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The scarification of the Nuba women’s bodies reflects their role in society and reflects their responsibilities. However it is not only scars that denote a woman’s status. Only girls that have not yet been pregnant normally cover their entire bodies with a mixture of oil and ochre. A woman’s hair is also shaved at the initial stage of pregnancy and is only allowed to grow back after birth. | Image scanned from the publication “Decorated Skin, a world survey of body art” by Karl Gornin.
This ties in with the latest episode of A Nubians Thoughts..yessir
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(Source: journeyintotheendnight, via dahlingnikki)
SYMBOLS & MYSTICISM #18
Appropriation or Representation. How do we decide?
Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra from the 1963 epic drama of the same name.
I say it’s more alarming than both those things. White people actually believe that the Egyptians were White and that Cleopatra was White. That’s why the West is obsessed with Egypt (forming multiple Egyptomania crazes). They have adopted it as their own exotic history. For that to happen, they must imagine the Egyptians and Cleopatra as White. They ignore the fact that Egypt is in Africa and that ancient Egyptian civilization shared more in common with other African civilizations than it did with the White civilizations around the Mediterranean Sea. They portray Egyptians as White or, recently, tan. I’ve seen this in multiple so-called “historical” documentaries on the “History Channel.” That shit is simply not accurate. The reason they make them White is because they’ve literally appropriated the history as part of their own history. It was the greatest civilization in ancient history and for that reason, White supremacy insists ancient Egyptians were White.
And they’ve been claiming it for so long now that they have seriously forgotten that the ancient Egyptians were African.
African Egyptologist Cheikh Anta Diop documents how early Egyptology invented the myth that ancient Egyptians were white in The African Origin of Civilization.
Also, Cleopatra was not White. With the way they keep making stories about her, you would think they know a lot about her. But they actually don’t know much about her at all. What they do know mostly comes from Roman sources which were written hundreds of years after her death and the Romans hated her (because she was a woman, she had power, and she was foreign) so they didn’t have any reason to be particularly accurate. She was the ruler of one of the richest empires in the world and yet today she’s remembered as a seductress. It’s preposterous.
So, no. I don’t think its simple appropriation or representation. I think it’s mythologizing and whitewashing. If Egyptian civilization can be turned White, any ruler.. any group.. any achievement.. can also be White washed. That’s scary to me.
And White people will pretend like it doesn’t matter. But if it didn’t matter, then why do they keep trying to make them White?
(Source: ericaleshai, via ericaleshai)
I was reading my beloved ASOS mag and there was an article on the founder of WAH Nails..she shared her top tips which are very motivational so thought I’d share it with y’all.