Truth submerged shall rise again: Paul Barton writes on how the Mende people of West Africa influenced the Olmec Civilisation in the Americas.

Author:Barton, Paul
Position:Black History Month
 
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Recent discoveries in the field of linguistics and other methods have shown without a doubt that the Ancient Olmecs of Mexico, known as the Xi People, came originally from West Africa and were of the Mende ethnic stock. According to Clyde A. Winters and other writers, the Mende script was discovered on some of the Ancient Olmec monuments of Mexico and were found to be identical to the very same script used by the Mende people of West Africa.

The flowering of the Olmec Civilisation occurred between 1500 BC and 1000 BC, when over 22 colossal heads of basalt were carved representing the West African Negritic racial type. This flowering continued with the appearance of "Magicians", or Shamanistic Africans who observed and charted the Venus planetary complex.

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These "Magicians" are said to have entered Mexico from West Africa between 800 BC and 600 BC and were speakers of the Mende language as well as writers of the Mende or Bambara script, both of which are still used in parts of West Africa and the Sahara.

These Shamans, who became the priestly class at Monte Alban during the 800s to 600s BC, must have travelled across the Atlantic from West Africa, for it is only in West Africa that the religious and the complex astronomical practices (Venus, the Dogon Sirius observation and the Venus worship of the Afro-Olmecs, the use of the ax in the worship of Shango among the Yoruba of West Africa and the use of the ax in Afro-Olmec worship in Mexico, as well as the prominence of the Thunder God later known as Tlalock among the Aztecs), are the same as those practised by the Afro-Olmec Shamans.

Although the carbon testing date for the presence of the Black Olmecs or Xi People is about 1500 BC, journeys to Mexico and the southern United States may have come from West Africa much earlier, particularly around 5,000 years before Christ. That conclusion is based on the finding of an African native cotton discovered in North America. Its only possible way of arriving where it was found had to have been through human hands.

At that period in West African history, and even before, civilisation was in full bloom in the Western Sahara, in what is today Mauritania. One of Africa's earliest civilisations, the Zingh Empire, existed and may have lived in what was a lake-filled, wet and fertile Sahara, where ships criss-crossed from place to place.

The ancient kingdoms of West Africa which occupied the coastal forest belt from Cameroon to Guinea...

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