After finding out about who the children of Ysrayl were in 2010, I remember one of the first few books I read was called Hebrewisms of West Africa. This book focused more so on the Ashanti tribe of Ghana but the author Joseph J. Williams, S.J. also looked at other tribes such as the Yoruba. I watched this YouTube video a while back, then I watched it again around November 2012. An elder in the video pointed out that just about all the names in Africa are Hebrew names. He said virtually every place in Africa has a Hebrew name inferring not just West Africa. So I thought, let me try to write down what he is saying before this video disappears. He had some interesting information. So I took notes on the video the best that I could. In some places the camera person did not focus on the text very long but I wrote all that I could.
So the elder said that these are possible routes that the Israylites took into Africa: From Yemena–>Djamena–>Gemena–> Kinshasa (Congo) and up into West Africa. They entered East Africa via Dar Se Salam (Tanzania). He said the kingdoms that received the Israylites were Kuba (sounds like Cuba doesn’t it?) and Lud. He said as the Hebrews moved into Africa, they took their names with them.
Maaca (Maachahites) Joshua 13:13
Medina or Yahrib or Jarib 1 Chronicles 4:24
Yemenena, Yemin, Yemena, Imna, Ymna or Yemen today 1 Chronicles 7:35
SUDAN: So-Yuda, Soudan, Sudan means SuYudah or the land of Judah, the land of Yahudah
Gaza, Gazal, Gazza is Ayyah 1 Chronicles 7:28
Tappouah, Tahoua Joshua 15:34, Joshua 16:8, Joshua 17:7-8
He mentions Difa, Diphat, Riyphath as being the same name.
T’CHAD: NDjamena, Yamina, Yamin, Jamin Genesis 46:10
Massenya, Marsena Esther 1:14
Guera, Gera Genesis 46:21, 1 Chronicles 8:3, Judges 3:15
Salamat, Sala, Salma, Salmon 1 Chronicles 2:51, Ruth 4:21
SENEGAL: Dakar, Ben-Deqer, son of Deker 1 Kings 4:9
Wade or Ohad Genesis 46:10, Exodus 6:15
Jachan, Yachan 1 Chronicles 5:13
COTE D’IVOIRE: Abidjan (capital) or Abiyah 1 Chronicles 24:10, 2 Chronicles 12:15
Akan, Achan Joshua 7:1
GHANA: Accra, Akhrakh, Akarah, Aharah 1 Chronicles 8:1
TOGO: Lome (capital), Lemouel, Lomoel, sorry I could not read the Scripture. I seen an Israylite named LochemYah…similar.
Nuatja, Noadiyah, Noadiah Ezra 8:33, Nehemiyah 6:14
NIGERIA: Aja, Ai, Ayah Joshua 7:2
Abouja, Abiyah 2 Chronicles 13:1
Yorouba, Yeroubal, Jerubbaal Judges 9:5
Yibo, Ibo, Igbo, Jebus or Iebus Judges 19:10
Habacha (?) sorry didn’t get the Scripture…I think I found it…Hashabiah, Hashabiyah Nehemiyah 12:21
CAMEROON: or Camerun: Yaounde (capital), Jehudi Yahudi Yeremiyah 36:14-23
Bamileket, Hammoleketh 1 chronicles 7:18
Basa, Basha, Baasha 1 Kings 15:16
Duala Mangabel or Judah Makabe, or Yahudah Maccabees
GABON: or Gabaon, Gibeon Joshua 18:25
Teke, Ben Tekoa Yeremiyah 6:1 from the tribe of Benyamin
CONGO: Kinshasa, Kuschaja, Kushaiah, Kuschayah 1 Chronicles 15:17
Meliku, Meremoth, Maluk, Meraioth Nehemiyah 10:5, Nehemiyah 12:3, 15
Nsele, Tseleu, Naharai 2 Samuel 23:37
Matete, Matthithiah, Mattithyah 1 Chronicles 9:31 Nehemiyah 8:4
Selembao, Selemia, Chelemia, Shelemiyah Yeremiyah 36:26, Ezra 10:39-41, Nehemiyah 3:30
Gabaiu, Ngaba, Gabbai Nehemiyah 11:8
Benunu, Beninu Nehemiyah 10:13
Mushie, Mushi Exodus 6:19, 1 Chronicles 24:26
Tshela, Zelah 2 Samuel 21:14, Joshua 18:28
Luozl, Lweziyel, Luz Joshua 18:13, Judges 1:23
M’Bandaka, Manakhat, Manahath 1 Chronicles 8:6
Ituri, Ituree, Iboryah, Jetur 1 Chronicles 5:19
Kindu, Kindon, Chidon 1 Chronicles 13:9, 2 Samuel 6:6
Baraka, Barak, Berachah, Baruch 1 Chronicles 12:3
Rega, Regau, Rohgah 1 Chronicles 7:34
Bashi or Mushi, Mouchi, Merira Exodus 6:19, Numbers 3:20
Kabasile, Kabseelu, Kabzeel, Qabazeel 1 Chronicles 11:22, 2 Samuel 23:20
The elder seemed to focus heavily on the Congo, eh.
UGANDA: Ouganda means all goodness. Also spelled Gudgodah, Hgidgad, Hor-guidgd, Goudganda, Hagidgad Numbers 33:32, Deuteronomy 10:6-7
RWANDA: or Rwandau, Yoadda, Jehoaddah 1 Chronicles 8:36
Kilgali, Gigal Joshua 4:19, Nehemiyah 12:29
Hutu, Humth, Humta Joshua 15:54
TANZANIA: or Jaazania, Ya’azanyah means may Yah hear. Ya’azaniyah was a military leader under Gedaliyah, 2 Kings 25:23. Another Ya’azaniyah found in Yeremiyah 35:3 and Yeremiyah 40:8
Harucha, Harcha Ezra 2:52, Nehemiyah 7:54
Tabora, Tabor Joshua 19:22, Judges 4:12
BOTSWANA: Tsaanan, the elder said Tsa’anan means pointed and was a town in the low country of Judah. Also spelled Zaanan or Zenan which footnote in Micah says means going out. Micah 1:11
HAITI: I think the elder jumped to the Caribbean here. Athlai, Alath Ezra:10:28
Just a few examples says the speaker. He said just about all the names in Africa are Hebrew names, virtually every place in Africa has a Hebrew name.
Kenaan, Kenite means black says the elder Judges 1:16, 1 Chronicles 2:56, Joshua 14:14
Lemba means zionist he said. I saw this on wikipedia about the Lemba: Also spelled Chilemba, a ‘bantu’ word meaning non-African or respected foreigner.
Here are some others that Yah allowed me to see: Foya, Liberia where the Kissi-speaking tribes of Liberia live. Kissi, Kissy or Kizzy is short for Keziyah, spelled Keshiah in Scripture, Job 42:14. The name Foya, Foyah looks interesting too. The Kissi also live in Guinea and Sierra Leone . The Kissi people grow rice as a staple food. The slave masters of South Carolina made it a point to seek after the Israylites that were experts in rice-growing…$. I wondered how they found about these Israylites when I read that, through the Arabs they found out.
The Tutsi of Rwanda say they are the descendants of the Israylites too.
Kumasi, Ghana where most of the Ashanti live. Ashan 1 Chronicles 4:32 (Simeon), Joshua 15:42 (Judah), 1 Chronicles 6:59 (Levite dwelling place). The cities of Ashan were Levite cities. Ashan means smoke city and ‘ti’ means the people of or Ashanti the people of smoke city. It was probably named because of all that incense that was going up to Yah by the Levites. Kumasi means the tree lived. Kumawi means the tree died. So they built the city where the tree lived. This is where they say the name came but the exact meaning may not be correct or lost translation. Kum is noted to be Hebrew and means to come as in Kumbayah, come by Yah. Kum (kome p. 197) is mentioned in the book Africanisms in the Gullah Dialect by Dr. Lorenzo D. Turner. Kumbayah was noted to be sung by the slaves of the South Carolina and Georgia or the ‘Geechie-Gullah’ people.
Mali: There was a Levite priest named Mahli 1 Chronicles 23:21,23, 1 Chronicles 24:26. I noticed girls are being named Mali: Maaliyah, Malia, Maliyah. The Fulani of Mali are Israylites.
Kenya: means yes Yah and Libya means my heart belongs to Yah according to the teachers of Israelite Heritage.
Sierra Leone: I wondered if the Timnah Serah is connected to Sierra? This is where Joshua lived (his inheritance). Joshua 19:50
Angola: It said by some Historians within the South Carolina area that the word ‘Gullah’ came from gola of Angola. I heard this many times because I am from South Carolina. The following information came from Athaliyah of Israelite Heritage: 1) Gullah, strong’s number H1543: ‘a fountain, bowl or globe (all as round):- a bowl, pommel, spring’. 2) Galah, strong’s number H1540: this is a primitive root word from which other related words can be made and it means: to denude (esp. in a disgraceful sense); by implication to exile (captives being usually stripped); figuratively to reveal: advertise, appear, bewray, bring (carry, lead, go) captive (into captivity), depart, disclose, discover, exile, be gone, open, x plainly, publish, remove, reveal, x shamelessly, shew, x surely, tell, uncover.
Another school of thought: Some people think Gullah came from the Gola people of Liberia.
Ethiopia: Falasha means stranger.
*I may come back to add things here or to make corrections if needed so check this post ever so often to see if I have updated it.
Maccabees=Maqabayah or Macqabiyah and means the hammer of Yah. The word of Yah is described as a hammer in Yeremiyah 23:29.
Somalia: A tribe that lives in Somalia are called Yibir or Yeber. Yibir means ‘Hebrew’. Also spelled Ibri or Ibrim.
Zimbabwe/South Africa area: the Lemba
Free Town is the capital and largest city of Sierra Leone. The city of Free Town was founded in 1792 as a land for freed ‘African-American’ slaves led by former slave named Thomas Peters and by Nova Scotian abolitionist John Clarkson who had fought on the British side during the American Revolutionary War. The settlers called their new settlement Free Town as a land for freed slaves. Around 500 freed Jamaican slaves made the journey to Free Town in 1800 through the Sierra Leone Company. During the next decades, thousands of freed African-Americans, West Indian and Liberated Africans came to Free Town as settlers through the Sierra Leone Company. Their descendants are known today as the Sierra Leone Creole people. Sierra Leone is located on what was once called the rice coast of West Africa. It is bordered by Guinea to the north and east and Liberia to the south. The name Sierra Leone it says derives from Sierra Lyoa or Lion Mountains given to the land in 1462 by the Portuguese explorer Pedro Da Cinta when he observed its wild and forbidding hills.
Nigerians refer to their country as Naija and call themselves Naijans. It is pronounced Nai-Yah. Nigerians also have a phrase saying ‘eh Yah’ which means what a pity or how touching or sorry. I’m sure by looking at Yah there in the phrase that they have no remembrance of it’s true meaning. My grandmother tells me that the Gullah women that come to her shop they say this phrase ‘deh Yah’. When she asks the women how are you today? The Gullah women respond by saying I’m ‘dey Yah’. Dey Yah means I’m still here but I think it’s original meaning is something like, I’m still here because of Yah. Gullah people also say ‘Bin Yah’ and ‘Come Yah’.
The Sahara Desert was originally called the Zahara Desert. Zahara is a Hebrew word meaning bright or flowering and other sources says that it is Hebrew for Sarah (Zahara,Zahari, Zahariyah or Zarra) meaning princess, Abraham’s wife. Here’s an 1808 map of Africa with Zahara written on the desert.
Just click on the image to enlarge it.
The country of Liberia was founded in 1821 by former slaves from the United States as a result of the end of the ‘formal’ transatlantic slave trade and the efforts of the American Colonization Society (ACS). The ACS was established in 1816 to sponsor the settlement of ‘free persons of color in the United States’ to be brought back to Africa. A good book to read about the Israylites in Liberia is The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood by Helene Cooper.
Lake Victoria: A few months ago, I was watching CNN Africa or Inside Africa. I noticed the locals in Uganda did not refer to this lake by Victoria. They called it Nyaza (Nyahza). I read Nyahza is a ‘Bantu’ word. I have also seen it spelled Nyanza. Three countries surround lake Nyahza: Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. The Kagera River flows into the lake. Two Rivers flow from the lake: The White Nile at Jinja, Uganda on the north side and the Katonga River at Lukaya, Uganda on the western side. There are people that want to rename the lake, Lake Jumuiya. Jumuiya is a Swahili word for unity, integration, harmony and brotherhood. I noticed whenever they want to hide the orgins of a Hebrew word, they say it is Swahili or Bantu.
Burkina Faso: Burkina Faso was once named The Republic of Upper Volta I assume after the Volta River. The name was changed in 1984. Burkina Faso means land of Incorruptible people. That sounds like scripture doesen’t it? 1 Corinthians 9:25, everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown but we for an incorruptible crown. Here are some interesting names of cities and provinces in Burkina Faso: Kaya, Yako, Ben in the province of Yagha and Ouahigouya in the province of Yatenga. The first president of Burkina Faso was named Maurice Yameogo. I thought his last name looks interesting.
Zinzi: About 3 weeks ago, I was watching this television show I think on the Discovery Chanel about feral children around the world. This particular episode was about an abused boy that ran into the jungle and was raised by monkeys. It happened in a village named Zinzi in the country of Uganda. When I heard the name of the village, it immediately caught my attention. I googled to learn more about this village but could not find very much information on it expect about the feral boy. Interestingly, I read that Zinzi is a Bantu word then I read it is a Xhosa (South African) word yet it seems to be all over Africa from Uganda, South Africa to Ghana. I read that in South Africa Zinzi is the nickname for the word Zinziswa. Zinziswa (also spelled Ukwenziswa) means to do, stable or to stabilize. Zinzi is a very popular name in Africa. There is a restaurant named Zinzi in South Africa. One of Nelson Mandela’s daughters is named Zinziswa and Zinzi is her nickname. I also read that in Ghana there is a fashion house called Zinzi and many girls in Ghana are named Zinzi. I wonder if this word Zinzi is really “Bantu” or “Xhosa”? Could it be Hebrew?
Ghana: Have you ever heard of a woman named Yaa Asantewaa? You see Yah in her name. Asantewaa sounds similar to Zinziswa, doesn’t it? Here is her photo.
In 1900 she led the Ashanti rebellion known as the war of the golden stool (or sometimes called Ashanti Uprising or the Yaa Ashantewaa war) against British colonialism. She ruled under the authority of her brother Nana Akwasi Afrane Okpese and after he died she ruled under the authority of her grandson.
On January 1, 1902 the British defeated the Asante empire. Yaa Ashantewaa died in exile in the Seychelles on October 17, 1921. Ghana became independent of Britain’s rule on March 6, 1957 but not before taking much of the Ashanti gold. Ghana is not called the gold coast for nothing. Yah says our gold and silver will be returned to us.
The Mali flag use to have this stick figure on it. The stick figure looks like it is praising Yah doesn’t it? With his arms raised and spread toward the heavens in worship. \O/ HalleluYah. Muslims in the country of Mali opposed the flag and were downright indignant about it. Now only the 3 stripes remain.
Benin: Did you know that Israelites have the highest twining rate in the world? Benin has the highest twining rate in the world with 27.9 twins per 1,000 births. The highest twin rate is tied to the Yoruba ethnic group which can be found in Nigeria and Togo as well as Benin. Years ago, I read that many Yoruba descendants have been traced in Cuba. The article link below also states that many Afro-Cubans originate from that area of the world. I read about the 12 sets of twins of Cuba in 2013. Also, I once read that in America blacks (Israelites) naturally have the highest twin birth rates of all groups. Twins in our biblical history book include: Yahqob and Esau and Perez and Zerah ( from Judah and Tamar). Could it be that the tribe of Judah has the highest twining rate? A question to ponder.
*Also I think there was a set of twins in the ‘new testament’. I’ll be back when I find it…The Aramaic T’oma: The name ‘Thomas’ comes from the Aramaic word for twin. See John 11:16.
South Sudan: Juba sounds like Judah doesn’t it?
This former slave market is located in the eastern side of Stone Town in Zanzibar Tanzania. During the reign of the Omani Arabs in the early 19th century, Zanzibar was the main slave trading point of East Africa. The slaves caught on the mainland of Africa were shipped to Zanzibar where they were re-sold and further transported to Seychelles, Mauritius, Oman and Persia.
This is where the slaves were washed and oiled before being sold.
A picture of Zanzibar slaves. The word Zanzibar means coast of blacks in Arabic or Persian. Zanzibar the capital city is located on the Island of Unguja (pronounced Unguyah) and this is where the historic site of Stone Town is located.
Artist drawing of Zanj slave gang circa 1889 with Arabic slave captor with his sword and gun.
Israelite slave boy in Zanzibar.
A visitor in 1331 AD considered the Tanzanian city of Kilwa to be of world class. He wrote that it was “the principle city on the coast the greater part of whose inhabitants are Zanj of very black complexion”. Later on he says that “Kilwa is one of the most beautiful and well-constructed cities in the world. The whole of it is elegantly built”.
Bling culture existed in Tanzania. A Portuguese chronicler of the sixteenth century wrote that “they are finely clad in many rich garments of gold and silk and cotton and the women as well; also with much gold and silver chains and bracelets which they wear on their legs and arms and many jeweled earrings in their ears”.
Then I washed you in water, yes. I thoroughly washed off your blood and I anointed you with oil. I clothed you in embroidered cloth and gave you sandals of badger skin. I clothed you with fine linen and covered you with silk. I adorned you with ornaments, put bracelets on your wrists and a chain on your neck. I put a jewel in your nose, earrings in your ears and a beautiful crown on your head. Thus you were adorned with gold and silver and your clothing was of fine linen, silk and embroidered cloth. You ate pastry of fine flour, honey and oil. You were exceedingly beautiful and succeeded to royalty. Your fame went out among the nations because of your beauty for it was perfect through My splendor which I had bestowed on you says the Master Yah. Yahzeqyl 16:9-14.
This is a blue diamond and it was recently found in South Africa. It is worth millions. Many of people questioned whether the miners or the community where this mine is located will receive very much, if any of the profits?
This picture was taken in the Central African Republic. The caption said that these are Christians but I don’t think so. These are Israelites with their
swords machetes and daggers ready to fight Muslims. There was another picture of 2 Muslims that they had just killed but I’m not going to post that picture.
Cartoon of China’s industrial colonialism and one person standing against it. The sign on the far left corner says ‘Africa’s environment’. Click on picture to enlarge.
This photo was recently taken I assume in Uganda. Looks like an elder trying to beat the homosexual spirit off of him. One day we will be casting out demons.
Protesters against homosexuality in Africa.
Aziziyah, Libya was once thought to be the hottest place in the world. It once held the world’s hottest temperature record of 136.4*F. Some meteorologists did not think this reading was accurate so now Death Valley California holds the record for hottest at 134*F. Yet Africa is the hottest continent on the earth. hmmm. When I was in undergrad, there was a girl in one of my classes named Aziza and she was from Africa.
Another example of eastern nations aligning against western nations and vise versa. The caption written on his picture says ‘do it look like I’m playing with you’? Africa for Africans It says.
Sorry for the massive picture, lol. A few days ago I was watching this show on Rwanda. They were remembering the crimes that occurred there in especially 1994 at its worst. It is 2014 so its been twenty years. I saw this Hutu man holding a bible like the one above on the show. I still don’t know what language this is. I’m guessing Afrikkans but I have also seen Russian and I even read that Filipino people say Bibliya also. It was ironic that the Hutu was holding the bible yet his Tutsi-Israelite neighbor held no bible but was quoting scripture. Today, Hutu must apologize in front of the tribal leaders in order to be forgiven. His Tutsi neighbor said he would forgive but never forget his murderous ways. He wasn’t sure the apology was sincere. Over 800,000 Tutsi-Israelites were murdered in Rwanda over a 70 year period.
Ile-Ife is the oldest Yoruba city.
A few Shabbats ago, I heard a teacher say (paraphrased) that the reason Israylites were/are always eating chicken and watermelon is because there has always been the righteous among us. So the stereotype is true, we eat a lot of chicken and watermelon. Even back in the day, Hebrews refused to eat pork. So the stereotype is making fun of the righteous Hebrews. I recently found out (while watching a cooking show) that it was the Hebrew slaves who invented “fried” chicken. Before that, the Gentiles roasted their chicken. I just knew in my heart, that we had to have invented some culinary dishes after all we have been in the kitchen cooking for hundreds of years. Another thing that I found out (on another cooking show with a Hebrew woman historian) is that the boxes that restaurants like KFC and Churches put the chicken in came from the Hebrews. Back in the Jim Crow South we were not welcomed at Gentile restaurants so Hebrews (while traveling) put their fried chicken in shoe boxes. I remember when I was a little girl, my mom and dad traveled with chicken (they grew up in the 50s and 60s during Jim Crow) but in the 80s Tupperware had already been invented so that is what my mother used. As for watermelon, in my opinion its the perfect food after a sweaty day in the fields that’s why Yah provided it for us. Watermelon is full of water and vitamin c. When I was a kid we use to sprinkle salt on our watermelon not knowing we were replacing our electrolytes. We just thought it made our watermelon taste sweeter after playing on a hot, sweaty day. I wonder if the slaves sprinkled salt on their watermelon too? We also use to put salt on our pickles with the now-later candy but that’s another story for another day. lol. Other foods that came with us from Africa include: Black-eyed-peas, okra, collard greens, and yams (not sweet potatoes) and rice.
A picture of Ghana Okro Soup with Banku (or Cassava Dough). Okra Soup is usually served with a carbohydrate on the side.
In Nigerian (Naiyah) Okra Soup is usually served with FuFu (another name for Cassava root) but here in the above picture it is served with chicken. I thought it was interesting that in Cuba they still call Cassava, yams and/or plantains ‘FuFu’ when beaten into a paste. Cuba has a high number of Yoruba descendants.
In South Carolina Okra Soup is served with rice. Usually South Carolinians put corn, beans and meat in the soup too. Tomatoes are the base of the soup here in the Americas but red palm oil is the base that makes it red in Africa (usually). In Louisiana Gumbo is also served with rice. Okra was brought in by the slaves from Angola and was called oching’gombo later shortened to n’gombo. Then further shortened to gumbo. The Duala people of Cameroon also call it gombo. In Puerto Rico, the slaves called Okra Soup, “Quimgombo”. It is called Ochra Soup or Ochra Gumbo in the Caribbean. In Brazil and Dutch Guiana, okra was also brought with the slaves during the 17th century. In the Island of Curacao near Venezuela Okra Soup is called Sopi Guiyambo. From Africa to the Americas, this soup followed us everywhere!
Gullah Hebrew: Have you ever noticed Hebrews from the Carolinas say, ‘Right Chere’ (pronounced cheer) meaning it’s right here? And some of us don’t even say “right chere” instead we drop the “re” off of “chere” and say “right che” (pronounced ch-eh) meaning it’s right here. I was watching this documentary a few weeks ago on the projects of New Orleans (Nawlins) and the Hebrews there also say ‘right che’ (pronounced ch-eh) meaning right here. The Hebrews of New Orleans take the “th” off of that and say “dat” as in ‘who dat say they can beat the Saints’, remember that song? The who-dat song. From West Africa, the Caribbean, the Carolinas and Louisiana, Hebrews drop the “th” sound so that thing becomes “ting” and three becomes “sh-ree”. Geechie-Gullah people pronounce the “fi” sound in a different way, so that fish becomes “fush” and fifty dollars becomes “fufty dollars”. And people from the Bahamas sound just like Hebrews from South Carolina and Georgia Sea Islands. I heard a historian say that our people around the world (as a whole) cannot pronounce the “v” sound, so instead we substitute it with a “w” sound. That made sense to me because David in English is really Dawid in Hebrew. I’ll be back with more colloquialisms…
Hunnah Fuh Do? This means How are you doing? Dey Yah. This means I’m still here. Geechie Gullah people also say Come Yah and Bin Yah. Yah’s name stays on the earth even though many (not all) of us forgot Him. Let me give you another example of this. I watch this (Hebrew) vlogger whose daughter’s name is Olivia. She nicknamed her Olive but lately she has been calling her O-yah and sometimes just yah. I also noticed lately that Olivia has been spelled differently in young girls. It’s being spelled “Oliviyah” even though the name Olivia (I read) is not Hebrew but you still hear Yah in the pronunciation. Another name that I noticed being pronounced differently is Asher. I have seen a variation of Asher as “Ashyah”.
Young lady winnowing rice in the Gambia in basket.
Winnowing rice in South Carolina with sweet grass basket.
The Israylites brought the art of basket weaving to the Americas. Geechie Gullah women held on to the technique of basket making but used the local sweet grass. See winnowing baskets in the slave’s hands in above picture.
South Carolina & Georgia Planters actively looked for the Hebrew Israylites that were experts in rice growing. They called the area where these Israylites came from the windward or rice coast of Africa (See the above newspaper article). This made up the Senegal-Gambia, Sierra Leone and Liberia area. The slaves were to be sold at Ashley Ferry in Charles Town (Charleston, SC) according to the article.
A picture of the Rice Coast (or Windward Coast). Also there were the Ivory and Gold Coasts. Click on image to enlarge.
This is an Ebola Outbreak chart from 1976 to 2012. In 1976, the Ebola Virus was first identified near the Ebola River in the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Republic of Zaire). The Ebola River is a small tributary of the Congo River near Yambuku Village. There are five types of Ebola Virus: 1) Bundibugyo (Uganda) Ebola Virus 2) Reston Ebola Virus 3) Sudan (South) Ebola Virus 4) Tai Forest Ebola Virus (formerly called Cote d’ Ivoire Ebola Virus) 5) Zaire Ebola Virus. The Zaire Ebola Virus has the highest mortality rate. The word Ebo, Ibo, Eboe, Eboans or Heebo (means Hebrew). Our people were also called the Habaroos or Hebrew. The word Ibri means Hebrew. There are people that call themselves Ibo in Nigeria and in Cameroon. Another curious thing is that there is a town in Angola called Ebo and also an Island in Mozambique called Ibo. Also the town of llebo in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Current Ebola Outbreak Map
Kwanza Sul Province of Angola with Ebo Village.
Red Rice and Fish is a local food eaten by Geechie Gullah Hebrews of South Carolina and Georgia.
Usually red rice is served with peas. Some people call this same rice dish, ‘Spanish Rice’. Its made with tomato sauce and a small amount of tomato paste. The Hebrews of West Africa grew a type of rice that was reddish in color so naturally the Spanish Red Rice became a hit in South Carolina and Georgia. From a book called ‘Black Rice’ by Judith A. Carney, “Another characteristic of African rice that distinguishes it from most sativa varieties is the red color of its bran, which shifts between purple and black tones in different varieties”. Europeans had noted the crucial role of females in African rice cultivation. Wherever rice is grown in West Africa, women continue working in the fields and their labor remains associated with the specialized tasks of hoeing, sowing, weeding and transplanting. pgs. 50-51 Another link between South Carolina rice and West African rice is that both were cooked in the same way. South Carolina women prepared long grain rice as do West African women. Long grain rice yields a dry, separated rice. Both use water to boil the rice. Whereas, in Asian countries they use animal fat to boil their rice and they prefer short grain rice that is sticky and sweet. pgs. 115-117.
In 1750, the Dutch governor of Suriname contrasted the advantages of the rice planted there with a red type he knew about in South Carolina, writing that ‘the rice in Essequibo has not the red husk which gives so much trouble in Carolina to get off’. His distinction between two types of rice–one red, the other not–and pointed mention of the difficulty involved husking the red offer additional evidence for the cultivation of glaberrima in South Carolina during the first half of the eighteenth century. pg. 151
This red rice followed the Hebrews to North and South America. Historical sources from Brazil dating to the period prior to the mid-eighteenth century provide numerous references to rice, including a red type grown along the floodplains of the Amazon River and in low lying swamps. Interestingly, this species initially believed to be of Brazilian origin (but it wasn’t) was known as Oryza nutica. Some colonial authorities promoted the cultivation of this rice, “even though red…because it had always served to sustain the poor”. The repeated reference to nutica/mutica in descriptions of an introduced rice suggests the presence of glaberrima in various locales of the eighteenth century Americas. pg. 151
In a 1772 decree, a Portuguese colonial administration mandated a year’s jail sentence for whites who planted the red rice and two years of imprisonment for slave and Indians who did so. pgs. 151-52. But more than a century would pass before scientists learned of the existence of glaberrima as a separate species of rice and established its African provenance. In the early twentieth century French commentaries on glaberrima from the Inland Delta of the Niger River drew attention to the red color of African rice. pg. 152.
African rice must have crossed the Atlantic at some point during the period of the Atlantic trade, since French botanists recovered varieties of glaberrima from the 1940s to 1950s in Cayenne and from a former sugar plantation of El Salvador. The glaberrima reported in Cayenne was collected from descendants of maroons whose escape over a nearly two-hundred year period from the 1660s enabled many to flee coastal sugar plantations. These upland varieties were found to be related to ones cultivated in Guinea Conakry, Liberia and the Ivory Coast where they are known as g’baga, baga or bagaye. pg. 153.
A French agronomist found the baga varieties, the Djuka maroons maintain that rice originally came from Africa, brought by female slaves who smuggled in their hair grains from the slave ships that transported them to the New World. In studies of a separate maroon group, the Saramaka of Suriname, anthropologist Richard Price records a similar legend where the presence of the crop is attributed to female ancestors’ hiding rice in their hair as they fled sugar plantations to freedom. In 1726, a Swiss correspondent wrote that “it was by a woman that rice was transplanted into Carolina”. pg. 154. Now this was an interesting read but I still believe that most planters especially those in South Carolina knew these Hebrews were expert rice growers and pursued them…no hiding of rice in the hair. Although they may have hidden rice seeds that were outlawed in South America.
For slaves, provision gardens served to maintain their dietary favorites in the Americas. pg. 155 (So they also brought the seeds of yams, black eyed peas, watermelon, okra and collards. These may be the seeds that they hid in their hair). Provision gardens have been found in North and South America and the Caribbean.
*In Countries such as Nigeria, Liberia and Ghana, red rice is called ‘Jollof Rice’ and it is made with tomato sauce and paste like here in the Americas. I wonder if the Hebrews around the world have forgotten how to grow the real red rice?
The captions I read next to President Mugabe eating red rice were very funny. They ranged from ‘throwing down on Jollof Rice’ to ‘going to battle with Jollof Rice’. So they love that red rice in Zimbabwe too.
The Ring-Shout is a call and response type praise-singing that the Israylite slaves did in South Carolina and Georgia. We call on Yah and He responds. Yah says call to me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things which you do not know. Kumbayah, come by Yah. Yeremiyah 33:3. *I just want to clarify that this is not the shouting done in the church. This group of Israylites did not do back flips or speak in jibberish type tongues. They literally sang Kumbayah and other biblical songs whilst moving in a slow circle. The elder or brother in the background kept the pace of the song with his walking stick and board underneath.
Various instruments in Africa, especially the Kora feature a skin head and gourd body. African instruments differ from early African American banjos in that the necks do not possess a western-style fingerboard and tuning pegs, instead having necks with strings attached to the neck with loops for tuning banjos with fingerboards and tuning pegs are known from the Caribbean as early as the 17th Century. In the Caribbean, in the 18th and 19th centuries, writers transcribed the name of these instruments variously as bangie, banza, banger, (banjil, banjie, banshaw also).
Another likely banjo ancestor is the ‘akonting’ a folk lute played by the Jola Tribe of Senegambia. The akonting is on the left in the picture.
This instrument, similar to the banjo is called the ubaw-akwala. It is played by the Igbo.
This instrument is called the xalam. It is played in Senegal. It is similar to the banjo.
This instrument is called the ngoni. It was developed in Morocco by sub-Saharan Africans known as gimbri.
This instrument is called the kora. It is played in Mali, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Sengal, Burkina Faso, the Gambia and it is especially played among Mandinko griots. As you can see, this banjo-like instrument is all over Africa.
A picture of the slaves with one playing the banjo shown above. The first Banjo-type instruments in the Americas were documented in the Caribbean as early as 1689 and the first mention of the banjo in the American colonies occurred in 1754 where it is called a ‘banjer’ in a Maryland newspaper.
A folk art painting of slaves playing music and dancing, with banjo being played. Some historians mention the dairies of Richard Jobson as the first record of the instrument. While exploring the Gambia River in Africa in 1620, he recorded an instrument “made of a great gourd and a neck, thereunto was fastened strings”.
The first mention of the name for the instruments in the western hemisphere is from Martinique in a document dated 1678. It mentions slave gatherings where an instrument called the “banza” is used.
From Grove’s Dictionary of Music and Musicians from a poem by an Englishmen in the British West Indies in 1763: “Permit thy slaves to lead the choral dance to the wild banshaw’s melancholy sound”.
Thomas Jefferson in 1781 said: “The instrument proper to them (i.e. the slaves) is the Banjar which they brought hither from Africa”.
A photo of a Hebrew woman around 1865 holding her banjo.
This painting is called ‘the banjo player’. It was painted by William Sidney in 1857. Notice she is a Hebrew woman.
After 1865, the Israylites did not play the banjo as much anymore due to the Ministrel show era where we were mocked and shown as backwards for playing it. Today the banjo is the backbone of country-blue grass music.
This book contains ‘negro spirituals’. It was printed in 2001.
I bought this book because its the only hymnal I’ve seen with Kumbayah included. I read that the song Kumbayah was collected sometime during 1922-1932 in South Carolina from the Geechie-Gullah people. The song is thought to come from Angola because the Angolan people also say Kumbayah. I read this at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kumbaya
This is the next page of the hymnal, Come by here My Yah. Please pardon the pagan name (title).
This is a folksong from South Africa, in the same book. It’s called Siyahamba and pronounced See-Yah-hum-bah. Siyahamba means ‘we are marching in the light of Yah’. Someone once tried to take credit for writing the song but he was quickly discredited. No one knows where the song came from. #Yah’ssetapartpeople http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siyahamba
Welcome to Kumba, Cameroon. One day, this sign may read welcome to Kumbayah, Cameroon. Economy: Trading in Kumba has attracted the interest of foreigners, mostly Nigerians (the Igbos) who have always controlled a greater percentage of the Kumba main market.
The above photo is of a Nama man blowing his shofar. I found this photo at Wikipedia. Most Nama people live in central Namibia (pronounced NamibiYah) and along the border of South Africa. Namibiyah gets its name from the Namib Desert named by the Nama people. Namib means vast place because of the desert that is there. The nama have a culture that is rich in the musical and literary abilities of its people. Traditional music, folk tales, proverbs and praise poetry have been handed down for generations and form the base for much of their culture. For thousands of years, the Khoisan (or Nama) peoples of South Africa and Southern Namibiyah maintained a nomadic way of life. Early colonists referred to the Nama people as Hottentots (remember Sarah Baartman was called Hottentot Venus). Namibiyah means vast land of Yah.
Notice the red eyes of this lion, like Yahoshua. Sundiata Keita was born from the Mandinka people of Mali in 1217 and lived to 1255. He was called the lion king of Mali. The Mandinka people were also brought to America as slaves. The story of the lion king has a long history among our people. Yahoshua is called the Lion “King” of Yahudah. This is where Disney got “The Lion King” story… Hebrew Israylite history.
ZambiYAH: The country of Zambia was once called Northern Rhodesia by England. Zambia is thought to been named after the Zambezi River and the name Zambezi came from the Monomatapa people (sometimes pronounced Mutapa people) who called it the Zembere River. But a Portuguese explorer reported it as Zambeze in 1597. In 1964 after the people of Zambia won independence, they changed the name back to Zam-bi-Yah. What does ZambiYah mean? Or Zem-bi-Yah? The capital of Zambiyah is very interesting to me. The capital is called Zvongombe and “gombe” looks very Hebrew, like gumbo/gombe or okra soup that we know and read about. Another interesting thing I read is that the Gentiles once believed that Zambiyah was the area in the bible called Ophir and they were looking for Solomon’s gold mines here.
The GambiYah: Doesn’t GambiYah Sound like ZambiYah and NamibiYah? GambiYah is Hebrew but I can’t seem to find anyone who knows where the name came from. Isn’t that odd or has Yah made us forget our heritage? But I did read that some think the name came from the Mandinka who called the area Cambia or CambiYah. The Portuguese who visited the Mandinka, called it Cambio which means trade or exchange in Portuguese. Others believe the name was KamiYah from a people in Kiang that have the last name(s) Kambi, Kambai and/or Kambais.
GambiYah was once called Senegambia, all one territory because it is surrounded by Senegal. Senegambia was once apart of the Mali Empire. The president of GambiYah is named Yahya Jammeh, clearly a Hebrew first name. I think people call it “The GambiYah” to differeniate it between ZambiYah.
07/26/2015: Last night I was watching Inside Africa on CNN. The show was about Gambiyah. It was good and it was bad. The bad part was, that they tried to make it seem as though the name Gambiyah came from the River Gambia. But the origin of the name is deeper than that. Gambiyah is from Yah but I guess that is for only those Yah has given the eyes to see. The good part of the show is that they talked about Kunta Kinte. Kunta Kinte is believed to be his real name. The local historian took the host to Kunta Kinteh (Kinte) Island as it is affectionately called but also it’s called James Island. The Mandinka village Kunta was from is today called Juffure (sometimes spelled Juffureh). Kunta Kinte was captured around 1767 and was brought to Maryland. The host spoke to one of the descendents of Kunta Kinte which was very interesting. The villagers still remembered the words of Kunta’s father after he found out his son had been captured. He said, “My son’s name will not be forgotten”.
This is a copy of the just arrived ship called Lord Ligonier advertising there will be a slave auction. Kunta was on this ship from Gambiyah. He was about 17 years old when captured (born around 1750). Kunta Kinte’s grandfather was named Kairaba Kunte Kinte, a holy man of the Mandinka and his grandmother’s name was Yaisa. Kunta’s father’s name was Omoro Kinte and his mother’s name was Binta Kinte. Kunta Kinte died in 1822 of a broken heart two years after his wife Bella was sold. His daughter Kizzy (Keisa in Mandinka or KeziYah in Hebrew) was also sold away from him.
Update 03-09-2016: I recently read that Alex Haley plagiarized part of the novel Roots. He plagiarized a novel called The African by Harold Courtlander. I read from someone who read both books, that only the middle passage scene was plagiarized. The case was settled out of court.
Sans man with his children.
There is chatter on the internet saying that Asian people are descendants of the Khomani or Khoi, Khoisan or Sans or Saa people (they have many names). The Sans people who are also sometimes called bushmen, live in South Africa, Namibiyah, Zambiyah, Angola and Botswana. I read that the Sans people are a different group than the Nama people (that I wrote about in the Hebrewisms of Africa post). Although some people lump them into one group but they are two separate groups. Most of the Nama (Israylites) were killed by the German colonists at the turn of the last century almost to the point of genocide. So the people of Nama may now be intermarrying with the Sans people. I originally was going to make this a post on the front page but since the Nama are intermarrying with the Sans, I wanted you to see pictures of the Sans versus the picture above of the Nama man blowing the shofar. You can see they look different.
Sans man with child.
The Gentiles (of European ancestry, you know what I mean) have been studying their DNA lately (as they study everyone’s DNA) but they have not said what they are looking for but they probably know this is where Asians come from. The Gentiles did say that the Sans Y-chromosome and Mitochondrial DNA are some of the most divergent (or oldest) that they have studied. Nelson Mandela looked like the Sans people to me.
Sans woman with child.
If Asian people descended from the Sans people who are Hamites, which group (of the 4 brothers) of Hamites do they come from? Kush, Mizraim, Phut or Canaan? *I may come back to make corrections or update so please have patience. I am still learning.
Update 12-10-2015: South Sudan: An Interesting Observation: Did y’all know that there are Israylites from South Sudan living in Australia? Some history about the countries of Sudan and South Sudan, formerly known as Sudan: The country of Sudan had two civil wars between 1955-1972 and 1983-2005. The people of South Sudan began to immigrate to Egypt, Kenyah and Australia beginning in 1990s to about 2007. Remember Yah said He was going to scatter us to the four corners of the earth. Israylites currently live on six of the seven continents of the world including Africa, North America, South America, Asia, Europe and Australia. Northern Sudan are primarily Arabic Muslims while Southern Sudan are primarily “Christians” (really Israylites). South Sudan became an independent nation in July 2011.
I watch this vlog of this South Sudan woman (who lives in Australia) married to a Gentile Australian man. When I first started watching, I did not see where they were undergoing any curses except the one where Yah said our feet would not get any rest (from running from trouble) and their feet had to run to Australia, well part of the way anyway. I did see that she had a sick family member who died and we know strange illnesses are also apart of the curses. But as I kept watching their weekly episodes, I began to see more of the curses. One episode, she was upset because some Arabs left evil comments in Arabic in the comments section about the darkness of her skin. Let me tell you, her skin is velvety gorgeous!! But anyway, I recently saw an episode of the vlog where she and her husband were out to dinner with friends. She was the only “black” at the table. The waiter immediately asked her if she wants chicken. She told him politely that she will have steak. After the waiter left with their orders, she explained that she knew the waiter was mocking her in a slick way. He assumed we only eat chicken (and watermelon) not that there is anything wrong with that but being mocked is apart of the curses. Read Deuteronomy 28:15-68 and Leviticus 26:14-46. I am unsure if she knows that she is an Israylite but it seems like she does not keep the law just from my observations.
*I have heard that some people believe that Aboriginals are Israylites too but I am not certain of this at this time. Just as Native Americans are believed by some to be Israylites but are not. Both groups have high alcoholism and going to jail in their cultures but this may be due to colonialism and their own will. They may both be the children of Ham or maybe the children of Abraham since Abraham became the father of many nations but I am unsure if they are from Yahqob (Jacob). If I need to make any corrections, I will be back.
02-14-2016: I was just stalking one of my favorite people on Instagram. She lives in London but her family is from Kumasi Ghana. She took a similar picture of the above sign and placed it on Instagram but I was not able to copy the picture. But I found the above picture on Google Image (I don’t know who the man is). Her picture was much better than this one. Her picture even has the lion in it that sits at the bottom of the sign. This is the museum sign of the Asante/Ashanti kingdom in Kumasi Ghana. She said she learned a lot of history there of her people.
This was the only picture that I could find of this sign on Google Image and you can see why!! Look at the two Hebrews blowing the shofars! This sign reminds me of Numbers 10:2-3 where Yah said there should be two shofars (or two silver trumpets) blown by the priests to gather the assembly. (But its okay to have only one shofar blower according to v. 4 if the leaders of the tribes help gather the assembly). Seeing this sign was bittersweet, happy to see the sign but upset that I could not get a better picture…
The side (facade) of the Ashante-Akim District Cultural Gallery in Kumasi Ghana.
Ashanti goldsmiths are supreme masters of the lost wax casting technique. The Ashanti used gold dust as currency, until as recently as 100 years ago. Ghana/Togo is called the ‘gold coast’ of Africa.
(The ring on his hand looks like a scroll to me with a dove-like bird on top). The goldsmiths are experts in the ancient techniques of cold working gold. This technique shapes gold by hammering, bending, cutting, punching, and incising. This creates a raised form of decoration known as repousse.
Objects of note include swords with handles of gold formed from two globes joined by a cylinder of gold. These state swords would be used ceremonially when chiefs swore allegiance to the Ashanti. The Levites carried swords, Exodus 32:27:28. When Yoseph was given rulership in Egypt, during the ceremony, five thousand men with drawn glittering swords marched, the book of Yasher 49:26.
A special form of Ashanti casting involved gently casting a small object in clay to create a mold from it. This delicate process known as the lost beetle casting technique and produced molds of flowers, beetles and fruits.
Doesn’t all the Ashanti gold above look similar to this gold medallion (with menorrah shofar and scroll engraved) found recently in Yahrushalom (Jerusalem)?
Ashanti medallion necklace.
02-29-2016: Someone asked the question what does Kunta Kinte mean in Hebrew? I do not know what Kunta means but I began to think about Kinte. Notice that, this Kinte comes from Gambiyah and “Kente”, from Kente cloth comes from Ghana. You understand that both words are Hebrew. The word Kente comes from the word kenten which means basket in the Ashanti language. This same fabric is called nwentoma meaning woven basket by the Akan people of the Ivory Coast and Togo.
It’s said that two farmers named Krugu Amoayah and Watah Kraban from the village of Bonwire (Ghana) came across a spider, Ananse, spinning a web. The farmers were amazed by the web’s beauty and tried to recreate the web. They used black and white fibers from the Raffia tree. They presented their cloth to the Ashanti Asantehene or king, Nana Osei Tutu, who reigned from 1701 to 1717.
Although the first Kente cloth was made from Raffia fibers, Kente cloth, which was associated with Ashanti royalty was made of silk during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The silk was imported from Asia to the middle east to West Africa. I assume the colors were added later (for the embroidery cloth,not the silk).
I was looking at a site where many African textiles are shown but I noticed that Kente cloth is always the brightest, most colorful fabric. It made me think about Yoseph’s colorful coat/robe/cloak. I’m not saying that Yoseph’s coat was made from Kente cloth but I’m saying they could have been similar. We just read that two farmers came up with the idea of Kente cloth but who knows…Yah may have given the Hebrews back this technique through the two farmers. We all understand that when the Children of Ysrayl are in a sinful state, Yah takes away knowledge and when we are being faithful to Him, He gives us back our history. Notice that only Ashanti royalty were allowed to wear Kente cloth at first. Likewise, only Yoseph was given a colorful coat, a symbol of leadership given to him by Yahqob his father. Yah told Yoseph that he was going to be a leader over his brothers in Genesis 37:10-11 and they would bow to him. Isaiah said in 6:1, that Yah wears a long trailing robe.
Another thing that I read about Ashanti Kente cloth is that each color had a different meaning. So we can assume that Yoseph’s coat had symbolism in the colors. In the bible, the curtain’s in Yah’s temple had certain colors. The color blue, law for example is very important in the bible.Yah does nothing in vain. In Yahezqyl chapter 16:13, Yah said He put silk and embroidery cloth on the children of Ysrayl and notice the royal Ashanti Kente cloth was made from silk and/or embroidery cloth. Selah (meaning pause and think about that).
03-02-2016: Anansi is an ‘African’ folktale character. He often takes the shape of a spider. He is also known as Ananse, Kwaku-Ananse and Anancy. In the southern United States, it is called Aunt Nancy. Aunt Nancy the spider stories are told by the Geechie-Gullah people of South Carolina/Georgia. The Anansi tales originated from the Ashanti people. The word Ananse is Akan and means “spider”. They later spread to other Akan groups and then to the West Indies, Suriname, Sierra Leone (where they were introduced by Jamaican Maroons) and the Netherlands Antilles. On Curacao, Aruba and Bonaire, it is known as Nanzi.
The word Anansesem or “spider tales” is used in the Ashanti oral culture. Elsewhere, they have other names. For example, Ananse-Tori in Suriname, Anansi in Guyana and Kuent’i-Nanzi in Curacao. So you see just like red rice/spanish rice/jollof and okra soup/gumbo followed the Israylites during slavery…these stories also followed us. The stories were proverbs told orally by a person of the village(s) called a Griot. A Griot was a traveling poet, singer, musician, storyteller, who maintained our oral history in West Africa. King David made some of the families within the Levites, singers and musicians. Also, some Levites were prophets, Moses and Ezra, for example.
Now, I have read that the spider was communicating with a sky-god called Nyame but I think someone has changed this part of the story…on purpose. I do believe that this spider communicated with Yah and the Griot spoke to us the proverbs of Yah with the spider being the main character. The Griot was a prophet of Yah telling parables. We know from stories in the bible that Balaam’s donkey obeyed Yah. The raven that fed Yliyah bread and meat obeyed Yah also. In the book of Proverbs of the bible, ants were written as being wise. The promised land is described as milk and honey and Yah uses bees for His purpose in the land even as biological warfare against the Canaanites. The animals obey Yah…
Do you see the repeating pattern? Job and Isaiah both talked about not becoming ensnared in the spider’s web. Animals were used in teaching. See Job 8:14 and Isaiah 59:5.
03-03-2016: A drawing of an Ashanti priest with a breast plate around his neck.
A closer view of the priest from the above drawing. Notice the turban on his head (Exodus 28:4,37,39). The Levites wore a breastplate around their necks that contained twelve stones that represented the twelve tribes. Read Exodus 28:15-30. Whenever they wanted to inquire or ask the Most High Yah a question about which tribe, the stone for the tribe lit up. From there, they would find out which family in the tribe (it probably lit up when it came upon the guilty family), then which individual(s) within that family (it probably lit up again). You can read about this in Yahoshua (Joshua) son of Nun chapter 7,when Achan stole. He was found to be from the tribe of Yahudah (Judah) and family of Zarhites (Zerah). Yahoshua (Joshua) used the breastplate/Urim/Thummim to inquire of Yah. It also could have been used been used in other ways.
03-04-2016: The Ashanti Golden Stool (or Sika ‘Dwa) pictured above laying on its side, is the royal throne of the Ashanti people. There are very few pictures of this golden stool. Did y’all know the Golden Stool is thought to come from heaven? According to Ashanti oral history, Okomfo Anokye, High Priest and one of the two chief founders of the Asante Confederacy caused the stool to descend from the sky and to land on the lap of the first Asante king, Osei Tutu. The Ashanti say the Golden Stool represents leadership, power, authority and succession.
Many wars have broken out over the ownership of the royal throne. In 1896, Asantehene (king) Prempeh I was deported rather than risk losing both war and the throne. In 1900, Sir Frederick Hodgson (a Gentile), the Governor of the Gold Coast, demanded to be allowed to sit on the Golden Stool and ordered that a search for it be conducted. This provoked an armed rebellion known as The War of the Golden Stool or The Yaa Asantewaa War or The Ashanti Uprising, which resulted in the annexation of Ashanti to the British Empire but preserved the sanctity of the Golden Stool. Today, the stool resides in the Manhyia Palace Museum in Kumasi Ghana. However, only the king, queen and trusted advisors know its true hiding place.
Another picture of the same Golden Stool in the above picture. The Golden Stool is a curved seat 46 cm high with a platform 61 cm wide and 30 cm deep. It’s entire surface is inlaid with gold and hung with bells to warn the king of impending danger. Does this sound familiar? It should. The High Priest of Yah’s temple wore bells on his robe. Exodus 28:33-35, no man could sneak in Yah’s temple and live! The High Priest’s bells rung upon entering the temple.
A replica of the Golden Stool is used during ceremonies today. The true Golden Stool seat is rarely seen by the public. Each (replica) stool is made from a single block of wood of Alstonia boonei and carved with a crescent-shaped seat, flat base and complex support structure. The general shape of Asante stools has been copied by other cultures and sold worldwide.
The Golden Footstool reminds me of Yah’s Footstool. You can read about Yah’s Footstool in the following scriptures: 1 Chronicles 28:2, 2 Chronicles 9:18, Psalm 99:5, Psalm 132:7, Lamentations 2:1, Isaiah 66:1, Matthithyah 5:35 and Acts 7:49. Yahoshua Ben Yah has a Footstool, Psalm 8:6, Psalm 110:1, Mark 12:36,Luke 20:43, Acts 2:34-35, 1 Corinthians 15:25, Ephesians 1:22, Hebrews 1:13 and Hebrews 2:8.
Did you notice the caption in the picture above? It said the Golden Stool came down on a Friday (maybe evening)?
The Ashanti Golden Stool flag.
Ashanti walking sticks pictured above. The Most High carried a walking stick. The people of the book carried walking sticks.
03-24-2016: Read the book of Yasher 77:38-51. There is a walking stick that belongs to Yah. According to the book of Yasher, Yah would speak everything into creation and point this staff. Yah of Hosts is written on His sapphire walking stick. There’s something about the color blue. Scripture says that the foundation of heaven, under Yah’s feet is blue. Yah uses the color blue to represent His laws and now here is His walking stick…sapphire blue.
Adam carried the walking stick of Yah. The walking stick of Yah was carried by all the chosen ones down to Jacob. Jacob gave Yah’s walking stick to Yoseph. When Yoseph died, Yah’s walking stick is put in the garden of Reuyl (friend of Yah) where Moses pulls it from the ground. He is the only one who can (something like King Arthur pulling the sword from the rock, I heard some Israylites teach. This is where they got that story). The bible confirms that Moses and Yahqob carried Yah’s walking stick, read Genesis 32:10 where Yahqob crossed the Jordan River with a walking stick. Moses carries a walking stick in Exodus 4:2 and Exodus 4:20. Yah’s walking stick is a symbol of His authority. Moses like Yah spoke and pointed this walking stick when the children of Ysrayl were in battle, in the bible and the COY won those battles. Did y’all know that witches and warlocks carry wands and make spells with their mouths, mocking how Yah uses His walking stick and His words to create.
Also, each head of the tribes carried a walking stick, as a symbol of authority. Aharon’s walking stick (made from the almond tree) blossomed and produced almonds as a sign that Yah had chosen him of the Levites to be the head.
However, according to Genesis 49, Yahqob gives Yahudah the staff of rulership before he died, the same staff that would be given to Yahoshua (or Shiloh meaning peaceful one). When I read about Tamar and Yahudah, Yahudah already had a walking stick in Genesis 38. Did Yahudah have two walking sticks? I read in Psalm 23 that David had Yah’s walking stick and that it comforted him. In Psalm 45:6-7, David compares Yah’s walking stick to rulership and Shaul repeats this in Hebrews 1:8-9. Did the walking stick of Yah go to Yoseph then Moses as the book of Yasher states? Or did Yah’s walking stick go to Yahudah as the bible states? Does Yahoshua have the walking stick of Yah right now in heaven? In Psalm 110:2, David said that Yah’s rod is the strength of Zion (Yahrushalom, Yahudah) and it rules in the midst of our enemies. When scripture describes Yahoshua ruling over us with an iron rod, is that metaphorically speaking about His tough rule?
They love that red rice/jollof/spanish rice in Ghana too! They eat theirs with beef mixed in, as shown in the picture above or as beef kabob or with chicken and plantains on the side. Geechie-Gullah women serve it with fish (whiting, spot-tail bass, brim…local S. Carolina fish) or chicken usually, with sweet peas on the side.
Funny meme about red rice. 🙂
03-08-2016: This is a picture of Cape Coast Castle. It was built in 1653 by the Swedish Africa Company under Hendrik Carloff for the king of Sweden. It was seized by the Danish in 1663. One year later, the British took control of it. This slave port is near Accra Ghana.
This is a picture of Elmina Castle. It was later called Sao Jorge Mina Castle (or St. George Castle). It was built by the Portuguese in 1482. The word la mina means the mine in Portuguese…as in the gold mine, this is the gold coast of Africa rich with Ashanti gold. This slave port was captured by the Dutch in 1637 and by the British in the 1800s. This slave port is near Accra Ghana. Elmina is the oldest European slave port on the West coast of Africa.
This is a picture of Christiansborg Castle. It is also called Osu Castle. This castle is located in Osu-Accra Ghana. It was built by a Denmark-Norway collaboration in the 1660s. Portugal and then Britain took control of this slave port. Europe became rich from Ashanti gold.
03-09-2016: Isaiah 60:9, the Most High says that our silver and gold will be returned to us by the ships of Tarshish (Spain/Portugal). Also read Ezekiel (Yahezqyl) 27:24-25, the ships of Tarshish were carriers of your merchandise…purple clothes, multicolored embroidered garments which you use to sell in your marketplaces. The nations will serve the Israylites.
03-21-2016: I saw recently another British slave port on a show about Ghana: Jamestown in Accra Ghana, a local Ghanaian man said was a place where slaves were taken from. It was originally called Fort James, built in 1673. I also read about another British slave port called Usshertown on the Gulf of Guinea coast but originally called Fort Ussher.
03-23-2016: The city of Lakoja in Nigeria looks interesting to me. It is pronounced La-ko-Yah. This was a trade city set up by the British. It is situated between the Yoruba and Igbo.
05-27-2017: I received an email from a reader named ZukuMarley who was born in NYAHza in LuhYah (KenYah). However the reader said that they called the Most High by a different name which is not surprising. Isn’t it interesting how the earth remembered Yah but man did not remember. Thank you for reading this blog.