A long and illustrious history connects Africa and the Indian sub-continent. Due to the moonson currents of the Ethiopian-Indian seas, Africans have been visiting the Indian continent since the dawn of time.
African impact on India is found in artefacts, ancient texts, genetic foot-prints, physical resemblance amongst populations, cultural and linguistic similarities, gastronomic affinities, and a common world view.
It is generally agreed today by scientists and historians that an early migration of African population first settled the coastal areas of south India, then spread gradually inland to acclamatize, naturalize and build the great civilizations of Harrappan, Mohend-jaro, and other great cultures that sprang up and flowered along the sub-continent.
In the time of the classical Afro-Persians (Elamo-Persians), before the rise of the present day Turkish-Farsis, the Kings of the Empire governed Africa and India as one land. They were indeed different provinces in one country.
According to the Book of Esther Chapter 1, “…in the days of King Ahasuerus, the span of the Persian Empire spread from India to Ethiopia, over an hundred and seven and twenty provinces..” See King James Version Bible Old Testament.
Black Gods of India
That India is a black continent is not news to anyone. Black like Lord Krishna.
Lord Krishna (the hero of the Mahabharata and Gita, viewed as divine by many Hindus) is described as one of those aboriginal black skinned Indian. Analysis of his adventures and provenance points to a line of descent rising from the tribal Indians whose African lineage is still very much evident even today. In fact, the word Krishna still means BLACK in Sanskrit.
Lord Rama, the hero of the Ramayana epic, is unequivocally and particularly described as a dark skinned Indian. He is not a brahmin. He is of the aboriginal tribal Indian extraction, more African than Asian.
In the Ramayana epic, Lord Rama fights and kills the evil king Ravana, who is a brahmin, and is not singled out for description as dark. (This point is distorted by some racist indians, possibly influenced by British color prejudices).
The goddess Kali, revered by many Hindus, is also described as a black skinned mother of human-kind. She is a black Indian of the Kushitic extraction. She remains, the aboriginal tribal goddess of the sub-continent. And, Lord Shiva, her consort and the eternal lord of India is a dreadlocked black skin god of African extraction.
One can clearly see that in the Indian sub-continent, there has historically been some association between godhood, the black color, and the aboriginal features of the tribal Indians.
Alexander the Greek goes to India
When Alexander the Greek took the klan to India, it was only too late in the day relative to the history of human cultural interaction.
The sorority of the southern families, the Muurish nations of this world, have had an ongoing cultural and biological bond for hundreds of thousands of years. There was complete harmony and seamless symmetry amongst the nations of Africans and Asians who inhabited the Indian sub-continent. This was confirmed by the classical Greek writers who came, saw and marvelled at the achivement of human antiquity.
According to Strabo: “I assert that the ancient Greeks, in the same way as they classed all the northern nations with which they were familiar as Scythians, etc., so, I affirm, they designated as Ethiopia the whole of the southern countries toward the ocean.”
Strabo: “if the moderns have confined the appellation Ethiopians to those only who dwell near Egypt, this must not be allowed to interfere with the meaning of the ancients.”
Another Greek writer Ephorus declared: “The Ethiopians were considered as occupying all the south coasts of both Asia and Africa,” and adds that “this is an ancient opinion of the of the Greeks.”
Herodotus stated that: The sexual intercourse of all these Indians of whom I have spoken is open like that of cattle, and they have all one colour of skin, resembling that of the Ethiopians:moreover the seed which they emit is not white like that of other races, but black like their skin;and the Ethiopians also are similar in this respect. These tribes of Indians dwell further off than the Persian power extends, and towards the South Wind, and they never became subjects of Dareios.”
Moreover, Herodotus wrote in his celebrated History that both the Western Ethiopians, who lived in Africa, and the Eastern Ethiopians who dwelled in India, were black in complexion, but that the Africans had curly hair, while the Indians were straight-haired.
Herodotus also alluded to regiments of Indian troopers and Indian elephant handlers that he had seen on the North African coast during one of his visits to that land.
It was an old drunken English Judge serving in the Indian colonial service who noticed the similarites between Hindu words, Sanskrit words and some words in English language and German. Voila! the Aryan language school was magically constructed, by an unqualified amateur, based on casually and tenuously founded premises.
It was however at the height of western supremacy. Any imagined garbage theory could become orthodoxy as long as it serves the aim of pale/white-man supremacy.
So overnight, ten thousand years of intimate cultural connection between Africa and India, was subsumed by a false non-existent Indo-Aryan theory of cultural relationship.
There are no texts in ancient times that point to Europe from India. No-one has been able to discover anything like a proto-indo-aryan language indicating that the hypothesis itself is simply just an empty theory. Many Indian texts speak glowingly about Cush Dwipa (Africa). Indians have known Habbashis, Arapis, Zengis sailors and tradesmen since the beginning of time. Ancient African communities deeply rooted in India exist even unto this day. Many Greeks testified to Africa’s linkage with ancient India.
The Old testament described the old governmental structures of the so-called Africa-Middle East-Indian continent.
All must keep history in perspective. Otherwise the pettiness of today, the little hatreds of today emanating from colonial divide-and-rule confusion tactis, will keep tearing down… the children of the elephants, the blessed peoples of Dwipa Kush (Africa/Arabia) and Hindu Kush (India/Pakistan), keeping them away from their true legacy and their real potentiality.
November 08, 2009
11 thoughts on “Afro-India: Some Historical Links Between Africa and India – Jide Uwechia”
Ravana was one of the greatest ruler and scholar of all times in Indian subcontinent. He was pure Black origin dravidian. He did severely hard worship of Lord Shiva and attained great powers. He was equivalent to ten scholars and hence called ten headed. He was killed by deceit. He was Black Brahmin. He authored book on Indian astrology and contributed a lot to Hindu religion.
False. Ravan was a son of a brahmin and his mother was from Meerut(North India). He was not Dark skinned. Not a single time its mentioned.
Peace. I appreciate this article. Thank you for your research.
Great Article. India n Africa are very close. But in addition few more submissions,
Aryan Invasion is a myth. Genetically India has 4 distinct gene pools. That have mixed for 8 plus millenia. India was settled by first wave of humans and by 50k yrs It was inhabited. A lot went towards australia. A lot of them died during a grand Volcano. Later waves entered India with last one entering around last Ice age 10k yrs ago.
Vedic culture (race n culture r separate) developed during saraswati was flowing.
And still continues. All the later mixings of genes was bilateral coz India was a commercial hub.
Last wave of Indians had R1a z93. Which is not Found in Europe.
So whatever link Europe n India had was indirect and predated last ice age.
But just as culturally India has influenced world genetically 90ka it all began from Africa.
On Caste system..It is a modern construct that has nothing to do with skin color. A lot of dark skinned have been tagged higher n vice versa. It was work based but in last millenia became birth based. There r numerous examples in Shastras that it wasnt birth based. And Jaats r not dark skinned as assumed in one comment.