I am no student of ancient writings or symbols of Egypt.
Walter Williams makes the above claim and gives the following as his reasons
- in order for the Medu-Netcher or hieroglyphs to have been deciphered, one would have had to ask the ancient Egyptians who drew the symbols what he/she meant for them to be
- no one can put a phonetic alphabetical value to symbols
- you cannot apply a language or languages to symbols that one does not know the meaning of
- it is impossible to reduce the 400 or more symbols of the hieroglyphs to 26 letters of the alphabetical system
HE argues further that pioneers in Egyptology (sic) as Barthelemy, Count Silvestre de Sacy and Champillion arbitrarily assigned letters to symbols and these were then accepted by Western academia.
Quoting Carol Andrews writing for the British Museum on the Rosetta Stone who wrote
it is not possible, strictly speaking, to compile an alphabet of hieroglyphic signs. For practical purposes, however, certain unilateral hieroglyphics have been selected to form a kind of alphabet which is universally used for the organization of dictionaries, word lists, index and for general reference purposes,
he makes the point that one can not use the Rosetta Stone to decipher the Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs.
Historians and linguists, what say you?
Who between the Egyptians, the Greeks or the Arabs first invented mathematics? Here, I mean not just how many bushels make a loaf but calculations for pi, hypotenuse, area of a sphere and so on?
Diop maintain it was the Egyptians and there are papyrus dating far back as 2000bce to prove it.
Myth or Reality by Cheikh Anta Diop, a review.
I promised to do this at the earliest opportunity and so here we are. For the purposes of this review, we will not dwell on whether the Egyptians were a “black White people”, a “reddish brown white” or whatever other shade of white you can think of. All we will mention here that they depicted their god, Osiris, as black.
Diop argues that the only place or rather to the only people that circumcision/ excision made any sense were those of ancient Egypt. He argues, to these ancients, just as their gods were hermaphrodite, babies too were. So by removing a small part from the male or female organ, these children became male or female. Before circumcision, they were all like gods.
He says the evidence available to us shows the Egyptians were to pray to their gods at minimum 7 times a day. In this respect, the Mohammedians only sought to reduce the burden of the people by making the minimum number of prayer times 5.
He argues because of their settled lifestyle as a result of abundant food supplies along the Nile valley, they had the luxury to worship gods. He also argues these societies were matriarchal. And that patriarchy started with the nomads, that is, almost everyone else except the Egyptians.
From his works, one can arrive at the conclusion that the Bible/ Torah is legend based on the stories the Jews had heard laced with creative imagination.
It’s an easy to read book. Well written. He has attempted to provide documentary support for his many claims from Egyptian frescoes to statements from those who interacted with Ancient Egypt such as Herodotus. It’s a book I would recommend to anyone.