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    More Yoruba Cosmology Revealed.... Stay Tuned, REality Ausetkmt Live Patiently in the world; know that those who hate you are
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      More Yoruba Cosmology Revealed....
      Stay Tuned,

      REality Ausetkmt

      "Live Patiently in the world; know that those who hate you
      are more numerous than those who love you" {african proverb}
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      From: osun <osun@...>
      To: The Black List <TheBlackList@...>
      Sent: Saturday, May 29, 1999 8:40 PM
      Subject: Exciting NEWS!!!!

      > The Black List - http://www.themarcusgarveybbs.com
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      > Archaeologists find clues to Queen of Sheba in Nigeria, Find May Rival
      > Egypts's Pyramids
      > http://www.NigeriaNews.net/cgi-local/getNewsArticle.cgi?id=1539
      > BRITISH scientists have unearthed in Nigeria's rain forest a suspected
      > centre of oneof Africa's greatest kingdoms and possible burial place
      > of the legendary Queen of Sheba - pushing the country to the fore of
      > ancient history.
      > Hidden in the forest of the old Ijebu Kingdom, a few
      > hours drive from Lagos, are the Eredo earthworks reputedly larger than
      > the famous great pyramids of Egypt. The teamof scientists from
      > Bournemouth
      > University, working with archaeologist Dr. Patrick Darling, have
      > concluded
      > a preliminary survey of the earthworks, comprising a wall and ditch
      > measuring 14 metres high and about 160 kilometres long.Builders of
      > the earthworks had shifted an estimated 3.5m cubic metres of earth
      > tobuild the ramparts - one million cubic metres more than the amount
      > of rock and earth which went into building the Greta Pyramid of Cheops
      > in Egypt.
      > The ramparts marked out what is believed to be the boundary
      > of the original Ijebu Kingdom ruled by the Awujale. Civil wars and
      > the arrival of the British eventually broke the kingdom's centuries-old
      > Lagos lagoon trade monopoly. Darling described the Eredo site as a
      > breathtaking find, with many of its remains relatively intact, although
      > overgrown by the rain forest.
      > ";We are not linking whatwe found to a city, but to
      > a vast kingdom boundary rampart,"; he told the British Broadcasting
      > Corporation (BBC).The archaeologist added: ";The vertical sided ditches
      > go around the area for 100miles (160km), and it is more than 1,000
      > years old. That makes it the earliest proof of a kingdom founded in
      > the African rain forest";. But more intriguing still is the suggested
      > link to the Queen of Sheba, one of theworld's oldest love stories.
      > According to the Biblical Old Testament, the Queen, ruler
      > of Saba, sent a camel train of gold and ivory
      > to King Solomon. The king wooed and married the
      > queen after she became overwhelmed by the splendour of his palace,
      > and their son began a dynasty of rulers in Ethiopia. The Bible dates
      > the queen's reign to the 10th century BC, and modern scholars haves
      > peculated that a link between Judea and an ancient African queen
      > led to theemergence of Judaism in Ethiopia.
      > In a tale closely linked to that in the Bible,
      > the Koran describes the Queen as asun worshipper based in the Arabian
      > peninsula, who was converted to Islam. Arabian legend names the queen
      > ";Bilqis,"; and links her to the incense trade which was then asource
      > of great regional power.But 500-year-old Portuguese documents hint
      > at the power of an Ijebu Kingdom, andbuild the case for Sheba being
      > on the other side of the continent.Darling, the archaeologist, said
      > local people around the Eredo monuments link thearea to Bilikisu Sungbo,
      > another name for Sheba.
      > Local tradition speaks of a great queen building
      > a vast monument of remembrance, and there is a yearly pilgrimage to
      > what is believed to be her grave.The region's long history of gold and
      > ivory trade and the cultural importance of eunuchs linked to royal
      > households further support the Sheba link. ";I don't want tooverplay
      > the Sheba theory but it cannot be discounted,"; Darling said.
      > He added: ";The local people believe it, and that's what is important.
      > Hundreds or thousands of pilgrims come to this area every year to
      > honour what could be her grave, a magical shrine grove under tall
      > trees."; She is very much a real figure to local people. She is
      > associated with the earlier figure of Bilikisu Sungbo, but I think
      > the traditional figure was a powerful matriarch. The most cogent
      > argument against it at the moment is the dating.";
      > Darling, a member of the African Legacy educational
      > organisation which is working with the Nigerian government, said
      > that Eredo could become Nigeria's first world heritage site,
      > joining monuments such as Stonehenge in the United Kingdoms, and
      > the Pyramids of Egypt. According to him, Eredo has remained hidden
      > to the outside world because of the lackof scientific and
      > archaeological research in West A..frica.";
      > What is exciting about this for me is that we are beginning to
      > bring out the tremendous political and cultural achievements of
      > black Africa. But there is a lot more work that we can do in the
      > region,"; he said.
      > Some pictures of the finds are on the BBC Africa website. To get
      > to it, click on the BBC Africa link in the 'Other News Sites'
      > section on the left menu.
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