (Pinus nigra), Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) and Norway spruce (Picea abies).
Photo details: Camera Model: Canon EOS 1100D; Lens: EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II; Focal Length: 35mm; Aperture: f/14.0; Exposure Time: 0.0025 s (1/400); ISO equiv: 100; Software: Adobe Photoshop CS6 (Windows).
Soak the codfish for 24 hours. Remove the spinal bone and the other fish bones. In a casserole with oil, brown the onion, add a little salt.
Add crushed anchovies and chopped parsley.
Cut the codfish into chunks, flour the chunks then sprinkle grated cheese on them.
Add a little milk to the casserole, keep on low heat, add codfish and cook.
Add more milk if necessary, season with a little salt and pepper and cook till ready.
The casserole with the codfish should never have the lid on because this will make the fish turn dark. There should be abundant oil, low heat, as it should not fry but cook lightly. Do not stir with a ladle as the fish tends to come apart, simply move the casserole in a clockwise direction.
more recipes @ original link Academia Barilla
self explain (sorry i could not find full length documentary, for some reason it is gone from their website …. hmmm eh
Photograph by Frans Lanting, National Geographic This Month in Photo of the Day: Animal Pictures A young cheetah mother named Etta by researchers scans the Serengeti for signs of danger while her four 12-week-old cubs wrestle. A long-running study has found that the majority of cubs here are raised by a small group of cheetah supermoms.
Photograph by Frans Lanting, National Geographic
This Month in Photo of the Day: Animal Pictures
A young cheetah mother named Etta by researchers scans the Serengeti for signs of danger while her four 12-week-old cubs wrestle. A long-running study has found that the majority of cubs here are raised by a small group of cheetah supermoms.
Let your senses and bodies stretch out
Onto the meadows and shores and hills.
Make a new water-mark on your excitement
Bestow your vital fragrance of happiness
Upon our intimate assembly.
Lie beside an equator
In your heart.
In your thousand other forms
As you mount the hidden tide and travel
Are sitting around a fire
Into the Great Circle inside of
English version by Kabir Helminski & Refik Algan
Original Language Turkish
Ask those who know,
what’s this soul within the flesh?
Reality’s own power.
What blood fills these veins?
Thought is an errand boy,
fear a mine of worries.
These sighs are love’s clothing.
Who is the Khan on the throne?
Give thanks for His unity.
He created when nothing existed.
And since we are actually nothing,
what are all of Solomon’s riches?
Ask Yunus and Taptuk
what the world means to them.
The world won’t last.
What are You? What am I?
To be real on this path you must be humble –
If you look down at others you’ll get pushed down the stairs.
If your heart goes around on high, you fly far from this path.
There’s no use hiding it –
What’s inside always leaks outside.
Even the one with the long white beard, the one who looks so wise –
If he breaks a single heart, why bother going to Mecca?
If he has no compassion, what’s the point?
My heart is the throne of the Beloved,
the Beloved the heart’s destiny:
Whoever breaks another’s heart will find no homecoming
in this world or any other.
The ones who know say very little
while the beasts are always speaking volumes;
One word is enough for one who knows.
If there is any meaning in the holy books, it is this:
Whatever is good for you, grant it to others too –
Whoever comes to this earth migrates back;
Whoever drinks the wine of love
understands what I say –
Yunus, don’t look down at the world in scorn –
Keep your eyes fixed on your Beloved’s face,
then you will not see the bridge
on Judgment Day.
In Italy in early times, the crone aspect of the Goddess was celebrated with the tradition of La Befana, a beneficent strega*. She is one of the three goddesses of fate in Tuscan lore: Rododesa, Marantega, and Befana. On the night of January 6, Befana leaves presents in children’s stockings hung upon the earth. The stockings hung for Befana on the hearth are derived from ancient offerings to the Goddess of Fate and Time. Such goddesses have always been associated with weaving, the loom, the spindle, and distaff (of which stockings are totems). Befana arrives on a flying goat (more modern depictions have her flying broom). This is symbolic of her connection to the plant and animal world, making her a woodland goddess as well as a goddess of annual renewal.
Befana is also connected to ancestral spirits as a mythical ancestress who returns yearly. Through her timeless visits to the hearth, her function is that of reaffirming the bond between the family and their ancestors through an exchange of gifts. The children receive small gifts from La Befana, which in ancient times were representations of ones ancestors, to whom offerings of food were set near the hearth (now milk and cookies for Babbo Natale).
In Tuscany and some other regions still today, Befana appears in street processions as a masked figure guiding a band of postulants who receive offers from families, who, in turn, receive the gift of prosperity from Befana’s blessings.
The hearth, in which fire is burned and the cooking cauldron is hung, symbolizes the elements of fire and water. The water prepared on the eve of the La Befana has a sacred and protective value and is used in critical moments of family life. In Abruzzo it is called “Water of the Boffe”. Fire, in particular, represents a recurring theme of cleansing and renewal. (The Epiphany holiday now also observed on the 6th by the church includes purification rites and blessings with “holy” water).
In Italian folk tradition, an effigy of Befana is constructed of wood, depicting her holding a spindle and distaff. The effigy is stuffed with grapes, dried figs, chestnuts, pears, apples, carobs, sapa, and cotnognata. Later it is broke or sawed open and goodies dispensed to town folk, followed by the burning of the Befana effigy on a pyre. (and so returning the ancestral spirit to their realm the through the symbolism of the ascending fire). The pyre is six to seven meters high and conical. Chopped wood on bottom stack, brambles, horse chestnuts, and finally straw.
Pyromancy is performed by the sparks exploding from the chestnuts as the pyre burns. The burning of the Befana effigy is also designed to return the old life to the new, the decay of winter feeding the soil of spring. The figure of Befana a crone is merely the reflection of her having been aged by winter. Befana is born again, life renewed and she returns as Fana, woodland goddess of spring.
(is very difficult to explain a strega, a strega is translated as witch. witch btw means wise one. strega are just country/rural women who practice the ways and traditions of their specific region, in accordance with the ways of nature. strega do not believe in devil)
La Befana – The Celebration of Epiphany
Catholic Christians usurped the ancient pagan feast. The Epiphany was obviously pagan in origin. Only later was the day associated with the life of Christ.
“Epifania,” the proper Italian word for epiphany. While the Western Christian Church celebrates December 25th,the Eastern Christian Church to this day recognizes January 6 as the celebration of the nativity.
Christmas holidays ending on 6th January,is quite fitting for a gift- giver since the Feast of the Epiphany commemorates the visit of the Magi (or 3 Wise Men)to the infant Jesus,with their gifts of gold,frankincense,and myrrh.The Magi were named Balthazar, Melchior,and Gaspar. According to legend the three men during their journey stopped and asked an old woman for food and shelter. She fed them and let them take rest, but when they invited her to join them on their journey to find the infant, she refused and they continued on their way. A few hours the woman had a change of heart but the Magi were long gone.
Befana bundled up all of the toys she had from her own child who had died in youth. She went out on her own searching for the baby Jesus. Every year since, she bundles her toys and brings gifts to the children in hope of one day finding the infant Jesus.
Tradition depicts La Befana as a kindly old lady with a stereotypical nose with a big red mole on top of it and a pointy chin. Wearing an old coat mended with carefully with colorful patches and tattered shoes,she flies around on a “broom” and carries her black bag filled with sweets and presents for the children. She places her gifts inside the children ’s stockings hung with care,the night before.The buoni ragazzi (good kids)are very happy to find their stocking filled with presents.They have been busy writing letters to La Befana, la buona strega (good witch).But for the children who have not been good,there will not be presents, but a lump of coal (carbone dolce).
On Christmas eve night, after the inception of Catholic church in Italy, Italians practiced the “Feast of Seven Fishes”, a meatless dinner. After dinner, the children would share letters written to parents and family members saying why they were cared for … the children would also throw into the hearth on scraps of paper, notes to Befana asking for gifts and blessings. Taking their hopes up the chimney to Befana.
Now of course is commercialized but there are many parts of Italy that still celebrate La Befana …
Buon Festa della Befana! )O(
A biological research team at Bielefeld University has made a groundbreaking discovery showing that plants can draw an alternative source of energy from other plants. This finding could also have a major impact on the future of bioenergy eventually providing the evidence to show that people draw energy from others in much the same way.
Members of Professor Dr. Olaf Kruse’s biological research team have confirmed for the first time that a plant, the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, not only engages in photosynthesis, but also has an alternative source of energy: it can draw it from other plants. The research findings were released this week in the online journal Nature Communications published by the renowned journal Nature.
Flowers need water and light to grow and people are no different. Our physical bodies are like sponges, soaking up the environment. “This is exactly why there are certain people who feel uncomfortable in specific group settings where there is a mix of energy and emotions,” said psychologist and energy healer Dr. Olivia Bader-Lee.
Plants engage in the photosynthesis of carbon dioxide, water, and light. In a series of experiments, Professor Dr. Olaf Kruse and his team cultivated the microscopically small green alga species Chlamydomonas reinhardtii and observed that when faced with a shortage of energy, these single-cell plants can draw energy from neighbouring vegetable cellulose instead. The alga secretes enzymes (so-called cellulose enzymes) that ‘digest’ the cellulose, breaking it down into smaller sugar components. These are then transported into the cells and transformed into a source of energy: the alga can continue to grow. ‘This is the first time that such a behaviour has been confirmed in a vegetable organism’, says Professor Kruse. ‘That algae can digest cellulose contradicts every previous textbook. To a certain extent, what we are seeing is plants eating plants’. Currently, the scientists are studying whether this mechanism can also be found in other types of alga. Preliminary findings indicate that this is the case.
“When energy studies become more advanced in the coming years, we will eventually see this translated to human beings as well,” stated Bader-Lee. “The human organism is very much like a plant, it draws needed energy to feed emotional states and this can essentially energize cells or cause increases in cortisol and catabolize cells depending on the emotional trigger.”
Bader-Lee suggests that the field of bioenergy is now ever evolving and that studies on the plant and animal world will soon translate and demonstrate what energy metaphysicians have known all along — that humans can heal each other simply through energy transfer just as plants do. “Human can absorb and heal through other humans, animals, and any part of nature. That’s why being around nature is often uplifting and energizing for so many people,” she concluded.
Here are five energy tools to use to clear your space and prevent energy drains while releasing people’s energy:
Stay centered and grounded. If you are centered within your spiritual self (instead of your analyzer or ego) you will sense right away when something has moved into your space. If you are fully grounded, you can easily release other people’s energy and emotions down your grounding cord with your intention.
Be in a state of non-resistance. What we resists sticks. If you feel uncomfortable around a certain person or in a group, don’t go into resistance as a way to protect yourself as this will only keep foreign energy stuck in your space. Move into a state of non-resistance by imagining that your body is clear and translucent like clear glass or water. This way, if someone throws some invalidation at you, it will pass right through you.
Own your personal aura space. We each have an energetic aura surrounding our body. If we don’t own this personal space we are vulnerable to foreign energy entering it. Become aware of your aura boundaries (about an arms length away from your body all the way around, above and below) as a way to own your personal space.
Give yourself an energy cleanse. The color gold has a high vibration which is useful for clearing away foreign energy. Imagine a gold shower nozzle at the top of your aura (a few feet above your head) and turn it on, allowing clear gold energy to flow through your aura and body space and release down your grounding. You will immediately feel cleansed and refreshed.
Call back your energy. When we have our energy in our own space there is less room for other’s energy to enter. But as we focus on other people and projects we sometimes spread our energy around. Create an image of a clear gold sun several feet above your head and let it be a magnet, attracting all of your energy back into it (and purifying it in the gold energy). Then bring it down through the top of your aura and into your body space, releasing your energy back into your personal space.
About the Author
Michael Forrester is a spiritual counselor and is a practicing motivational speaker for corporations in Japan, Canada and the United States.
Photograph by Douglas Croft
This Month in Photo of the Day: 2012 National Geographic Photo Contest Images
This yearling cub was “fishing” with his mom at Brooks Falls, Alaska. Mostly, he was getting in her way. Suddenly he became quite agitated and ran from the water and into a tree right next to the viewing platform where we were standing. It provided the best photo op of our trip.
(This photo and caption were submitted to the 2012 National Geographic Photo Contest.)
This is the day when family and loved ones are remembered with special celebrations. Prayers and food are left on the doorstep, doors are left open and additional chairs are put out. The fireplace hearths are clean and fire lit.
People visit the cemetery taking flowers and candles to the graves of dead relatives and friends, and children find presents ‘brought’ to them by the muorti.
Various Italian traditions express strong attachment to life and to their families, both those who are alive and those who are no longer with them. They create and reinforce links between children and their ancestors. Parents tell their children that if they behave correctly, “i bonarmuzza re muorticieddi” (the good souls of the dead) might bring them presents. 1st of November, children go to bed in the hope to be remembered by dead members of the family while parents prepare the presents and hide them around the house.
The morning search begins as soon as they wake up and after having found them they get ready to go to visit the cemetery. This is not a sad day in any way, it is a day where two worlds meet to celebrate life. As usual, food is a big component of this festivity and traditions vary from town to town, the most common are “pupi i zuccaru”, frutta marturana e “ossa ri muortu”.
It is a celebration related to the deceased and death. It is the time of year during which the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead is more subtle allowing us to get in touch with the dead, death is as much an end as a beginning.
It is the end the season of green and begins the life of the seed. The time of the last harvest, the last fruit, the sweeter and richer that will support us in the long winter. The inner time of the preparation of the dark. The time in which the seeds are staying quiet in the land.
The darkness from where it all begins, the silence from which arise the first vibration, the initial vacuum that must be, before birth can take place.
Death and life, the open door between the dimensions of time and lives.
In this dance of life, the chance to go into the depths of our being. We need to strip ourselves of what is outside, let go of those attachments and aspects of us that do not belong to our essence, to find our center.
Now is the time to prepare for the darkness to come.
Let the light go and embrace the darkness. Do it with joy, because we know that is just another turn of the wheel of the year. This time of year the gates between the worlds are open. We call upon our ancestors, our loved ones because they pass through these gates and join us. We invite you to celebrate with loved ones.
When the frosty kiss of Autumn in the dark
Makes its mark
On the flowers, and the misty morning grieves
Over fallen leaves;
Then my olden garden, where the golden soil
Through the toil
Of a hundred years is mellow, rich, and deep,
Whispers in its sleep.
‘Mid the crumpled beds of marigold and phlox,
Where the box
Borders with its glossy green the ancient walks,
There’s a voice that talks
Of the human hopes that bloomed and withered here
Year by year,–
Dreams of joy, that brightened all the labouring hours,
Fading as the flowers.
Yet the whispered story does not deepen grief;
For the loneliness of sorrow seems to flow
From the Long-Ago,
When I think of other lives that learned, like mine,
And remember that the sadness of the fall
Comes alike to all.
What regrets, what longings for the lost were theirs!
And what prayers
For the silent strength that nerves us to endure
Things we cannot cure!
Pacing up and down the garden where they paced,
I have traced
All their well-worn paths of patience, till I find
Comfort in my mind.
Faint and far away their ancient griefs appear:
Yet how near
Is the tender voice, the careworn, kindly face,
Of the human race!
Let us walk together in the garden, dearest heart,
They who know the sorrows other lives have known
Never walk alone.
1) An individual spider web an order of instinct prevails and find 2) the possible settings how does how and to what extent it is it is interesting for it moves within and beyond us, I will show you if the web were perfectly pre-set, if the web were the row-strung garden web and that
identifies a species:
through all accidents of circumstance,
though possibility is
high along the peripheries of
you can go all
around the fringing attachments
entropy rich, high levels of random,
numerous occasions of accident:
of a web are infinite:
the spider keep
while creating the web
in a particular place?
and by what modes of chemistry
how things work: I will tell you
and because whatever is
moves in weeds
and stars and spider webs
in that love,
each of us knowing it,
I love you,
to winter grasses, darts and hangs with bumblebees
by summer windowsills:
the underlying that takes no image to itself,
cannot be shown or said,
but weaves in and out of moons and bladderweeds,
is all and
because created fully in no
the spider could
a perfect place to set it in: and
if freedom and possibility were without limit,
the web would
lose its special identity:
keeps order at the center
where space is freest (intersecting that the freest
accept the firmest order)
diminishes toward the
allowing at the points of contact
entropy equal to entropy.
1) An individual spider web
an order of instinct prevails
2) the possible settings
how and to what extent
it is interesting
for it moves within and beyond us,
I will show you
if the web were perfectly pre-set,
if the web were
the row-strung garden web
October 9, 2012 by Kushite Prince
As far as Africans are concerned, the Australian Aborigines, Trobian Islanders and Melasesians are all part of the protohistoric African Diaspora. However, what we have is not a mere migration of people to Australia but a wide ‘Black belt’ that circled the tropical, subtropical and temperate zones even before the ‘evolution’ of African migrants to Europe and Asia and the gradual change due to climatic adaptation into Caucasiod and Mongoloid ‘races’.
The Black belt included an area around the globe as far north as Siberia and as far south as Australian and New Zealand. The entire area was peopled by the protohistoric Negroid racial type, which is what most Africans see Aboriginals and other Blacks in Asia and the Pacific as. Why, because there are tribes in Africa who have features identical to the Australian Aborigines, the Trobian Islanders and the Melanesians. Also, there are cultural traits found in Africa that are also found in Australia and Melanesia, India and other places.
For example, the boomerang was a common weapon for hunting small game in Africa about 10,000 to 20,000 years ago.Cave paintings in the Sahara which was wet during that time show hunters with boomerangs as well as bows and arrows. Do the Australian Aborigines use the bow and arrow. If no, then they may have left Africa before its invention.
Another cultural trait is skin scarification. This is common in Africa as well as Melanesia and perhaps Australian as well.
The language spoken by Australian Aborigines have characteristics in the suffix and prefix forms that are identical to African languages [all 200 Australian Aboriginal languages??] particularly the Mende language family, which was once widespread throughout the Sahara and was spread to India by Blacks who migrated to India in protohistoric times.
The Aborigines are related to a number of ethnic groups in Africa. Among them are the Tibbou, who have characteristics identical to Aborigines, others are the Nagas, who are spread from West Africa to Sudan to South Arabia all the way east to Indo China. The Nagas are Blacks of the Negro type.
The point that the Aborigines currently were a part of a much larger and wider group of people spread around the world and are the same as African Negro types is important. It clearly shows that although Aboriginals migrated to Australia about 100,000 years ago were among the very first groups of people to migrate out of the African continent.
However, they also migrated to Europe, the Americas, East Asia and other places during the same period. According to many scientists and anthropologists who have done work on this issue, they were along with other Blacks the first people on this planet and were to be found on every continent. In fact Blacks were also in the Americas as early as 75,000BC according to C.S.Gladwin.
The very first Blacks who went to Europe, went there about the same time Aborigines migrated to Asia, Europe and Australia. These Blacks are called ‘Grimaldi Negroids’. They were homosapians similar to modern humans and they were basically hunters, however their social organization and culture was quite advanced.
Now, over the many years, the Australian Aborigines were called ‘Archaic White’, however from the African perspective, it was the Blacks who moved into Europe and Asia who gradually adapted to the temperature and differentiated to suit the climate. Thus, Whites should be called ‘archaic black’ rather than saying Aborigines are ‘archaic white’ unless they mean that the present day ‘white’ population of Europe once looked like the Black Aborigines…that is a common belief already.
The Blacks from whom the Australian Aborigines most likely came from still live in Africa and the migration of the cousins of the Aborigines did not stop about 60,000 years ago, nor did they migrate only to India, SE Asia and Australia in protohistoric times. There is evidence that a group of Black African people called the ‘Anu’ who lived in northern Africa / Egypt and followed the Bear cult (bout 5000BC and back to protohistoric times, see the book, African Presence in Early Asia, by Ivan Van Sertima, Transaction Publications, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA) they made a series of migrations to Asia. That is documented in ancient Egyptian texts. They were related to Aboriginals and were of a ‘Negro’ type in color, features and origins. Many went to northern Asia and China, others went to Japan.
Well, there are people called ‘Ainu’ in Japan, who seem to have affinities close to Australian Aborigines and Africans and Melanesians. Anu is also a common African name and both the prefix and suffix. Today many are mixed, but a strong ‘Negroid’ racial characteristics can still be seen, although there is also a strong Mongoloid set of features as well. They have been said to have ‘Caucasian’ blood, however some experts believe they are among these Blacks who once lived throughout Eastern Asia, and who later mixed with the Mongoloid to create the Polynesians, some Philipinos and other groups in Asia today. As for the black people of Melanesia, such as the Fijians, New Caledonians and others, they also began settling Asia and the Pacific in protohistoric times back to about 100,000 years ago, most lived in China, SE Asia and the landmass before the Mongoloids began expanding southwards and pushing the Blacks out of Asia. Yet, according to some Fijians (the President of the Fijian community in Los Angeles (California), some of their people were still migrating from Africa about 2000 years before Christ, Whilie Ben Tangghamma, the former Foreign Minister of Papua New Guinea pointed in the book, The Black Untouchables of India, that all the Blacks of Asia have African roots and connections going back to protohistoric times about 100,ooo years ago.Apart from the Blacks who settled in Asia and Australia from prehistoric Africa, there are a number of tribes and nations right here in the U.S. and the Americans such as the Washitaw Nation, the Afro-Darienite, the Choco Region Blacks of Columbia, the Garifuna who are of pre-columbian and prehistoric origins. The Washitaw Nation built the first empire in the Southern U.S. and the Mississippi Valley and once owned the entire Louisiana Purchase Territories, which were annexed. Recently in 1991, the U.S. returned about 70,000 square acres after the Washitaw won in a court battle. The Washitaw Nations was a great civilization of Pyramid and Mound builders who had a maritime civilization and trade with Africa before Columbus.
This article was taken from Raceandhistory.com