By Charles M. Six
President, Ending Stereotypes for America
It's astounding that people can believe that Africans, because of their so called witch-doctors--who were basically physicians and herbalists-- are and were more primitive philosophically and religiously than other ethnic groups, especially considering that Europeans and Americans sacrificed thousands of people because of their fear of witchcraft and the supernatural. It’s also ironic that the Western world sometimes believes it is more advanced spiritually than pagan
As I have shown in other chapters, human sacrifice and cannibalism was commonplace among Europeans.1 Below are a few quotes that from men who witnessed these sacrifices first hand:
"I was reluctant to pry into the details of this sacrifice…Let them be as they are and were from the beginning."
Greek traveler-writer Pausanias describing the tribal ritual of the Arkadians, a people to the North of Rome, who would kill, dismember and devour their children.2
"Concerning this island, I have nothing further to tell…except that its inhabitants are more savage than the Britons, since they are man-eaters….they count it an honorable thing, when their fathers die, to devour them, and openly to have intercourse with their mothers and sisters."
Greek geographer, Strabo, in 7BC on the Celts in Ireland.3
"They believe that the execution of those who have been caught in the act of theft or robbery or some crime is more pleasing to the immortal gods, but when the supply of such fails they resort to the execution of the innocent."
Caesar on the Gauls located in France, Caesar, VI, 164
Some common practices among the white Europeans are hard to imagine. A clan in
It wasn't until Christianity spread throughout dark
"Africa, long thought of by Europeans as a breeding ground for the occult, was more than matched by Europe, with its own manias for alchemy, astrology and witch burning. In the 15th Century, superstitious parishioners often danced among the graves in churchyards in hopes of protecting themselves from the plague--while the skulls of plague victims peered quizzically at them. During the same period,
Europeans, moreover, were constantly duped by promises of miraculous transformations and cures. Elixirs of life, magnets to attract diseases from the body, magic potions and healing fragments of the, 'true Cross," were common. Even such prominent intellectuals as Thomas Aquinas and Roger Bacon searched relentlessly for the philosopher's stone, the mystical charm of alchemy supposed to transform dross into gold. Yet despite all their delusions, Europeans thought of themselves as paragons of dignity and sensibility--while regarding faraway Africans as frightened primitives and painted witch doctors."7
Christian Ethiopia, on the other hand, was much more in tune with modern day western religious thought than their European counterparts.8 "Eschatology and mysticism,"
I can just hear people watching the movie, Shaka Zulu, when a chunk of a traitors arm was cut off in a witchcraft like ceremony, muttering, "savages," or "those people are sick,"-referring to the innate nature of blacks, but when watching, "The Crucible," about the Salem Witch Trials, proclaiming in astonishment, "I can't believe those people (referring just to those individuals committing the acts) are doing that." It reminds me of a comment Bill Cosby made, which goes something like this: If an old white drunk falls off a chair, it's just an old drunk falling off the chair, but if it's a old black drunk falling off the chair, it's the whole damn race. Massive genocide, inhumane cruelties, and silly mysticism has gone on in every region, including America, yet when it occurs in a black nation people often attribute it to the innate nature of black people, which is of course ridiculous.
7Davidson, Basil. African Kingdoms.