Return of the Barbarians
by Ndagi Abdullahi
The word Barbarian is now used to refer to wild primitive tribes. Any uncivilized and primitive horde of wild people is usually referred to as barbarians. The most famous of the barbarians in Western history, however, refer to the hordes of warlike primitive peoples who invaded the civilized and settled cultures of Europe and Asia in the Middle Ages.
The Original Civilized Barbarians
What most of us are not aware of, however, is that the true etymology of the word barbarian actually referred to civilized and sophisticated races and cultures of prehistoric times. It is really paradoxical enough that the same word ‘Barbarian’ that is used in modern times to refer to primitive and uncouth people was originally used to refer to highly civilized people with advanced cultures and civilizations.
It is obvious that the meaning of the word ‘Barbarian’ has changed in a drastic manner from that referring to a most civilized and cultured race of human beings in prehistoric times to that now referring to uncivilized and uncultured people in historical times.
It was the ancient Greeks, especially the Athenians, who came to distort the original meaning of the word ‘Barbarian’ from referring to a race of civilized people to that of referring to uncivilized peoples. The Greeks were not barbarians because they were originally not a civilized people.
Before the time of the ancient Greeks it was the civilized world and the civilized people that were referred to as the Barbarians. But when the Greeks came as an uncivilized people they began refer to refer to anybody who is not Greek or Athenian as a Barbarian and when the Greeks later on became a rather cultured and civilized people the term ‘Barbarian’ then adopted its modern meaning of referring to uncivilized people.
By the term ‘Barbarian’ the ancients used to refer to a godly race of human beings who were far more advanced and greater than modern humanity. The story is that at the beginning of the human race there was a race of gods who were known as the Barbarians. Actually they were known as the Bara and it was this original name Bara that was pronounced in a repetitive form as Bara-bara and latter on as Barbara which is what came to be pronounced as Barbarian.
In very ancient times there was a worldwide and almighty civilization and culture known as the Bara. This Bara was a pandemic civilization and culture that lasted for a very long time for eons on end.
Bara was also known as Fara and it is one of the earliest and one of the greatest civilizations and cultures every established by humanity. Bara or Fara or, as we call them today, the Barbarians was a super civilization far more advanced in everything and every aspect than modern Western civilization.
It is hard for modern mankind to accept the fact that in prehistoric times civilizations far greater than our modern Western civilization had flourished on the face of this very planet earth. But the truth of the matter is that our modern Western civilization is actually nothing compared to the super civilizations of the past that had once upon a time flourished on the face of this very planet earth.
Humanity and human civilization has actually devolved and not evolved over the ages. It was in the past of humanity that we had supremely advanced civilizations and not in the modern times. The point here is that even the human race itself had devolved over the eons. In the beginning human beings were not only physically but were also metaphysically and spiritually far more advanced than they are today. That is why the stories of the giants replete the world mythologies of peoples from all parts of the world.
In the beginning human beings were giants and they were in possession of gigantic sciences and arts that made them established civilizations and cultures of advanced sciences and technologies that reduce our modern Western science and technology child’s play in contrast. The Bara or Fara Civilization of the Barbarians was just one of these First Civilizations of humanity that were far more advanced than our modern Western Civilization.
This Bara or Fara Civilization, known to us today as the Civilization of the Barbarians, was a super civilization of advanced human beings with highly advanced sciences and technologies. The Fara or Bara Civilization was also known as the Barasa Civilization and it was this word Barasa that the ancient Greeks and the Hellenistic world in general came to refer to as the Bronze Civilization or the Bronze Age.
So great were the people of the Bronze Age or the Bara or Barasa Civilization that latter civilizations and cultures have come to literally worshipped them as gods. The story of these original Barbarians as we see it narrated in the mythologies and works of the ancient Greeks for instance clearly painted the Barbarians and the people of the Bronze Age as a people far greater than modern mankind. The Barbarians were gods.
The Bronze Age
The original Barbarians were a race of humanity that flourished right around the very beginning of the human race. It was the age of the Barbarians that was actually and originally referred to as the Bronze Age by Hesiod, Plato and others of the Classical Greek and Greco-Roman era.
According to Hesiod, and others, the best age in the annals of humanity was the Golden Age. During this Golden Age human beings live in a paradisiacal world on this very planet earth wherein there was no labour or sorrow among human beings. After the Golden Age came the Silver Age and after the Silver Age came the Bronze Age. And some said the Bronze Age was followed by the Hero Age. All these ages, from the Golden Age through the Silver Age and the Bronze Age to the Hero Age were all paradisiacal ages with human beings living in perfect and paradisiacal conditions wherein there were no labour or sorrow. It was only at the end of the Hero Age that the gods introduced fire and the arts to humanity thereby ushering humanity into the Iron Age which is full of strife, labour and sorrow to this very day.
But our attention here is on the Bronze Age. According to the Classical Greeks the Bronze Age was, just like the Golden Age, Silver Age and the Hero Age, a paradisiacal age wherein people lived without labour or sorrow. And the people of the Bronze Age were actually the first and original Barbarians. In other words the pristine and original Barbarians were a perfect people, actually gods, from the utopian era of the Bronze Age.
The Barbarians were Gods
The original and pristine Barbarians were gods – they were perfect in every sense of the world. They were giants with anthropological – anatomical and physiological – features that were larger and greater than those of modern Homo sapiens in every aspect. Their intellectual, psychological and spiritual faculties were far higher than those of modern Homo sapiens.
Being greater and larger than modern Homo sapiens in every anthropological aspect made the Barbarians superior to modern Homo sapiens in terms of cultural and sociological development. The Barbarians were in possession of advanced culture and civilizations that were way beyond our modern cultures and Western civilization.
The culture and civilization of the original and pristine Barbarians were so advanced way beyond our modern culture and modern Western civilization that latter cultures and civilizations actually came to regard and worship the original Barbarians as gods. Yes, and as late as the Middle Ages, the Europeans and other ancient cultures around the world, were still regarding and worshipping the original Barbarians as gods even though, and by the time of the Middle Ages, the original Barbarians and their Bronze Age have already disappeared hundreds of thousands of years ago.
Africa the Original Barbaria
Interestingly the Barbarians were Black African Negroes. It was Black Negro Africa that was originally known as Bara and it was Black Negro Africans who were the first to be known as the Barbarians or the people of the Barasa otherwise referred to by the ancient Greeks as the Bronze Age.
It was Africa that was known as Bara or Barasa in very prehistoric times. In those days anything to do with the Black colour or that has to do with Black Negro Africa was known as Bara or Bara-ka or Baraka. As a matter of fact our very modern English word ‘Black’ was progressively derived from Blacka, Blaka, Balaka, Baraka, Bara-ka or Bara.
Black Africa was known as Baraka or Barasa in very prehistoric times. This Baraka is the same that has survive into modern English language as Black while Barasa has survived into modern English language as Bronze.
This same name Bara has survived in the narrative of the Semitic scriptures as Babila or Babylon. The Bible referred to it as Babylon the Great.
Babylon or Babylon the Great was a great and almighty civilization that was founded, established and flourished here in the heart of Black Negro Africa for several centuries and millennia on end before it spread its imperialist tentacles to all other parts of the world in latter times. So great was Babylon that the seer who penned down The Revelation on the island of Patmos shouted in awe that there will never be a nation or civilization as great as Babylon again in the annals of humanity.
In any case Babylon the Great was Black Negro Africa and this ancient national name Babylon was simply one of the several synonyms with which the prehistoric Bara super civilization of Black Negro Africa was known in very ancient times.
Africa as Bara was also known as Labara, from La-Bara and it was this Labara that was also pronounced as Labaya or Libya which is the origin of the modern national name Libya. Of course the whole of the eastern half of the North African continent was known, right unto the days of Antiquity, as Libya. And as a matter of fact it was the whole of Black Negro Africa that was initially known as Libya in very prehistoric times.
Black Africa or Labara was also known as Labarata and this was the same prehistoric national name that the ancients Latinized as ‘Liberty’. They worshipped Black Negro Africa as Labarata or Liberty and continuously dreamed, to this very day, of re-establishing that utopian Black Negro African super civilization that is one of the greatest civilizations and cultures ever witnessed by humanity.
And so we see from all these that Africa was the original Barbaria and Black Negro Africans were the original Barbarians in the days when the name Barbarian carried a lofty connotation of referring to the Black African Negroes as the greatest of all people on the face of the planet earth in those far away days.
In former times the term Barbarian referred to the great Black African Negro race that ruled the entire world during the great age variously known to us today as the Bronze Age, Barasa, Barata, Labara or Bara.
The Latter Primitive Barbarians
So great were the Barbarians that hundreds of thousands of years after the end of their Bronze Age the world was still revering and worshipping the Barbarians during the Middle Ages.
It was in awe of the original Barbarians of the Bronze Age that the people of the Middle Ages referred to the wild and primitive tribes as Barbarians. During the Middle Ages a large number of cave-dwelling and pastoral primitive tribes were impacting on the civilized and settled cultures of Europe and were threatening to bring down the Western civilization of those days. These wild and primitive tribes, untainted by the ravages of civilization, were referred to as the ‘Latter Barbarians’ by European historians for the very fact that these primitive tribes were untainted by civilization and were, more importantly, giants in stature.
The primitive tribes were mainly referred to as the Barbarians because they were giants – gigantism was a defining feature of the original Barbarians of the Bronze Age. As a matter of fact the European historians of the Middle Ages were of the view that the primitive latter-day Barbarians were nothing but remnants of the original Barbarians of the Bronze Age.
The opinion among the European historians of the Middle Ages was that at the end of the Bronze Age the original Barbarians didn’t just become extinct but were simply relegated to the backwoods of the civilized world by the incoming people of the Hero Age that immediately followed and replaced the Bronze Age. It is then assumed that it was while relegated to the backwoods of the civilized world that the Barbarians gradually deteriorated from being a supremely civilized and cultured people to the primitive cave-dwellers and hunter-gatherers they were by the time of the Middle Ages. The Barbarians, it was however observed, generally retained their gigantic stature to some extent throughout the hundreds of thousands of years they spent behind the confines of the civilized world.
There were always the story of the Iron Walls in those days, namely, that the original Barbarians were deliberately barred from the civilized world and chained behind Iron Walls with Iron Gates at the end of the Bronze Age and that it was only during the medieval period, that is hundreds of thousands of years later, that the Barbarians were able to break down these Iron Walls and Iron Gates and were then able to invade and despoil the civilized world.
All over Europe in those medieval days there were the stories of Barbarian tribes locked up behind Great walls and Iron Gates and that these ancient Barbarian gates are eternally struggling to break down these walls and invade the civilized world. And, interestingly enough, there were remnants of Great Walls and Iron Gates all over Europe in those days. In the Caucasus, for instance, there were still remnants of Great Walls and Iron Gates. And the Great Wall of China was also being built in those days.
But the interesting sideline to this story is that the medieval fear or dread of primitive Barbarians bursting out on the civilized world was borne out of a real and true historical phenomenon that took place a long before the time of the Middle Ages. Back in the days of the Indo-Aryan invasion of the settled and civilized world the Indo-European primitive tribes and the Aryans in general were the true and original Barbarians who after hundreds of thousands of years behind the confines of the civilized world burst upon the civilized world and destroyed civilization.
The Aryan invasion and sack of the civilized world was the true and original story of the destruction of the civilized world by the original Barbarians after they had been locked behind the confines of civilization for hundreds of thousands of years. And the Aryan invasion and sack of the civilized world was a worldwide affair and not peculiar to Europe as medieval European historians were wont to assume. We could see, for instance, that the story of the Aryans invasion and sack of the civilized world was told in exhaustive and plenary details in the Indian scriptural epics of the Vedas and the Puranas.
The Aryan invasion and sack of the civilized world was a worldwide affair and was actually much more concentrated in and more pronounced on the African continent for the very fact that in the days that the Aryan Invasion took place Africa was the centre of world culture and civilization. The Sahara Desert in North Africa remains a lasting legacy, to this very day, of the catastrophic consequences of the Aryan invasion. But the deserts of Arabia, Asia and Central America were also the results of this Aryan Invasion of the civilized world.
The Aryan Invasion, however, took place such a long time ago, some five to ten thousand years ago, that by the time of the Middle Ages little was known for sure about it except for the certitude that the original Barbarians were giants and had become degenerate primitives due to being confined to the backwoods of civilization for hundreds of thousands of years.
In any case the story and dread of the Barbarians were still fresh in the minds of the Europeans during the medieval ages and they accordingly referred to any primitive tribe that posed a threat to culture and civilization as Barbarians. Interestingly enough some scattered and independent cases of barbarian invasion also took place during the medieval period as we see for instance in the case of the Gauls’ invading France, the Mongols and Tartars invading Asia and so on and on. But these latter, and medieval, barbarian invasions were nothing but insignificant re-enactment of the true and real Barbarian Invasion that took place during the time of the Indo-European and Aryan Invasion and sack of the civilized world several thousands of years before the Middle Ages.
In any case the Barbarians eventually sank back into the backwoods of civilization after they have invaded, sacked and laid civilized cultures to waste. Being a primitive people they could not sustain the fabrics of civilized culture for long.
Return of the Barbarians
The interesting aspect of this present discussion of ours on the Barbarians, however, is the fact that Africa is on the rise and the true Barbarians, that is the Black African Negroes, will return back to dominating and ruling the world.
As we have discussed in exhaustive details at the beginning of this work the original Barbarians were the Black African Negroes of the Bronze Age. And, as was also testified to by the Classical Greeks writers, the Bronze Age was a great age whereby human beings were super human in contrast to modern mankind. And these super humans of the Bronze Age were Black African Negroes. They were the original Barbarians.
As we did discussed in some details in the earlier sections of this present work the original Black African Negro Barbarians were so great that founded and established the super civilization of Bara which eventually spread to all other parts of the world.
But these original Black African Negro Barbarians finally disappeared from history with the fall of the Black World Order which began with the Golden Age and ended with the Bronze Age or the Hero Age. It was after the demise of the original Black African Nero Barbarians of the Bronze Age that the wild, uncivilized cavemen barbarians of Europe and the Indo-European general area appeared and came to give the bad connotation to the name Barbarian to this very day.
The demise of the original and civilized Black African Negro Barbarians of the Bronze Age was consequent upon the end of the Black World Order and the rise of the White Code. But the reverse is now the course of world events – the Black World Order is gradually coming back to dominate and rule the world again while the White Code is on the gradually decline. With the Black World Order the Black Negro Africans and Africa will come back to dominating and ruling the world again.
Africa is coming back to rule the world again and this simply means that the Bronze Age or the Age of the Original Black African Negro Barbarians is coming back to dominate ad rule the world again.