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Digging tswana roots

Call of the Shepherd
A concerted aim of this column is to show that even the southernmost Bantu nations of Africa (including the Sotho-Tswana group) migrated from Egypt long ago - from as far back as 2047 BC.
By Staff Writer Mon 25 May 2015, 21:21 pm (GMT +2)
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However, my findings operate  in mostly unchartered territory (much like John the Baptist's 'voice of one crying in the wilderness') my writings are like the call of the shepherd straining to hear the instinctive response of his flock-of-readers), my research has been well-substantiated in prior articles. Having, I discerned, taken a more westerly route than others - through Cameroon (Khama-Roggo) and Congo (the home of Tshesekedi) - the Sotho-Tswana group were less influenced by other cultures than those in the more cosmopolitan east coast of Africa. They thus kept certain aspects of the Egyptian language and lore rather better. Indeed, an ancient Sotho poem quotes: Khama-Roggo, Roggo-Tshese.

Tshese-Kedi, Kedi-Tsholo, Tsholo-Mora-pedi [i.e. mawelana (twins)-a-ga- (of) Kedi (Kadi)], Mopedi-Motaung.
There was, however, a trade-off. The Bantu nations that took the more easterly route (including the Nguni-speaking group who, in Tswana, were the Ba-koni -' northerners') seemed to have arrived somewhat later, and thus dressed and pronounced certain words  more like the ancient Egyptians did.

I gave examples of such words in prior articles. Regarding attire, one has only to compare the Zulu headdress for women with that of, for example, Queen Nefertiti, or relate Xhosa attire with the white garments preferred by the ancient Egyptians.

It would not surprise my loyal readers that we are able to trace the Sotho-Tswana term for 'sheep' - nku - to ancient Egypt and Sumer. In the Enuma-elish, often called the Babylonian Epic of Creation, the moon is called Kingu, which we can determine to be KI.NGU - 'Earth's Follower'.

In the epic, the moon was sent to follow and 'guard' Earth, hence the name. Indeed, in many other cultures, the sheep follow the shepherd (unlike here, where the shepherd drives flock from behind). The shepherd often carries a stick with a hook at the end, called the shepherd's 'crook'.

As such, the pope and other episcopal leaders often carry this stick (called a Bishop's Crook) symbolising their leading of a 'flock' of followers.  In Sumerian, sheep were also called KU' and they had KU.MAL as the symbol for Aries, the ram.

The European term for sheep (now, female sheep) was 'ewe'. Here is where I differ with the common interpretation of the term 'Jew'. Many believe they were named after Judah, the son of Jacob (who later became 'Israel'), but my research shows that they were named after the term 'ewe'.

The term, I have determined, comes from as far back as the time of Abraham, born 2123 BC in Ur. Abraham had taken over the title of 'Righteous Shepherd' of the new Age of the Ram (Aries: 2160 to 0 AD) after Ur-Nammu (2113 to 2096 BC), king of the flagship city of Ur, was tragically killed.

With his contingent of Hyksos - a term we unbundled as Hyk (king) Ku (sheep) [mo]ses (sons), and thus commonly interpreted as 'Shepherd Princes', he overran Egypt  and established a buffer zone in North (Lower) Egypt called E-sira-El (it protects El).

This was to shield off the precious shems (rockets) that were hidden by the Illui (or Elohim: the gods) in the mountain silos of Canaan (KA.NA.AN: 'the Equal (counterpart) of Heaven [on Earth]'), also called E.DIN, the 'noisy place' where the shems took off and landed.

These Hyksos, we can now see, were thus already associated with sheep, which in turn was associated with the Age of the Ram. Abraham had thus heeded the call of his Shepherd to steer his followers towards monotheism, the new outlook determined by the gods as the way forward, scheduled to reach a peak in O AD, the beginning of the New Age of the Fish (Pisces: O to 2160 AD) when a Special Being was to cement all this. Although called 'Hyksos' in Egypt, these invaders were more commonly call the Hibiru (the Red Ones: made up of the Sotho-Tswana terms hibi (bright, bold, unrestrained - opposite of inhibi, as in 'inhibit': restrain) and ru, the root of red (ru-ed), a name referring to the colour of their pale skin when exposed to the sun - which term we have associated with 'rusty' (rust is reddish in colour), rustic (rural folk - who worked the land in the hot sun and were thus reddened), ruddy (as in reddish complexion), etc.

Later, after pharaoh Apopis and his ruling Hyksos elite were expelled from Egypt in the time of Kamoses (c. 1554 to 1549 BC) and Ahmoses (1549 to c. 1541 BC ), the remaining Hibiru (Hebrews) were enslaved and Egypt was under the sway of the Enkites, the clan to which Marduk-Baal-Ra belonged. It took the efforts of Joseph to eventually gain Egypt back for the Pantheon, the Council of gods that made up the Elohim godhead, and to whom Marduk-Baal was bitterly opposed. Through his foreknowledge of the Seven Years of Famine in Upper Egypt (1440 to 1433 BC) - which, we showed, was caused by the same event that sparked off the Seven-Year Plagues in the North - he married into royalty and became the historical vizier Yuya (Ewe-ya... Sheep of...).

This was as vague a term as that of his counterpart 'Mose' (son of...). As we have shown, the Old Testament in particular was as cagy about their full names as it was about the true role of the Hyksos in Egypt.

But it was only under Amenhotep III (1390 to 1352 BC), Amenhotep II's successor, that Yuya rose to the peak of power in all Egypt. Evidently, Yuya/Joseph had 'worked' on the young king since his childhood. Indeed, Yuya's daughter Tiye duly married Amenhotep III...who then declared himself a 'Hyksos' pharaoh! This became a critical turning point in Egypt's history.

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