|The African Code
It is through miseducation that we have come to think of Africa as being devoid of... everything. Culture, industry, intellect, technology, science, religion, humanity. African nations were destabilized politically, economically, and culturally by the exploitative, colonizing and slave-trading activities of Europe from as early as the 15th century up to the twentieth century. Africa (and Africans worldwide) provided labor and raw materials for the Industrial Revolution, and markets for the distribution and sale of manufactured goods.
African centers of higher learning, the initiation schools, were suppressed by colonial powers, and the esoteric teachings that integrated art, science, medicine, technology, and religion went underground. African people were dispersed and Africa was called "The Dark Continent".
By far, the most successful of the Bantu States of West Central Africa was Kongo, which developed a highly advanced iron technology, agrarian culture, complex trade systems, and elaborate political institutions well before the arrival of the first Europeans in the region of the late fifteenth century.
However, the glory of the Kongo state did not last long after the
European arrival, which signalled the beginning of its decline and
ultimate demise. With the European entry almost simultaneously into the
Americas and the establishment of slave based plantation systems, the fate
of Kongo and that of the New World became intertwined for the
next several centuries. Kongo, along with the other states of West Central
Africa, became the region in all of Africa where Europeans obtained the
most slaves that were transported across the Atlantic to labor on American
plantations during the 3.5 centuries of slave trading from the sixteenth
to the mid-nineteenth century.
The forbidden codes of the African secret universities were imported into the New World and were expressed and communicated in dance, music, in gesture, in speech, and foods. The entire world is informed by expressions of the African code such as ragtime, jazz, bebop, rhythm & blues, soul, hip hop, tango, mambo, rap. These African timing devices are pieces of code that have resurfaced in the Americas.
The African code tempers and modulates the rule of the key invention of the modern industrial agethe clock. In the Western world, time moves on because the clock says move. In Africa, time is formed by the activities of humansby events. If nothing happens, time stops.
Time, for the Kongo, is a
cyclical thing. It has no beginning and no end. Thanks to
dunga(events), the concept of time is understood and can be
Thanks to dunga(events), the concept of time is understood and can be understandable.