European Society, Nubia, Egypt discussed on Black History Year


But it's like, we eat these. But we just boil them. But they got roasted. You know, so it's like you can understand differences and appreciate them, but that does not separate you from each other. You know, I've not had the opportunity to go to the continent yet, but from what I understand, there are these differences, but the commonalities, I think, outweigh them, and that the thing here is we have much, much, much more in common with our folks over there and around the world than we do with European culture, European society, even though we're here and we are sort of we've been raised in it, you know, at the root of it, the core of who we are, I think, is still connected to the continent. I think that if we can step back and think about the ways that modern society contemporary society, we're tending to adapt these western ways. But if you step back a generation or two and think about your interactions with your grandparents, that gets you back more to that natural traditional way of being. So like I said, when I was a student, it was just like me being at my great grandparents. And so the way that I interact with people was just the way that I was brought up because I was raised by my grandmothers. So my interactions were with people were based on the ways that I was taught to interact with people by my grandmother. And so I think that if we can get back to some of those traditional ways and that's reason why when I started talking about my great, I talked about sitting at her feet. Literally, and it's that what's called the intergenerational transmission of knowledge. But that elder ship is very, very important. To our culture and it's important for retaining our culture because it shows young children respect that should be shown to elders, but the elders are transmitting the knowledge of the history of the family of the community to the young people. And I think that that is part of what missing. Young children are not having that exposure to the elders that will allow them to have those types of conversations. The history, I really think that that's the root of it. But I have so many stories about my family, especially people that are now ancestors about their lives as children and growing up, you know, like these similarly fenced in the family, you know, become kind of legend, but it's like I had that and I've had this since I was a kid because I asked those questions. But it also, I think, really gave me that hunger to want to know more about where we came from generally, you know, because I'm getting that where we came from my family, but it's like, how did we get here? For people, and I think that that those are the roots of that for me. It is unfortunate that I think, you know, our community is moving farther away from that, the more we get assimilated into the mainstream society and see less value in sitting at the feet of our elders. So I see history as a tool, our history can be used as a tool to learn and implement things that we may have lost. That may not have been passed down intentionally, you know, in thinking about ancient African civilizations. What comes to mind for you, something that you've learned that we could use as a people today that we may not be as connected to right now? One of the areas that I've been really taken with has been about the queens, especially the queens of Nubia, we know about a few of the reigning queens of Egypt Cleopatra, I think, is overrated. You know, when it comes to the queens of Egypt, hot chefs definitely is the one that you know is striking for me as far as rainy and queens. But it Nubia during the meroitic period. So that was when the capital or the center of the civilization kind of moved further south between the 6 5th and 6th cataracts in Sudan. We have a line of reigning queens and these queens are powerful women. They're written about by the Greeks and the Romans in their history books, strabo talks about a montereys who is a queen. He called the one eyed queen. So at some point, she may have been injured and, you know, something had damaged her eye. But she was noted by struggle because the role was had already come into Egypt and had taken over from Cleopatra and raining. And they had started moving into Nubia and so there was this back and forth between Rome, the Roman Egyptians, and the cushites, which is the name of the kingdom that continues during this period. So we had the napton period, which is the 25th dynasty in those are the kings that rule both Egypt and Nubia that whole period is called the cushy period. So the Romans are trying to expand the border southwards into Nubia. But a minor keeps fighting, so it's like the romas will retake the area then a minor anus will send her troops and then they will retake it and they keep going back and forth to Augustus Caesar is like, look, I'm tired of dealing with this. Can we just have a peace tree have her set of emissary to Rome and we'll decide a peace treaty? Can you imagine that? This African Queen. Takes wrong to the point where they were just like, we'll decide a peace treat. And the thing about these queens is like a minor, they didn't just send a troops into battle. They actually went into battle with their troops. So these are queens that fight. So you see these queens on the sides of the temples. We know that a lot of radius was one that was actively involved. Maybe some of the other ones weren't. But when you see these queens on the sides of the temples, they are big four figured women. So typically in Egypt, you will see the slim type woman or goddess. These women are a full figured healthy. And we've had some egyptologists that want to call them fat. And it's like, no, you call them fat as a way of disparaging them. These women are being portrayed as beloved shoeless. They are beautiful, they are powerful. So you see them, you know, they've got the mace, they've got enemies by the hair, but they're still dressed to the knives, so they're wearing dresses, they're very close. They've got on their jewelry, they're very well attired. So they're size is a sign of fear prosperity, but it's also a show of their beauty, what is seen as beautiful during that time period. So for me, just the image of these powerful women, the fact that they were.

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