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THE SPHINX

“...This race of blacks [Egyptians]...is the very one to which we owe our arts, our sciences and even the use of the spoken word... There [in Egypt] a people now forgotten discovered, while others yet barbarians, the elements of the arts and sciences. A race of men now rejected for their black skin and woolly hair founded on the study of the laws of nature, those civil and religious systems which still govern the universe.” (Count C.F. Volney, esteemed French academician, 1787).

 

A EUROPEAN'S CONVICTION THAT ANCIENT KHEMET (EGYPT) WAS A BLACK AFRIKAN CIVILIZATION

 

‘’When I visited the Sphinx, I could not help thinking the figure of that monster furnished the true solution of the enigma.” ‘Still, enough of the original face remained for Volney to conclude that its stony features “were precisely those of a Negro” and that the ancient Egyptians themselves must have been “real Negroes, of the same species with all the natives of Africa.” As for the modern Egyptians, with their “yellowish dusky complexion” and mulatto” appearance, Volney concluded that “after mixing for so many ages with the Greeks and Romans, they have lost the intensity of their first colour, yet they still retain strong marks of their original conformation” “how are we astonished...when we reflect that to the race of negroes, at present our slaves and the objects of our extreme contempt, we owe our arts, sciences, and even the very use of speech; and when we recollect that, in the midst of those nations who call themselves the friends of liberty and humanity, the most barbarous of slaveries is justified; and that it is even a problem whether the understanding of negroes be of the same species with that of white men”. “The Ruins: or a Survey of the Revolution of Empires...in the pages of ‘The  Ruins’, that Volney firmly concluded that civilization had been first conceived “on the borders of the Upper Nile, among a black race of men. ”If Volney’s observations were accurate, then Western civilization may indeed owe its existence largely to Black Africans...Volney wrote in a time before archaeology and anthropology became proper sciences.”

 

Source: Poe, Richard, Black Spark, White Fire: Did African Explorers Civilize Ancient Europe. Prima Publishing, USA. 1997.  P. 25-26.

Sketch of Sphnix (1798): Vivant Denon, Artist who travelled with Napoleons’ Army to Khemet..

 

ARF EDITORIAL COMMENTS: Volney’s reference on mixed blood and mulattos regarding Greeks and Romans  in Egypt did not include subsequent invasions of Arabs, Turks and Europeans so that  the people of Egypt today have a highly mixed blood and are definitely not the original Ancient Khemetians (Egyptians).

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