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African Naming Practices

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Very Ancient Africans' strongly believed the positions and integration of celestial bodies had such an influence on the course of natural earthly occurrences; on human affairs; and on the names of people (and things) as to cause them to study the stars and planets. Out of this study to learn the Laws of Nature Very Ancient African priest-astronomers invented astromathematics, a by-product of which were such concepts as Ma'at (Love in action) and an awareness of coming into being of innumerable things on multiple planes of existence, including those in the Supernatural World (located between the one high God and man). It was from this world that practically all African names derived--and one could not exist without a name. These names served to link the newborn to his/her ancestry and spiritual path.

Whether characterized as a blessing or as a curse, a given name could never be a product of chance. Rather, a person’s name was a reflection of his/her Soul. Thus, it was extre mely important to have just the “right” name because it referred to his/her total identity and would endow its receiver with some sort of magic–perhaps to have a magical effect upon some other person(s); or the power to control or influence those supernatural forces believed to direct natural events; or to control, influence, or compel spirits to do the person’s bidding; or to protect the person from harm; or to soothe angry spirits.

In other words, such presumed powers conferred an atmosphere of magic over the object so labeled (e.g. a newborn’s name). Hence naming was a creative act that gave structure to ones personal development. For Ancient Africans, human names were something living and carried from God the power of continuing existence-- a concept that found its way into the Bible (Isa. 66:22, 30, 27).

Ones name set boundaries around what was designated and thus segregating and spotlighting one individual from all other things--a concept when proper developed was important for a healthy selfesteem and one Mission in life. In this sense a given "name" became a symbol of differentiation of qualities or the differences by which each quality became distinguishable from other qualities. By contrast, to Ancient Egyptians the effacing of a man’s name from his tomb destroyed his continued existence in the next world.

Countless creative measures were devised to avoid revealing ones true names to others. In order to gain access to African power, the ancient Greeks and Romans dedicated themselves to discovering the secrets contained in African names. However, they could not penetrate the African Allegory practices (a subtle abstract meaning inside an obvious concrete meaning). As a result, they got information about Africa all wrong and thus built up fictitious Indo-European Aryan and "Semitic Peoples" stories around this misinformation.

Meanwhile, all Europeans had an obsession for renaming all that was of African creation. This accounts for many names for the same place and the same name for different places. For example, although the indigenous Africans of the White and Blue Nile Valley and elsewhere had many names for it--e.g. Ta-Merry, Tety-Mery, Lower Ethiopi, and Kimit (land of Black People)--the Greeks renamed it Egypt. Ref: Bailey, Word Stories Originated by Ancient Africans.

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