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African Origins of Ancient Asia- Myth or Mystery?

Updated on July 20, 2014

Black Chinese in Literature

In Chinese literature the black races of China were known as the Li- Min ( Black headed people), Kunlung, Li- Qiang ( Black Qiang),Yi, and Yueh. The famous Chinese cultural hero Huang Di, which translates to " Hu Nak Kunte" was said to be a direct descendant of the Manding speaking tribes of Africa. Arriving from the west his name "Kunte" common amongst the Mande clans from which he allegedly descends. The first Shang king named Xuan Wang or 'Black King' (as Xuan means black) was also called the Xuan Di or "Black Emperor". The Shang king named called Xuan Mu translated to "Black Oxen"as the founder of the Shang Dynasty, Xuan Niao means "Black Bird".

Ancient China's Black Civilizations

Although most information on the history of Asia is elusive on any details pertaining to the ancient black ethnic civilizations that once existed there, the fact still remains that there is evidence of their presence in archaeological data and genealogical research. The two major empires that have a mysterious connection to African roots are the Xia and Shang- Li (Yin) Dynasties. The founders of these two civilizations have been traced backed to the fertile crescent by way of what is now known as Iran. Linguistically, very little is known about the pronunciations of language in Ancient China but the similarities in writing styles amongst the Shang- Li and the ancient inhabitants of the Indus Valley are undeniable. Both groups used the technique of writing styles using shell and bone to carve out wedged shapes into stone as seen on pottery found in China dating back to around 2000 B.C. The Dravidian and Manding speaking tribes of Ancient Saharan African also used this style of writing in African cuneiform making similar shapes with almost identical meanings as outlined by Clyde Winters. The archaeological research of F. Weidenreich in Bull. Nat. Hist. Soc. Peiping 13, (1938-30) and K.C Chang in The archaeology of ancient China notated that oceanic negroid skulls were excavated in Northern and Southern China placing them back in Ancient Chinese periods which predates the findings of any classical Mongoloids skeletal remains.

The Mulberry Tree and Ten Suns

In Chinese mythology there is tale of ten three legged sun's who resided in a Mulberry tree. All were shot down but one by an archer by the name of Yi. It is said the the story purports the unifying of the ten founders of the Shang dynasty under one. Ironically, the Ancient chinese revered ancestral totems of which the black bird was a classic symbol of the black ethnic groups in china. Could it be that the mythological story was in fact a symbolic representation of the history of blacks in Ancient China?


A Naga Buddha statue with undeniable Negroid features.
A Naga Buddha statue with undeniable Negroid features. | Source

Buddha in Africa

The three enlightened ones; according to Scholar Sir William Jones, were Africans. (Anacalypsis by G. Higgins). The term Buddha is a title in fact, not a name that is given to blessed one's who have become awakened and learned how to master the mind.The ancient priesthood, Buddhism was established 500 years before Christianity, in what is now known as the Middle East. The ancient Buddhist religion of India has left many remains of scared temples scattered across a wide range of Asia. Within those temples are statues of some buddhas, some depicted as a jet black figure with tightly coiled hair, wide noses, and thick lips. Wilford, another European scholar during a treatise on the Nile in Asiatic researches wrote "nor can it be reasonably doubted, that a race of Negroes formerly had power and pre-eminence in India." A Buddha is a mortal human being who has simply realized the true nature of existence and with that realization, he is able to inspire others to do the same. It was said by Gerald Massey (book of beginnings) that the Black Buddha's of India were definitively of Negroid type and that the fashion and worship of this image, must have first been by Negroes ( Sut- Nahasi/ Nehesi) themselves.

Origin of Martial Arts

Did you know that the earliest stylized form of Martial Arts dates back 3000 years before the Chinese civilization to the land of EGYPT?

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The Golden rule of Buddhism is indeed a powerful mantra. If we are ever to unify humanity we must begin with righting the wrongs of our past. Can it be that great nations of blacks formerly possessed the dominion of Ancient Asia? Is it possible then that the famous terra cotta army of china DOES in fact have some black soldiers in the mix? Why would historical evidence suppress these findings from common history books? Does the notion that ancient africans once spread themselves out across not only asia but the earth help to bridge the gaps between the divided races of humanity? Could this theory help to explain current anomalies such newborn infants born of various ethnic groups commonly possessing what are known as "mongolian spots"? Were the first negroids in fact accustomed to migrations both on land and by sea? Or could this all just be propaganda?

Yasuke, the Samurai

Yasuke African Samurai of 16th century Japan
Yasuke African Samurai of 16th century Japan

Origins of the Japanese Samurai- Shogun

"For a Samurai to be brave, he must have a bit of Black blood."-Japanese Proverb

Around 35000 B.C a group of black chinese known as Jormon became the first inhabitants of the japanese islands.Historians say that the oceanic negroid were found in every country from the Indian ocean to southern China, the east coast and into Japan.The negro General of Japan--Sakanouye Tamurarmaro is perhaps the single most symbolized warrior in Japanese history according to anthropologist Alexander Chamberlain, and writers like Marion Pryde. The first shogun, Sakanouye Tamura Maro a famous character in Japanese history was of african descent eident by his rich pigment and frizzy hair.A military commander for the royal court of the Heian period. it was during this time that use of the term Samurai began. The Samurai were knights on guard at the Imperial Palace of Medieval Japan. This warrior class received a pension and were given the honor of wearing two swords. Only intermarrying among the class, the offspring were also given the title of Samurai, yet only heirs would received pension from the feudal lord. During his years of service, Sakanouye Tamaura Maro was named "barbarian-subduing generalissimo" or Sei-i Tai-Shogun, the first shogun and warrior statesman of Japan.(Dr. Mark Hyman,Black Shogun of Japan)

Genetic tests provide scientific proof of african ancestry in China

International research team make astounding discovery

In 1999, a team of International scientists concluded a five year study that discovered similar genetic markers withing the 65 branches of the Chinese and people of east Africa. This DNA analysis cleared the age old debate between historians and archaeologists who argued over the validity of any genetic relationship between Asians and Africans. Once again science makes a discovery that brings the world one step closer to the revelation that we are all closely related and in fact descendants of one race- the human race.

Pacific Island Aborigines

Southeast Asian
Southeast Asian

Legend of the Little Black Man of Asia

The original inhabitants of the Philippines, the Agta also known as the Aeta, Negritos, and Pygmies,can be described as having a unusually dwarf stature, spiral-haired, dark pigment,and broad-nosed phenotype. This group, now said to be extinct, were documented to be found in the Ching dynasty, Liang dynasty, in Japan, Vietnam, Cambodia,Indonesia, Micronesia, Polynesia, and other pacific islands. Practitioners of the Lapita culture, the little black man is commerated in ceremony by the Saisiyat tribe to this day. According to the Saisiyat, the little black man taught them about agriculture, and passed down some native songs to their people. In their honor the Ritual of the Little Black People is held bi-annually in the mountains of Hsinchu and Miaoli county in China.


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      Laura Lee Solomon 2 years ago

      Photography was a 19th Century innovation.

      For the 16th Century you are SOL.