Safa: The High Orality of the Ancients – by Ndagi Abdullahi


Safa is the ubiquitous name with which the oral literatures or oral scriptures of the Darkness Religion of the ancients were referred to. Over the eons the term ‘Safa’ therefore became a very general and comprehensive one that came to, in effect, referred to Darkness Religion itself in its entirety.

Albeit, and as we have noted before, Safa originally referred specifically to the oral literature of Darkness Religion. It is the same as we might refer to today as the ‘Scriptures’ of Darkness Religion.

An etymological analysis of the word ‘Safa’ will reveal that the term is itself of comparatively recent origins in the annals of mankind. ‘Safa’ is a compound term constituted of ‘Isa’ and ‘Ifa’ which when joined together beyond doubt means, in an applied sense, ‘Ancient Isa’ or ‘Ancient Religion’.

That ‘Isafa’ or ‘Safa’ means ‘Ancient Isa’ also implies that the chronological origin of the term can be traced to the rise of First Isa super-civilization. The deducible point here is that, since the religion of Isa world dispensation was known as ‘Sara’ it was very much the possibility that the people of Isa Age referred to an earlier religion as ‘Sarafa’ or the ‘the Sara of Ifa’, that is the religion of Ifa world dispensation which preceded Isa world dispensation.

Safa High Oral Literature

To us the most remarkable feature of Safa is the fact that it was a super-religion that sustained great civilizations for millennia but in turn solely subsisted on the perfect utility values of orality in the form of memorization and recitation.

The orality of the religion of Safa was essentially the same memorization and recitation that we have been discussing all along. In this regard it should by the way be remembered that orality refers to memorization, digestion and regurgitation.

As we were saying, the essence of Safa communication is the orality documentary of memorization and recitation. Safa is the pre-Isa Age of old. The pre-Isa era obviously refers to a very remote time in the range of the ultraprotoprehistoric eon. This is because Isa Age is itself a very remote age.

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The emergence of First Isa Age can only be calculated in scores of millennia and can not be less than a million years ago. This means that the religion of Safa, which predated the rise of Isa Age, must not have been less than a million plus several millennia from now. This are speculations, but they give us some chronological basis, however rough-hewn, for pivoting the temporal parameters of our discussions.

So, to resume, if the age of Safa religion is in the range of a million or so years, the implication is that orality in the form of memorization and recitation scriptures, flourished at its peak a million or more years ago.

In a word, Safa is remarkable in the sense that it was a super high religion that sustained great civilizations for millions of years solely on the basis of orality. In other words without the aid or facility of writing and reading the super religion of Safa was able to maintain and sustained religions for millions of years. With the just the sole facility of orality in the form of memorization and recitation the super religion of Safa was able to sustained great civilizations for millions of years throughout the one or so billion years that the Black World Order lasted.

Safa religion is all about memorization, recitation an regurgitation. Safa is also refers to the very remote age that preceded the Isa Age. The Isa Age is itself a very remote age and, accordingly, Safa refers to a very, very remote age in the past of mankind.

The fact that the First Isa age is not less than a million years away from the present means that the religion of Safa first flourished more than a million years ago since the age of the first reign of Safa preceded the rise of the First Isa age.

Memorization the best form of Documentation and Communication

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Why did Safa religion relied so absolutely on orality in general and memorization and recitation in particular? The answer lies in the very super-fine documentary utility capabilities of memorization and recitation particular and orality in general.

The ancients, the people of Safa and thereabouts, knew that there can hardly ever be a better means of documentation and communication than memorization and recitation. The ancients knew, better than modern mankind, that orality is the best and highest form of documentation.

Whatever information is recorded and stored through memorization and recitation can hardly ever be lost or tampered with provided the persons and the social institutions responsible for such oral literatures exist.

A closer and candid critical analysis of the phenomenon of orality will show that it is in fact one of, if not, the best form of documentation and most perfect means of communication. It is for this reason that the religions of the ancients, prominent among which was Safa, were based on orality in the form of memorization and recitation and its paraphernalia of edetic mnemonics and oral literatures.

For shortness sake, the religion of Safa relied so heavily on orality in the form of memorization and recitation because these two, that is memorization and recitation, are extremely effective means of communication and documentation.

The ancients, being wiser and more intelligent than modern mankind, were well aware of the fact that there is no better means of communication and documentation than orality in the form of memorization and recitation.

The point is that a data or information that is memorized and is being constantly recited can not be tampered with either in the form of misinterpretation or outright adulteration. This was more so the obtainable case in ancient times when ancient societies were built on the basis of orality and the cultures and general sociology of the ancients were such that the social settings will not allow any attempt at the adulteration or misinterpretation of memorized and recited information.

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The fact that orality in the form of memorization and recitation is the best form of documentation and recitation explains the reason why all the religions of the ancients, including most prominently the super religion of Safa, were based on orality in the form of memorization and recitation.

Safa and the Oral Scriptures

The methodology of memorization and recitation as a documentary means of communication for the religion of the Ancients is in the form of oral scriptures. These oral scriptures were in the manner of oral spiritual compositions – in metric and metered lines as is our poems of today – that were subjected to continuous memorization and recitation.

These oral scriptures may be divine revelations from God or sacred compositions by saints who were capable of divine inspirations. This is the origin of the phenomenon today referred to as the scriptures. By our conventional definitions a scripture is a divine compilation of the oral literature of a particular religion. These scriptures came to be known to the ancients simply as ‘Safa’.

Safa in Islam

On the Arabic tongue we found the word as ‘Suhuf’ in the singular and as ‘Sahifa’ in the plural. At any rate Arabic got both the words ‘Suhuf’ and ‘Sahifa’ from the transmission of its primogenitary Ethiopic linguistic roots. In Persia this same Safa religion has survived in the form of the word ‘Sofi’ or ‘Suhf’ out of which the term ‘Sufi’ and ‘Tasawwuf’ had consequently arisen. No wonder the stigmatizing claim has all along dogged Sufism as having derived it’s from prehistoric Persian mysticism.

Safa in Greek Philosophy

Among the Greeks this same Safa religion has survived in the form of the word ‘Farasafa’ or ‘Philosophy’ which became the degenerated culture of the Natural Philosophy with we saw the Greeks engaged in at the tail of Antiquity. Obviously Philosophy was the higher form of the religion, Safa, which the Greeks adopted from the ancient ancestors of the pre-Isa and Isa world dispensation eras.

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