A History Of The African-Olmecs
By Paul Barton
February 04, 2002
Over the past year and up to today (February 3, 2002), many great
discoveries have been made that greatly enhances information about the
ancient world, particularly the ancient African world and ancient
African civilizations. Among these discoveries have been the finding
of stone and bone tools and weapons of great artistic sophistication as
well as dimond-pattern etchings of red ochre found in South Africa
dating back to about 70,000 years Before the Present.
About two years ago, in 2000, there was also the excavation of the
Nubian kingdom of Ta-Seti and the finding of sophisticated artefacts,
pottery and glasswork dating back to 8000 years Before Christ, the
discovery of an ancient city off the coast of India is said to have been
built about 10,000 years ago. A few miles off the coast of Cuba, what
is described as an underground set of Ruins has been found and is being
studied by scientists.
In Mexico, archeologists and scientists (see Sitchin,
ancientamerican.com) have found the most ancient calendar from Mexico
dating back to exactly 3113 years B.C. and connected with an African
civilization of ancient Mexico called the Olmec or Xi (Shee)
WHO WERE THE OLMECS
The ancient Olmecs of Mexico and Central America were a facinating
people. Upon the discovery of collosal stone heads in Mexico during the
early part of the twentieth Century, there was no doubt that the facial
features and hair texture (including cornrows) represented in the
collosal Olmec sculpture represented Africoid people.
Yet, for many decades, some archeologists and scientists have described
what is obviously Negroid-featured sculpture as "baby-faced,"
"South-East Asian" "Jaguar-featured," and other terms used to cover-up
their African Negroid identity.
WHY THE DENIAL OF BLACK HISTORY
Some historians and scientists, archeologists and others have for
centuries covered up and made insignificant historical findings that
show an African creation or connection to many of the world's first
civilizations. Such has been the case in Egypt, Mesopotamia, India,
Moorish Spain, Shang and Shia China, and Mexico.
The denial of the contributions to ancient civillizations and the
systematic cover-up was and is based on the maintainance of the myth of
Black/African inferiority which was established in Europe and the
Americas to make slavery acceptable, and established in India by the
infiltrators of the ancient civilization of Harappa and Mohenjo-daro in
order to claim that the ancestors of India's Black Dalits (Untouchables)
had no civilization (see "The Black Untouchables of India," by Y.N. Kly,
V.T. Rajshekar and Runoko Rashidi: Clarity Press, Atlanta, Georgia).
Today, the denial of Black history and achievements to world culture
continues through propaganda techniques such as accusing Black
historians and Afro-centric writers as being "politically correct," if
they refuse to accept the notion developed during the period of
colonialism and slavery, that Blacks have no history.
Yet, the facts when presented seem to have no effect on the
distractors, including those who had to admit they made errors when they
attempted to deny what was and is the obvious and overwhelming evidence
of the creation and contributions to culture and civilization by
Africans/Blacks around the world.
WHO WERE THE AFRICAN-OLMECS
The discovery of an ancient calendar in Mexico connected to the Olmec
civilization and dating back to 3113 years B.C., the date given for the
beginning of an advanced culture in Mexico, has actually shocked many
historians and archeologists. In fact, reports point out that the
Mexican authorities were "embarrassed," by the findinigs because they
placed Olmec civilization as beginning about 1200 years B.C. The
discovery of the calendar pushes the dates back to 3113 years Before
Christ, according to Sitchin ( ancientamerica.com)
The book, "A History of the African-Olmecs," published by 1stbooks
Library, is the most complete and most facinating and intriguing book
ever written on the Black Olmec civilization of ancient Meso-America.
The books lays out the facts concerning the true origins of the Olmecs
in Africa, with migrations from China and other parts of the Old World.
According to studies and research conducted by Clyde Winters, the Olmecs
were Africans from the Mandinka region of West Africa. They used the
Mende script to write and they spoke the Mende language, the same
language spoken by Cinque in the movie 'Amistad'.
The Mende script found on monuments at Monte Alban in Mexico, has been
deciphered and it was found to be identical to the Mende script used in
West Africa. Afterwards, the language was found to be the very same
language spoken by the Mende of West Africa.
THE SIMILARITIES BETWEEN OLMEC RELIGIONS AND WEST AFRICAN RELIGIONS
One of the most important connections made to show that the Olmecs were
West Africans is the very strong similarities in race between the Olmecs
and West Africans and the ancient Nubians. In fact, during a scientific
conference held years ago, West African scientists identified Olmec
artworkd and representations of Africoid peoples as West African.
The Africans also identified cultural traits such as ear plugs,
scarification marks and keloid tatoos on the skin and face, cornrows,
braids and tassels and even afro hairstyle as West African. Moreover,
according to Ivan Van Sertima (African Presene in Early America), giant
heads of stone to represent important people in Africa was being done in
the present era as well as in ancient Egypt and Nubia.
The 22 or more collosal stone heads carved out of solid basalt rock
has identifiable Black African in racial features as well as cultural
traits like cornrow hairstyle, braids with beads and kinky hair as well
as a type of war helmet identified as Nubian have been found carved in
Colosal Olmec sculpture connecting them to West Africa and the
Hundreds of clay and terracota busts, statuettes and figurines also show
Black African racial and cultural traits. For example, scarification
marks and keloid tatoos identical to those worn by West Africans and
Sudanese Africans can be seen on some Olmec busts and terracota heads.
Kinky hair, cornrows, braids are also represented (see African Presence
in Early America, by Ivan Van Sertima; Transaction Publishers.
The Olmec are known as the Xi People, a group that migrated from Africa.
Another group of people who joined the Olmes were the Black Xia of
China. According to historians such as Wayne B. Chandler (African
Presence in Early America), two of China's earliest dynaties, the Shang
and the Shia, were both heavily Black African/Black Oceanic dynasties,
with Mongol Chinese as well. They dominated China about 2800 B.C. to
As early as 2200 B.C., members of the Black Shia began migrating out of
China after they were replaced by the Black Shang Dynasty. The book, "A
History of the African-Olmecs presents many references from Chinese
sources to support the fact of Black civilizations in ancient China.
About 1100 B.C., migrants from northern China predominated by Mongoloids
called Chou, invaded the Chang Kingdom and described the Chang as
"black and oily skinned." During that period many of the Black Chang
migrated to Southern China, Indo-China and the Pacific Islands. Others
went to the Americas, where they met an established Black Mende culture
RELIGIOUS SIMILARITIES BETWEEN THE AFRICAN-OLMECS AND WEST AFRICANS
The African-Olmecs also had religious practices identical to that of
West Africans according to "A History of the African-Olmecs,"
(published by 1stbooks Library, 2959 Vernal Pike, Bloomington, Indiana
47404 U.S.A ww.1stbooks.com ) Olmec religions included the use of
shamen, the recognition of the Venus planet complex, the use of the ax
as a prop in the worship of the Thunder God and the importance of
children in their religion.
In the African religion of Shango, shamen are used. In fact, a
statuette of an Oni or Priest-king of ancient Nigeria falls in line with
the description of the Olmec Shamen given by early American
archeologists in the Olmec region of Mexico.
In the Shango religion of Nigeria, Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba, Brazil and
other parts of African-Americas, the very same religion as practiced by
the Olmecs is still practiced. As for Africa, the Venus complex is
studied by the Ono and Bambara, both accomplished seamen who usd to sail
the once sea-covered Sahara and the Atlantic.
The Dogon of Mali specialize in the study of the Sirius star system and
are experts in their accuracy and charting methods, without any
telecopes. The use of the ax and its connection to the worship of the
Thunder God was also connected to the Olmecs. Both the Olmecs of Mexico
and West Africans practiced religions that included children playing a
There is overwhelming evidence in all areas that the first civilization
in Mexico was influenced tremendously by Africans from West Africa and
Nubia/Egypt. All cultural and racial connections show this importand
and crucial fact.
There is also a connection with the early Black and Mongoloid dynasties
of ancient Shia and Shang Dynasty China, whose prehhistoric origins is
said to be Mesopotamia during the Kushite dynasties and Kushite Sudan.
The statue of an ancient Nigerian Oni or Priest-king dating back
thousands of years shows him holding religious artefacts that have been
found among Olmec priests who are holding identical artefacts in the
very same manner.
A large stone statue of a Negroid character at the San Augustine Culture
site in Colombia, South America, also show the same items in the hands of
the statue (see African Civilizations of America "James Williamson,"
OTHER ANCIENT AFRICANS OF THE AMERICAS
Apart from the Olmecs, a number of other Black cultures and
civilizations have been found to have existed in the Americas before
Columbus and thousands of years before Christ. The book, "A History of
the African-Olmecs," lists them as well as those who personally
excavated, explored or spoke to the remnants of these early American
Blacks of ancient African and Pacific Ocean origins.
The naturalist and author, I. Rafinesque (pp. 121, 186-187, 194,
208-209 lists many such Black nations in his work, "The Black Nations of
America," (Atlantic Journal and Friend Knowledge; Philadelphia
1832/1833; p. 86. Some of these nations include the Washitaw of the
Louisiana Territories who owned millions of acres of land, the Guale and
Jamassee of the South-eastern U.S., the Black Caliornians of California
and the South-western U.S.
A number of pre-Columbian Black nations also come from Latin America.
There are the Afro-Darienite of Panama, the Choco of Columbia who like
other Black Columbians and Black Latin Americans, are the victims of
some of the most putrid forms of racism practiced today, including
India's castism againt Black Untouchables.
THE BLACK WASHITAW OF THE LOUISIANA TERRITORIES
The Black Washitaw of Louisiana were documented by the French and
Spanish to be one of the Black nations who existed in the Mississippi
Valley and the Southern/Midwestern U.S. before the Louisiana Purchase in
1805, in which France sold their lands without their consent, (see the
site http://community.webtv.net/paulnubiaempire ) The book, "A History
of the Affrican-Olmecs," details the feelings of the descendants of the
Black Washitaw Nation, who still live in the Southern U.S. to this very
In retrospect, the book "A History of the African-Olmecs: Black
civilizations of America from Prehistoric Times to the Present Era," is
a treasure to behold. Anyone who is confused about the history of the
United States and the entire Americas before Columbus should read this
facinating book with a large number of references and written in a very
The book, "A History of the African-Olmecs," pub. by 1stBooks Library,
Bloomington, Indiana U.S.A., examines the contributions of Old World
Peoples to the Americas such as Africans, Chinese, Europeans, Middle
Easterners, Africoid Melanesians, Africoid Australians, Japanese,
Polynesians and others. It provides the once hidden facts about the
great contributions made by Africans to the development of culture in
the Americas thousands of years before Columbus.
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