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TREASURES OF AFRICA MUSEUM
, Kenya, KITALE
BACKGROUND TO THE TREASUES OF AFRICA MUSEUM
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BACKGROUND TO THE TREASURES OF AFRICA MUSEUM
The visitor to this corner of Kenya will now have experienced the thrill of seeing a wildlife sanctuary and the animals therein. Similarly, a taste of sleeping amidst the natural African environment and perhaps even a visit to Mt. Elgon National Park andthat of Saiwa Swamp will have rounded things off and left indelible memories.
However, your safari will be incomplete if you do not visit Treasures of Africa Museum in Kitale. The Curator/Founder, Mr. Wilson, in his 50 years of African experience having, beyond question, assembled an unparalleled collection of artefacts pertaining to the continent’s ancient heritage. It happening that the society known as the Karimojong of north-east Uganda whom he spent 30 years among, refused to adopt modern modes until forced to do so at the advent of the dictator Amin in 1971. Mr. Wilson gaining a unique familiarity with their cultural modes which he later collected and preserved in the belief that this was the “last gasp of the African past.”
Later research made by him bringing to light some extraordinary facts that not only confirmed the importance of the cultural heritage they had maintained, but clues to its antiquity which indisputably arose far back in the Ice Age. Then, a finding of world-shaking importance - that the name Karimojong for cultivated land which was amana closely compared to that of Gaelic which was manas.
The important being that mankind had not after all, slumbered at primitive Stone Age levels but had grown food far back in the Ice Age - quite possibly 100,000 years ago. The whole prompting an in-depth into what other possible linguistic echoes that this might include and the following astonishing results emerged…
Ancient Egypt Amanu - God of grainfields in mid-dynastic period
English manure - to cultivate
Finnish mannvijely - cultivated land
Hebrew maanah - a furrow
Bangladesh aman - first rice crop of the year
Tibetan rman - cultivated ground
These words just demolish the long-held belief of archaeologists that Stone Ages prevailed in the past. As simple as that.
At the same time however, they beg the question as to what mankind’s domestic habitat was and unequivocally here, it was that of grass-roofed dwellings such as you may find in many parts of Africa today. The Karimojong word akai describing such a phenomenon to which the Gaelic word dachaidh (“dakai”) meaning “a home” immediately identifies and also that of Tibetan for the same which is khai-krim. Such a connective identity as this never being discovered before and then taken in combination with the echoes of farming foundation, suggests that echoes of a commonly - identifying domestic scene might also repeat in world mention.
Here again of course, new ground is broken as no scholar during the 20th century explored matters in this way before and with further dramatic results. It emerging that the name of the common cooking vessel of the Karimojong which is agulu mirrors that of the ancient Israelites which was gulla and to widen this, the word for a cook in Hebrew was tabbach which then identified in the Karimojong word for a cooking bowl known as atabok. While the same has to repeat in Tibetan word for “kitchen utencils” which is thab-kro.
Resultantly then, what has been brought to light concerning the echoing names of such African artefacts simply sets new standards and surpasses that of any other museum in the world. The comparative study of languages clearly being the key to the matter. That which transcends racial or geographical barriers in, for further example, the Japanese word tsunami - tidal wave in its connection to the Karimojong word anam - a lake or ocean and then the Gaelic example of snamh - to swim.
In essence then, the visitor to this museum is brought face to face with entirely new facts about the world’s past. It no longer being possible to this in terms of Stone Age or, for that matter, “First Civilisations” such as that of ancient Egypt.
Fresh attention has to be paid to the shared foundations of the world legends it would seem. It happening that one of the oldest was the creation of the universe from primordial water and here, the clay-coated headrests of the Karimojong that was divided into two hemispherical sections with parallel lines scored into these, strongly suggest water. The more so when the rear section is of a dark grey pigmentation and the frontal that of light blue. There being no doubt in fact, that these astonishingly enough, have to betoken the only known representation of what the ancient Indians and Babylonians recognised as “the upper celestial ocean of the fresh water and the lower demonic ocean of dark, salty water!”
A truly astonishing discovery connective to this African society and no other that will have to have immense significance to scholars worldwide. No argument about the matter either, when in ancient Creation legends the figure known as meat in ancient Egyptian mention and then that of Tiamat in that of Babylonians emerge. Then, in turn the name Matsa in ancient Indian mention identifying the same thing. The penultimate and astonishing discovery being that the Karimojong name for this ocean-symbolising headdress was etimat!!!!
So, let the visitor be prepared for an ultimate “time-travelling” experience in this museum. One, which sooner or later, has to focus scholarly minds world over, on what Africa preserved of hitherto unknown ancestral human foundations.