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Evidence for black people in russia
But it is undoubtedly a fact that the Colchians are of Egyptian descent. I noticed this myself before I heard anyone else mention it...My own idea on the subject was based first on the fact that they have black skins and woolly hair...and secondly, and more especially, on the fact that the Colchians, the Egyptians and the Ethiopians are the only races which from ancient times have practised circumcision."
Herodotos, The History, II, 104 .
Colchis is modern day Russia, located in now the former Soviet republic of Georgia. It is off the shores of the black sea under the prominent stare of the Caucasus mountains. In other words, it is located in Russia near the Caucus mountains. The strange thing about this subject is that Herodotus, known as the father of history, noted that a tribe of Black people were living in Southern Russia in ancient times, near the Cauasus mountains. Strange right? Well, not entirely. The neat clue in this story is that the group of people were Black with whooly hair. According to Herodotus, the fact that they were Black was becuase they were Egyptians, thus giving away the color of the Egyptians in ancient times, before the many conquests the land had suffered.
How did Black Egyptians get to Southern Russia? According to Herodotis, a conquering pharoah by the name of Senwosret [the Greeks called him Sesostris] conquered most Asia and Asia minor. According to Egyptians priests, interviewed by Herodotus, Sesostris marched through Syria ,Turkey, Colchis, southern Russia, Romania, Bulgaria, and the eastern part of Greece. In Colchis he had left a colony [probably to establish a trade route, becuase of the rich natural resources of that area. Incidently Colchis, years later, became a very prosperous trade port].
"In this way he traversed the whole continent of Asia, whence he passed on into Europe, and made himself master of Synthia [ a white, blonde hair-blue eyed area of people] and of Thrace, beyond which countries I do not think that his army extended its march...Returning to Egypt from Thrace [eastern Greece], he came, on his way, to the banks of the river Phasis. here I cannot say with any certainty what took place. Either he of his own accord detached a body of troops from his main army and left them to colonise the country, or else a certain number of his soldiers, wearied with their long wanderings, deserted, and established themselves on the banks of this stream."
Herodotus, The History, II, 103-104
"I asked some questions both in Colchis and in Egypt, and found that the Colchians remebered the Egyptians more distinctly than the Egyptians remembered them. The Egyptians did, however, say that they thought the original Colchians were men from Sesostris's army."
Herodotus, The History, II, 104.
One may observe that there are no Blacks at all in the Colchis region now. There is nothing but White Russian Georgian people of Southern Russia. Why arent there any Black descendants today? Can the fact that Sesostris left a colony of his army be backed up by evidence? Well, it looks like it can.
Apparently, in 1912, a Russian natualist by the name of V.P. Vradii found a small colony of Black people in the area of Batumi, which is on the southwestern coast of Georgia in Southern Russia. Vraddi noticed that they were quite black in skin color and had very African features, while others were mixed with black and Russian. Vradii published a book about the Black tribe called, Kavkaz. After the publishing of his book, reports of other Black populations around the Black Sea began to flood local media. As other scholars began to travel the land, here in modern times, they too began reporting tribes of Black populations.
"Passing for the first time through the Abkhazian community of Abzhiubzha... I was struck by the purely tropical landscape: Against the background of a bright green primeval jungle there stood huts and sheds built of wood and covered with reeds; curly-headed Negro children played on the ground and a Negro woman passed by grandly carrying a bundle on her head. Black-skinned people wearing white clothes in the bright sun resembled a picture of some African scene."
Allison Blakely, Russia and the Negro: Blacks in history and Thought, Howard University Press, Washington, DC, 1986, p.78.
There are more account of Black Colchians. In 522-443, a Greek poet named Pindar described the Colchians, whom Jason and the Argonauts fought, as being "dark skinned". Then around 350 to 400 AD, ChurThere are more account of Black Colchians. In 522-443, a Greek poet named Pindar described the Colchians, whom Jason and the Argonauts fought, as being "dark skinned". Then around 350 to 400 AD, Church father St. Jerome and Sophronius refered to Colchis as the "second Ethiopia" because of its black population.
[ This information taken from: Patrick T. English, Cushites, Colchians, and Khazars, Journal of Near Eastern Studies, vol 18, Jaunuary - October 1959, p. 53. ]
Moreover, a black Colchian writer, historian, and ethnographer, Dmitri Gulia (1874-1960) asserted that his peoples heritage stemed from Sesostris. He published a book called, History of Abkhazia, which shows that the black Colchian people of Southern Russia were really an Abyssinaian people of Egypt. he proves this by putting together a vast array of Abkhazian words that matched that of ancient Egypts. He also chronicles "family names, names of rivers and mountains, anems of pre-Christian deities, and much more." (Poe, 58)
ch father St. Jerome and Sophronius refered to Colchis as the "second Ethiopia" because of its black population.
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to conquer the Golden Fleece. It is the birthplace of queen Medea
place, who became Jason's wife.
In his Histories, II, 103-105
suggests that Colchis was conquered by an Egyptian Pharao named
Sesostris (either Sesostris I or Sesostris III, of the XIIth dynasty,
who lived in the XIXth century B. C.) and that the people of Colchis
were the descendants of Egyptians who stayed there at the time, but
modern history has no knowledge of such an expedition by any Egyptian
pharao, though black communities are known to have existed in the
over from Asia
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ection:Greco-Roman> and defeated the Scythians
ollection:Greco-Roman> and Thracians
ollection:Greco-Roman>. Thus far and no farther, I think, the
Egyptian army went; for the pillars can be seen standing in their
country, but in none beyond it.  From there, he turned around and
went back home; and when he came to the Phasis
ection:Greco-Roman> river, that King, Sesostris
ollection:Greco-Roman>, may have detached some part of his army and
left it there to live in the country (for I cannot speak with exact
knowledge), or it may be that some of his soldiers grew weary of his
wanderings, and stayed by the Phasis
CIII. He marched over the country doing this until he had crossed
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