“Every one of the 16 million Africans abducted and sold had a similar story. Every African had a family left behind, a job, a past, a world in which he or she belonged. Every slave had to come to their own terms of submission or die.”
Africans were not always slaves, nor did they lack cultural and socio-political institutions prior to the transatlantic slave trade.
Of the 10.7 million Africans who were enslaved in the Americas, approximately one million were Muslims. Yet slavery all but erased the Muslim faith in America. Nevertheless, enslaved Muslims shared a unique cultural and religious identity that proved to have a lasting impact on American culture.
It all started in the savannas of the Sahel, the 1000-mile wide savannah belt just south of the Sahara desert that stretches from the Atlantic coast in the west to the Red Sea in the east. In the Sahel, people from Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, Mali, and neighboring countries created, out of various influences, a musical style that eventually traveled west with the transatlantic slave trade and transformed itself on the American plantations.
The Ankh was sacred to the ancient Egyptians (this is actually the land of Ancient Kemet – “the land of the Blacks” – which the Greeks later renamed Egypt) and is known as the original cross.
This symbol stands for life or living, and forms part of the Egyptian words such as ‘health’ and ‘happiness.’ The Key of Life which would unlock the gates of death, The cross of life. It is linked with the Egyptian God Osiris and the Goddess Isis: the Eternal Mother and High Priestess who carries the Ankh in Her hand.
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