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) Civilization.


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.


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.


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.


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 Egypt/Sudan region.

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 1100 B.C.

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 in Mexico.


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 significant part.

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," website, community.webtv.net/paulnubiaempire)


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 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 day.

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 professional style.

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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Echoes of the Old Darkland -Charles S Finch
Ancient Egypt the Light of the World - [2 vols.] Gerald Massey
Gerald Massey's Lectures - Gerald Massey
African origins of the Major "Western" Religions - Yosef ben-Jochannan
Black man of the Nile and His Family - Yosef ben-Jochannan
African origins of the Major World's Religions - Amon Sakaana [Ed]
Civilisation or Barbarism - Cheikh Anta Diop
African Origins of Civilisation: Myth or Reality? - Cheikh Anta Diop
Pagan Origins of the Christ Myth - John Jackson
Man, God & Civilisation - John Jackson
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World's 16 Crucified Saviours - Kersey Greaves
The Passover Plot - Hugh Schonfield
African Presence in Early Europe - Ivan Van Sertima
African Presence in Early Asia - Runuko Rashidi, Ivan Van Sertima
Egypt Revisited - Ivan Van Sertima
Rituals of Power and Rebellion - Hollis Liverpool
Who is this King of Glory? - Alvin Boyd Kuhn
Forgery in Christianity - Joseph Wheless
The Dark Side of Christian History - Helen Ellerbie
Women's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets - Barbara G Walker
Sex and Race [vol. 1] - J A Rogers
When God was a Woman - Merlin Stone
Gods of the Egyptians - Sir E A Wallis-Budge
From Fetish to God in Ancient Egypt - E A Wallis-Budge
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The Golden Bough [13 vols.] - James Frazer
Black Athena [vol. 1] - Martin Bernal

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