Indigenous culture

I would like to give you the definition of “indigenous culture” according to United Nations organizations for indigenous people Human Rights:

those which having a historical continuity with pre-invasion and pre-colonial societies that developed on their territories, consider themselves distinct from other sectors of societies now prevailing in those territories, or parts of them. They form at present non-dominant sectors of society and are determined to preserve, develop, and transmit to future generations their ancestral territories, and their ethnic identity, as the basis of their continued existence as peoples, in accordance with their own cultural patterns, social institutions and legal systems.

(Martinez-Cobo, 1984)

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What is the “indigenous culture” of those who descend from slaves stolen from West Africa?

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Many tribes were consumed in the bowels of ships leaving Africa for the Americas, and some of the largest tribes are the Eboes(Igbo), Ashanti, Yoruba, and the EVERI which was the name of the ancient Peoples of West Africa.

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What culture or way of life did the EVERI (ancient people of West Africa) engage?

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While there are many influences over the centuries and intermingling of tribes throughout the ages we can use historical documentation from explorers, cosmographers, historians, and missionaries as observations from the outside looking in as well as the oral traditions passed down by the tribes of West Africa itself.

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“Êυê is pronounced “Erh-verh” or “Eyverh.” The plural form is, “Êυêo,” that is, Êυê with an ‘O’ at the end. It is pronounced “Erh-verh-O” or “Eyverh-O.” The reason for writing the name with these strange characters is because the name has a sound that is not in English. This being the case, there are no letters in English to spell out the sound in the name. The following is my effort to help you get the right pronunciation.
The “Ê” transliterates as, “Erh” or “Ey.” The “υ” transliterates as “vav” or “vher” in English. When you put it altogether it sounds like Erh-verh or Eyverh. This is a difficult name to write in English and get the right pronunciation. Even in West Africa, the neighbours of the Êυê people struggle with the name and end up calling the people “EWE,” instead of “Êυê.” Because there are no characters in the alphabet to write the name in English, the Êυê people in Ghana came up with this novel way to denote their identity. When our people in Ghana and Togo see Êυê they automatically put in the necessary vowels to come up with the proper pronunciation of the name.
Elsewhere in the world, such as, in the Scandinavian and Germanic languages in Europe they have this sound in the language. In these countries when this sound occurs in their language, the letter ‘W,’ in English, is used for the “vher” sound. This means a name like William in English is υilhem in German and a Scandinavian name like υilly becomes Willy in English. During the colonial era, the British introduced the European way of representing the ‘vher’ sound with “W” to West Africa. “

The Erverh people did not originate from West Africa. They came from the Middle East where they used to be mighty people with a world-renowned name. However, over time and through the ages the people of the world replaced this famous name with something else. This accident in history inadvertently hid the glorious identity of these black people.

Not anymore is the glorious name going to stay hidden, because I am hereby lifting the veil so that you know whom we really are. With our identity thus revealed, we can rise and soar again to great heights as our ancestors.

Meet the Êυê (Erverh) aka the Hebrew

As I mentioned earlier, we are the Erverh people. The secret you don’t know is, Erverh means Hebrew. Therefore, to rephrase, the last statement can read: “we are the Hebrew people.” The name Erverh, is the original name, which translates as Hebrew in English. Thus, without beating about the bush, our ancestors, and us, are the ancient Israelites. The ancient Israelites were not called Jews. They were Erverh.

 https://blackpeopleshistory.wordpress.com/2011/10/11/black-identity/
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so simple its profound ~ spoke word

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So simple its profound

darkness and light

ignorance and knowledge

those who are in the dark can write, but what they are spitting is garbage

those of us who are in the light

our speech pays homage to the Kingdom of God

royal priest who acknowledge

that the KING is Christ

He ignites our anointing to break boundage

this poem is the knowledge of life

it regenerate and then penetrates your boundaries to get to where your heart is

the enemy is directing a play its called Broadway

the cast gets cast in the lake

I show you the path and you laugh and say that i’m fake

or i’m after your cash you view us in the faith as targets

you grow up in the gutta you had to fight

Im your brother we are 

partners

you had to suffer it wasn’t right

those who have chose their calling

and rose above evil

those are Gods people

Hebrews I know… its like we had it the hardest….

 

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Truth upsets the apple cart

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There several theories on the effects of the phscyology dealing with identity. What I have discovered is that when a certain group begins to identitfy with a state of being that is totally contrary to their current social identity then other groups must then adjust their social identity which will cause them to reject or accept that groups choice of identity. In a sense you are upsetting the apple cart.

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Maccabean spirit in the Gullah warrior

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Temne peoples who have an oral tradition that tells of their migration out of Israel were eventually sold into slavery.

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“The blacks and Indians fought side-by-side in a desperate struggle to stop the American advance, but they were defeated and driven south into the more remote wilderness of central and southern Florida. General Jackson (later President) referred to this First Seminole War as an “Indian and Negro War.” In 1835, the Second Seminole War broke out, and this full-scale guerrilla war would last for six years and claim the lives of 1,500 American soldiers. The Black Seminoles waged the fiercest resistance, as they feared that capture or surrender meant death or return to slavery—and they were more adept at living and fighting in the jungles than their Indian comrades. The American commander, General Jesup, informed the War Department that, “This, you may be assured, is a negro and not an Indian war”; and a U.S. Congressman of the period commented that these black fighters were “contending against the whole military power of the United States.” – Joseph A. Opala Yale University

http://glc.yale.edu/gullah-rice-slavery-and-sierra-leone-american-connection

Jews of the Bilad al-Sudan (Judeo-Arabic: אַהַל יַהוּדּ בִּלַדּ אַל סוּדָּן‎) describes West African Jewish communities who were connected to known Jewish communities from the Middle East, North Africa, or Spain and Portugal. Various historical records attest to their presence at one time in the Ghana, Mali, and Songhai empires, then called the Bilad as-Sudan from the Arabic meaning Land of the Blacks. Jews from Spain, Portugal, and Morocco in later years also formed communities off the coast of Senegal and on the Islands of Cape Verde. These communities continued to exist for hundreds of years but have since disappeared due to changing social conditions, persecution, migration, assimilation and Slavery to the New World.

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The Hebrews from West Africa lost much of their traditions through the atrocities of slavery, but some survived in part in what is known as Gullah – Geeche traditions : Gullah Customs and Traditions Gullah culture seems to emphasize elements shared by Africans from different areas. The Gullahs’ ancestors were, after all, coming from many different tribes, or ethnic groups, in Africa. Those from the Rice Coast, the largest group, included the Wolof, Mandinka, Fula, Baga, Susu, Limba, Temne, Mende, Vai, Kissi, Kpelle, etc.—but there were also slaves brought from the Gold Coast, Calabar, Congo, and Angola. The Gullah slaves adopted beliefs and practices that were familiar to Africans from these widely separated regions. In most cases, therefore, we cannot say that a particular Gullah custom is from a particular African tribe; but we can often point more generally to West Africa, the Western Sudan, the Rice Coast, etc. And Gullah traditions are not, of course, all purely African. The Gullah slaves borrowed practices from their white masters, but they always gave these an African spirit. The Gullah became Christians, for instance, but their style of worship reflected their African heritage. In slavery days they developed a ceremony called “ring shout” in which participants danced in a ritual fashion in a circle amidst the rhythmical pounding of sticks and then, at the culminating moment, experienced possession by the Holy Spirit while shouting expressions of praise and thanksgiving. The ring shout raises the subject of cultural change among the Gullah, as this custom, like some other Gullah practices, seems to have completely died out. Most of what we know about Gullah customs and traditions comes from studies done in the 1930s and 1940s before the isolation of the Gullah community began to break down. Some of the customs reported then have, no doubt, disappeared like the ring shout; but others, quite clearly, have not. Visitors to the South Carolina Sea Islands still find the Gullahs’ doors and windows painted blue to ward off witches and evil South Carolina Gullahs, about 1900. Men using a mortar and pestle. spirits. And tourists traveling by car through coastal South Carolina and Georgia on their way south to Florida still encounter Gullah women selling their traditional baskets on the roadsides. These handsome baskets greatly resemble the Sierra Leonean shukublay. A few examples of Gullah customs and traditions are sufficient to convey their distinctive African spirit. Gullah burial customs begin with a drum beat to inform people that someone in town has died. Mirrors are turned to the wall so the corpse cannot be reflected. The funeral party takes the body to the cemetery, but waits at the gate to ask permission of the ancestors to enter. Participants dance around the grave, singing and praying, then smash bottles and dishes over the site to “break the chain” so that no one else in the same family will soon die. Then, the funeral group returns to town and cooks a large meal, leaving a portion on the veranda for the departed soul. In slavery days some Gullahs called this cooking ceremony saraka, a term derived from Arabic and familiar to most West Africans. The Gullah believe in witchcraft, which they callwudu, wanga, joso, or juju. They say that witches can cast a spell by putting powerful herbs or, roots under a person’s pillow or at a place where he usually walks. There are special individuals called “Root Doctor” or “Doctor Buzzard” who can provide protection against witchcraft or withdraw the effects of a curse. – Joseph A. Opala

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please click above picture to watch a presentation of the Gullah people as taught by Ron Shields.

God of the Hebrews

ANAYAH  – the Most High – there is a people chosen and I am afraid that who this world calls chosen is not who the Most High calls chosen…the people that are oppressed are the ONE’s  ANAYAH calls chosen…this revelation is now being revealed