Afrika ne Asia

Summary

What is the root of the word Asia?
The root of the term ni is found in the Akan language.
The world cultures was one and the same.
A key concept being the reverence of nature.

ETYMOLOGY of the NAME ASIA

We begin our journey with a question and the question is, what is the root and origin of the term Asia and in what language it is derived? The name Asia is of Akan origin, from the word, εsia, which denotes, meet, or to meet. To understand this, we have to go back to Egypt and the middle east whose first inhabitants were Afrikans.

Afrika, Asia and Europe were all once connected, today these landmasses are only separated by the Suez canal, which is a man-made structure. Egypt served as a tricontinental region, where Afrika, Asia and Europe meet, so the first and early inhabitants named that place εsia, which means to meet, (where the lands meet). A person from Asia will be called Asia-ni. A term truncated to Asian. Asia ano, which is, (the mouth of where the lands meet), also became Asia Minor. 

Afrika seeded the world and Asia is no exception. This certainly, is evident in language with the demonym ni. A person from Pakistan is called Pakistani. The Buddha was known as Sakyamuni, meaning, of the Sakya tribe. The term ni is very prevalent in Asia, which brings us to another question about the etymology of the demonym, “ni”. From which language is the term “ni” from?

The term ni is an Akan term that denotes, a person from, or a person of. It is the short form of the word nipa, which means the good human. The good human from Fula, Fulani. The good human from Papua, Papua-ni. Certainly, a person from Dagestan in Russia is known as Dagestani. A person from Azerbaijan is known as Azerbaijani.  A person from Afghanistan is known as Afghani. A person from Oman is known as Omani. A person from Yemen is called Yemeni. This certainly demonstrates the Afrikan origin of these places and regions,as the term can only be found in the Akan language. A term which is also found in Latin and in the Italian language.

THE WORLD CULTURES WAS ONE and the SAME

The world cultures were one and the same all around the world. This is especially true for all indigenous in the world. One underlying factor in the culture of the world before the colonisation and control of information by Europeans was nature. All indigenous cultures around the world were nature-based and also had elements such as ancestral reverence. This certainly points to a common origin and link among the cultures of the world. This link however was severed after the occupation of much of the world by Europeans. Today much of the world has either become Muslims or Christians. Which begs the question, how did that come to be and for what purpose? 
 
From Afrika to other world cultures in Australia, Asia and the Americas, the reverence of nature was central in all these regions and places. The idea of God, in our Afrikan worldview, is universal energy or conscience. Universal energy or conscience that permeates through all things, both animate and inanimate. The energy that permeates through the sun, moon, land, soil, trees and all things natural. The natural world is a reminder, a physical manifestation of God. From here comes the reverence of the natural world. Nature is king. Nature is supreme, nature is God and we are the totality of all. Destruction of the natural world is the destruction of yourself. After all, our very existence as humans is very dependent on these natural and supernatural entities. 

This certainly transmits into Hinduism, as it is believed that there are millions of gods in Hinduism. Each and every entity in nature is considered to be a deity, every tree, every plant, every animal, were deified and viewed as sacred. Such was also the culture and beliefs of all indigenous people around the world before the advent of Christianity and Islam. Afrikan cultures did not have or build temples, this is because the land was seen as sacred and therefore the land became your temple.  The trees became your sanctuary, the river, your shrine and you do not destroy the natural world around you.

The concept and ownership of land were also the same, in most Afrikan cultures and indigenous cultures. Individuals within societies do not own land. Ownership of the land goes to the family, the extended family and the people in general. The people and the land are seen as one, which has been acquired by those before you (ancestors) and it is the duty of those living today, to cater for the land, for those yet to come (future generations.) Same cultural beliefs, shared by cultures in every part of the world, in Australia, the Americas and Asia. 

The land and everything on the land such as rocks, plants, water bodies are all considered sacred and a part of the people. The land is the spiritual home of the ancestors, and the ancestral spirits are considered to be part of the land. Out of this also, comes ancestral reverence which is also very prevalent in most ancient and indigenous cultures. Afrikan and indigenous cultures were also communal, we lived in communities and our shared values were all communal, the interest of the community comes first before your personal interest.

Before the advent of Buddhism in Japan, the culture of the Japanese people was Shintoism. In Shintoism, elements in nature are deemed to have spirits and therefore have to be respected. This certainly demonstrates the similarities among the cultures found around the world until the advent of both Christianity (Europeanisation) and Islam. One would want to argue that these two religions are means of destroying ancient indigenous based cultures and promoting these two main religions are the sole religions of the world. This is evident, in certain parts of Asia, where indigenous communities are being forced to abandon their indigenous culture and convert to Islam.

The world cultures were one and the same with nature being the underlying factor. These nature-based cultures have been destroyed by the emergence of Islam and Christianity, for the sole purpose of subjugating indigenous nature-based cultures. These ancient and indigenous cultures however are the roots and origins of the world’s religions.

ALL MODERN REHASH OF ANCIENT CULTURES

Hinduism, Buddhism and Shamanism are all modern rehashes of ancient Afrikan and indigenous cultures. In Hinduism like Buddhism, one of the more important aspects is the reverence of snakes, (nagas). The reverence of snakes is very prominent among many cultures of the world and not peculiar to Hinduism. A universal concept and principles found in cultures all around the world. The Maori’s have their snake deity called Taniwha. In west Afrika, among the Fon people, there is, Damballah, a snake deity. The people of the Sky Amazulus have the Inkanyamba, an ancestral dragon-like snake. Serpent deities are also prominent in many indigenous cultures in the Americas. 
The word naga, very much similar to words such as nanka, which is a snake in the Akan language, or nyoka which also denotes snake in the Swahili and isiZulu languages.

"The reverence of animals is not only limited to snakes but extended to all animals"

The reverence of animals is not only limited to snakes but extended to all animals. In Afrikan cultures exists the idea of totems. If your totem is an animal, you do not kill or consume such an animal. You accord your totem a semblance of respect or burial when it is seen dead or dying. The deification of animals is also a very important part of Afrikan cultures.

Image of a chameleon

Abosomakotre, a chameleon. Every natural entity was seen as an embodiment of the Supreme. The name Obᴐsoma (deity) Koterε (reptile) is a testament to the reverence of nature in the culture of Akan and Afrikan cultures. The reverence of nature is prominent and authentic to Afrikan and indigenous cultures.

In all of our actions, there is a price to be paid, whether good or bad, whether right or wrong, there is always a price. A consequence of our actions and inactions. These concepts found in Hinduism like Buddhism like all be traced to the original cultures of the world. These are universal laws and principles first and foremost theorised by the first and original cultures of the world. Everything you do should bring you a favourable outcome.  A continuous and endless cycle of birth and every action or inaction will echo in time and space. Many of the cultures that underpin both Hinduism and Buddhism can be traced to the original cultures of the world.

The consensus is, Buddhism originated in India. This is false. Buddhism did not originate in India as Buddhism like Hinduism is just merely a rehash and branding of ancient Afrikan and indigenous cultures. These very principles that undergird Buddhism are not unique to Buddhism but rather, universal concepts prominent in most Afrikan and many indigenous cultures.

The indigenous cultures of Asia would have been observing these universal principles, and therefore the notion of Buddhism originating in India cannot be true. The very foundation and principles of Buddhism were already in place and observed by the many indigenous cultures of Asia.

KRISHNA

Krishna, The Burnt One, The Dark One

As the name suggests, Krishna in his human form would have been a melanin-rich and dominant individual. Found in his name is the sound or word, “shi” which means to burn or to be burnt. When the sun beat us down, we do not sore. We merely turn darker, which is obri or bi. When you burn (shi) wood, they turn to charcoal, which “gya bi de” or “gya bri”. Bi or obri is the root of the term Bibini, which is a melanin-rich individual or person. Krishna in his human form would have been a melanin-rich individual. Shi, the dark one. The burnt one.

SANSKRIT

Sanskrit is the liturgical language of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. It is one of the more ancient languages in the world, which has a striking resemblance to Latin and Greek.  It is considered the mother of most of the living languages in the world today.  Certainly, like most languages of the world, it is deep-rooted in Afrikan history. 

This is evident, in the similarities found between Sanskrit and the oldest languages in the world, which are Afrikan. Similarities can be found between Sanskrit and Afrikan languages, still spoken to this day. The first-person singular, in Sanskrit, is mi, which is the same in the Akan language, rendered as mε. It is also the same in the Bassa language spoken in central Afrika.

Nagas in Hinduism, are a group of serpent deities. The word naga in Sanskrit denotes snake. This is rendered in the Akan language as nanka, which is a python. It is also cognate to the Zulu and Swahili words for a snake, which is nyoka. In other Afrikan languages such as the Sesotho, it is noga, in the Kikamba language, native to both Tanzania and Kenya, it is known as nzoka, which all means a snake. Just as in Hinduism and Buddhism, the reverence of snakes is prominent in many Afrikan cultures and other indigenous cultures found around the world.

To count in Sanskrit is ganna, which is kan in the Akan language. The alphabets K and G are interchangeable letters. There is no difference between both words, in sound, pronunciation as well as meaning. The word, kan, also becomes the root of the English word count. 
In the language of the Ewe people, daavi, means an elegant young woman. This is rendered as deva, which means a goddess, in Sanskrit. The word Dev, which in Sanskrit means god or divine is also cognate to the Igbo term, ide afa or ide ava, which means a demigod of Afa/Ava. 

Kundalini in Hinduism is the primal energy that is located at the base of the spine, with the meaning, the coiled one. Using both the Ewe and Akan, languages, we delve into the roots of the word Kundalini. Kun in the Akan language means, to be bent or coiled. Da in the Ewe language means a snake. Da in the Akan language also means, dormant, in a sleep state. Kundalini will there mean, a coiled snake using both of these languages. 

Vodou (God/spirit) Veda (relating to God) We have already explored the connection between Asian and Afrikan cultures, this is to further extrapolate on that.  Sanskrit might be an ancient language but does not predate the oldest languages in the world, Afrikan languages. 
The very word Sanskrit has its roots and origins in our Afrikan languages. Sanskrit means perfected or refined, it can also denote, the written language. 

In the language of Akan fo (Akan people), the word Sanskrit is rendered as San Kyere. San in Akan language has multiple meanings, and one of the many meanings is to, re-do, to do again.  Kyere in Akan means to write, and therefore, san kyere means to rewrite, or to revise. The word Sanskrit with the meaning, refined or perfected is derived from the fact, it had to be revised, rewritten, refined. San kyere, (to write again, to revise) corrupted to become Sanskrit. 

In the French language, to write is, ecrire, which also seems to be a corruption of akyere. The pronunciation of the sound “kye” is what is corrupted to be ecrire or krit. Sanskrit is thought to have been developed by a scholar known as Panini, this is a corruption of the word, Payini, which means an elder in Akan language. It was an elder who devised and revised the Sanskrit language. Sanskrit is indeed deeply rooted in our languages.

In Hinduism, prana is a life force. This translates as mana in Kongo cosmology. Veda is knowledge. In Akan fi means maturity, to be matured in words, in deeds or in thought. The letters V and F can be used interchangeably.  In the Ewe language, is Da yeve (wisdom of God.) Da represents a snake, a snake being the symbol of wisdom.  

Bor, means a fort or a military complex in Sanskrit, which is ban in the Akan language, a fort or defence mechanism. Swami, is a spiritual leader, a holy man. In the Swahili language, it is known as msomi, which means, a master. This same word is rendered in Akan language as somni, which means a follower or worshipper of. In the Geez language spoken mostly in Ethiopia, nagari means speech which is also the same in Sanskrit, devanagari. Negus or nagash in the Gee’z language, means, a king. Naga in Sanskrit also denotes a king. In the culture and language of Akan fo, wa or ya is often used as a feminine suffix, similar to both “a” or “aa”. All these can be used when describing the feminine noun. This is also true with the Sanskrit, with “aa” for a feminine and “a” for masculine.

The language of the Vedas, Sanskrit is thought to be the mother of most of the living languages in the world today. The Sanskrit does not precede Afrikan languages and it was Afrikan languages, the oldest languages in the world, that influenced the Sanskrit. Certainly, this is also in line with the narrative of Afrikans being the first and original inhabitants in this region of the world.

SHAMANISM

What is Shamanism, and where did it originate from? To know the origins of it. We first have to know the etymology of the word Shaman. Shamanism, in essence, is not a religion but a cultural practice, a cultural practice prevalent in most indigenous cultures found around the world.

Shamans, it is believed, enter into the supernatural realms and dimensions, the spirit realms to seek solutions to problems affecting the community. This is known as Apaye in the Akan language and culture. Apaye means the divide, the severance. You sever, divide, or break the connection between the physical and the spirit realm. In a more modern sense, this will be “breaking the ice” in order to find a common ground between two people This is our form of prayer in the Akan culture, apaye, which is performed through the means of libation.

The term Shaman is derived from the Akan word saman, which means the eternal world or the ancestral realm. Shamans or okomfo (priests) have to sever the connection between both the physical and spiritual realm in order to seek help, guidance or blessings. Man means nation or community. Nsa means eternal. Those that have left for the afterlife or afterworld, and from here comes the word Shaman and in Akan prayer and ritual (Apaye), we sever the connection between the physical world that we live in and the spiritual realm of those that have left us, to seek help and guidance.

Shamanism is a poor Europeans' misinterpretations and transliteration. Shamanism is not a religion but rather a cultural practice of Afrikans and other indigenous people. This form of divination where priests consult the spiritual realm for help and assistance is prevalent in all Afrikan cultures and many cultures around the world.

A shaman deep in consultation

Shamans enter the spirit realm or the ancestral realm, which is asamando in the Akan language. They conjoin both the physical and spiritual realm to seek guidance or assistance or even praise the spirits of their ancestor. Various forms of this divination exist in all Afrikan and indigenous cultures.

TAOISM (DAOISM), CONFUCIAISM

Daoism, Buddhism and Confucianism are the predominant religions and philosophies. These philosophies and schools of thought certainly share the very same principles found not only in Hinduism but also in Afrikan and indigenous cultures. The world cultures were certainly one and the same. All share the same natural and universal principles such as nature and ancestral reverence, duality, the belief in living harmoniously with the natural world and natural law.

Taoism or Daoism is one of the indigenous cultures of China, which translates as “the way”. The next logical question to ask is, the way of what? And your answer will be, the way of the universe. Everything in the realm of existence is part of a larger collective, which is also part of the much larger collective. All a microcosm of the macrocosm. An effect on one is an effect on all. Destruction on one is destruction on all.

There is a natural order to all this in this physical realm. A deviation and subversion of it will all but undermine your existence. This is how humans are supposed to live in this realm of existence. To live in accordance with natural and universal laws. All life forms, both humans and non-humans are all bound by these universal laws and principles, and a deviation from it all but undermines your existence. Daoism is the way of the universe.

The very principles that underpin Daoism are not unique to Daoism but are universal concepts found in both Afrikan and indigenous cultures. Principles such as cause and effects, reciprocity, balance and many others are all-natural and universal phenomenons. These are some of the many natural laws and principles we must all abide by. These concepts are universal and observed by most cultures around the world, first formulated into organised theories by the first and original people, Afrikans.

"A Higher Level of Attainment"

SIN TO

There is a higher level of attainment we must all strive to achieve in our daily endeavours and this attainment can never fall to the half mark or worse below the halfway mark. Sini to, sin or sini in the Akan language means half. To, which is pronounced as thor, denotes to fall. Sinto, to fall to the halfway mark, and our daily endeavours, our attainments should never fall to the half mark or below it. In Buddhist teaching, this is termed as shentong, which means emptiness. There is a higher level we all must attain, a level which should not fall to the half mark or worse below the half mark, sini to.

Image of yin and yang

ESUM ne HAN (Light and Darkness)

One of the more endearing symbols of Chinese cosmology is the Yin Yang. This is rendered in Akan culture as ℇsum nε Han, which translates as darkness and light. Han represents light, knowledge, a higher state of self. ℇsum represents darkness, ignorance or a lower state of being. The duality of the world and the universe as a whole. Two complementary and contrasting forces. Both will not exist or will be meaningless without the other.

Darkness like ignorance is eternal. Certainly, we are not born knowing, we are born with a clean slate of mind. Children are free from any ism and schism, free from any ideology and dogmas. Children are however susceptible to indoctrination. This certainly translates as ignorance. It is therefore becomes one’s duty to learn. One of the most human traits is to learn. To seek knowledge to advance your course in life and become the greatest version of yourself.

First, it is the duty of a parent to teach their child or children about manners, language, the animals or the environment in which they live. Second, it also becomes the sole duty of an adult with a mind of your own, to gain knowledge of things, to know the nature of things, the secrets of the universe, to become enlightened to grow from the ignorance of childhood.Knowledge represented by light is a higher state of being. Ignorance, which is represented by darkness a lower state of being. A duality. The concept of duality is prominent not in Asian cultures but in all ancient cultures.

Esum ne Han, darkness and light. Darkness is God’s first light. Darkness is sacred in certainly Afrikan cultures but Darkness also represents ignorance, a lower state of self. You, therefore, have to drive out darkness/ignorance with light/knowledge. Ahanfo or Akanfo. The first people, the enlightened people. The use of lights and lanterns is prominent in many Asian cultures, signifying the driving out of ignorance.

A striking balance between this and that. Between good and evil. You cannot be too still, you will break. You cannot be too loose, just a perfect balance between the two. This concept of duality is found not only in these Taoist teachings and philosophies in all Afrikan and indigenous beliefs.

WU WEI

In Chinese philosophy, it translates as, actionless action, effortless action. Wu Wei holds the same concept and connotations in our very languages. Wu in the Akan language means to die. It also denotes, to reduce in intensity, to be blunt (as in a blunt knife). This is when you are at your dying breath, your last breath when you no longer have life or vigour. Wei means finish. Wu Wei, to longer have life or vigour, to pose little or no threat.

You can imagine two warring matured male lions, fighting for domination and territory. One is injured far beyond belief, a devastating blow to the jaw, and broken beyond healing. It will be needless for the victorious lion to exert any force in vanquishing its foe, bones cannot heal. The injury will be too great and nature will take its course. The defeated lion will succumb to its own injury. When this happens, at the point when the lion though not dead but too weak to pose a threat, we will say, gyata no εwu εwie which translates as, the lion is dead finish,  literal meaning but the true meaning, the lion no longer pose a threat, injured beyond healing, and the only outcome for the lion is its inevitable death. Wu Wei, dead finish.

Things heal through with Time. Circumstances change with Time. Nature takes its course and there is nothing any man can do. No one can subvert the very laws of nature. No one can stop time. Wu Wei is about going with the flow, taking a back seat role, observing and letting the circumstance play out, letting nature take its course, letting the events play out instead of exerting any energy or pressure trying to avert or affect events or circumstances. You do nothing but observe and let circumstances play out. Wu Wei, Actionless action, effortless action.