Sunday, November 26, 2017

Meroitic and Berber

I do not accept Meroitic as a Afro-Asiatic language. But the Beja language which belongs to the Cushitic family is related to Meroitic. I believe Meroitic is genetically related to the Niger-congo Super Family of languages . Meroites used Tocharian as a lingua franca, because of the long existence of Buddhists in Egypt and the Meroitic empire.

Just because Blazek calls the Temehus Berbers does not make them Berbers. There are no Berbers in Egypt and scarcely any in Tunesia.  Moreover  Quellec and Jelinek visited the sites and said the Temehus were C-Group people based on cultural and ideological feature, while Blazek  just used traditional Eurocentric terminology to identify imaginary Berbers.

As noted above the most eastern “Berber” group the Tuareg claim they originated in the West not  the East.

The contemporary Berbers or Amazigh are all in the West. Western Berbers linguistically has borrowings from Latin, Arabic, French, Spanish, and other sub-Saharan languages. There is generally little or no intelligibility between the dialects. 

Diop in The African Origin of Civilization noted that: “Careful search reveals that German feminine nouns end in t and st. Should we consider that Berbers were influenced by Germans or the referse? This hypothesis could not be rejected a priori, for German tribes in the fifth century overran North Africa vi Spain, and established an empire that they ruled for 400 years….Furthermore, the plural of 50 percent of Berber nouns is formed by adding en, as is the case with feminine nouns in German, while 40 percent form their plural in a, like neuter nouns in Latin”

Diop wrote in The African Origin of Civilization :” Since we know the Vandals conquered the country from the Romans, why should we not be more inclined to seek explanations for the Berbers in the direction, both linguistically and in physical appearance: blond hair, blue eyes, etc? But no! Disregarding all these facts, historians decree that there was no Vandal influence and that it would be impossible to attribute anything in Barbary to their occupation” (p.69). In addition, Berber women today continue to wear traditional garments identical to German traditional dress.

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