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The term “Europe”

This word has had a very interesting history. Now it has a more or less concrete definition, complete with boundaries, maps and dictionaries to back it up. But it wasn’t always this way. Even today there’s no physical boundary between it and Asia. Consider this quote from Wikipedia (bolding mine):

“Europe is a continent that comprises the westernmost part of Eurasia. Europe is bordered by the Arctic Ocean to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the west, and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. The eastern boundary with Asia is a historical and cultural construct, as there is no clear physical and geographical separation between them; Europe is generally considered as separated from Asia by the watershed divides of the Ural and Caucasus Mountains, the Ural River, the Caspian and Black Seas, and the waterways of the Turkish Straits.[4] Yet the non-oceanic borders of Europe—a concept dating back to classical antiquity—are arbitrary. The primarily physiographic term “continent” as applied to Europe also incorporates cultural and political elements whose discontinuities are not always reflected by the continent’s current overland boundaries.”

– Taken from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Europe, 4th May 2017

The word is of Greek origin, literally translating as “wide eye” or “wide face”. Don’t ask me whose face or eyes are being referred to!

Maybe people with Waardenburg Syndrome?
Or square jaws?

Going back in time, Europe didn’t refer to the same region as today. When the term first started being applied to a place, it meant a much much much smaller place. Ancient Greeks basically used Europe as a new name for Thrace, the home of the ancient Thracian people, and over the years it was expanded to an area more recognisable to modern eyes.

Where would Thrace be today? It’s split between three countries: Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey, like so (the yellow bits).

That’s a far cry from Herodotus’s definition of Europe (including India?!?):

And is it just me, or was he trying to claim Egypt as part of Asia?!? The fuck?!?

As well as Eratosthenes’s and Herodotus’s map:

Which is a far cry from the modern Mercator map definition:

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Which is a little off from the more accurate Gall-Peters projection map (red circling mine):

Gall-Peters projection map (round & flat models, europe highlighted in red)

But before all of that, Europe wasn’t the name of a place at all. It was a person’s name – specifically a Phoenician princess. The final ‘e’ wasn’t silent, so it was pronounced more like “you-roper,” hence why it’s nowadays spelt Europa. According to Greek mythology, this princess was kidnapped and carried across the sea by a white bull (see featured image above). That bull was king of the gods Zeus, up to his old date-rape tricks again.

DOST THOU DARE TO CRITICISE ME, MORTAL?!?!?

It’s also important to point out something about who Europa was. She was the mother of the king of Crete Minos, who himself was the father of the Minotaur. Europa herself, however, wasn’t from Crete but from Tyre, Phoenicia.

Where is that?

Phoenicia is the Greek name for what the Bible calls Canaan which is named after Canaan, son of Noah’s 2nd son Ham. According to Biblical genealogy, Ham fathered many of the African & Afro-Asiatic peoples. This is evinced by the fact that Canaan (the place) was situated on the coasts of modern Lebanon (where Tyre is), Syria, Palestine/Israel and Turkey as well as Carthage, Tunisia.

That, plus Europa’s curly black hair in the featured image*, should give a huge clue about her ethnic appearance. That image is from approximately 340BC, and another is from around 500 or 490BC, both of which are somewhat close to the time she was supposed to have lived.

* And brownish-orange skin? Despite what a lot of “European” historians like to think, that could very well have been depicting her real skin tone because the artist took the time to paint the bull an unambiguous white. Hmmm…

Other images you might see on the Internet, like the ones below, are from much later periods, spanning the time of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.

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The Abduction of Europa, 1716
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The Abduction of Europa, 1632
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The Rape of Europa, 1562

On a slight tangent, Thrace was also the name of Europa’s sister in Greek myth. Which may say something about the Thracians…

And may give yet more credence to the ‘whites’-are-albino-Asians theory…

His name wasn’t Christopher Columbus!

Did you know that? The guy who “discovered”* the Americas was actually called Cristoforo Colombo! Since he was ITALIAN he had an ITALIAN name!

*(after the Arawaks/ Taìnos/ Algonquins/ other native groups and Vikings, that is)

This is an example of anglicisation, the English habit of altering foreign names or words to sound more English, or at least European. To a degree everyone does it, but English people seem to take  it to a whole new level of disrespect. Sometimes the anglicised forms don’t even resemble the original.

(On a slight tangent, this is why I refused to let anyone shorten my name in school. I’ve even had one boy directly say he didn’t like my name – see how racists operate? Can’t even gather enough brainpower to repeat what they hear)

Other examples:

Ibn Sina – Avicenna

Ibn Rushd – Averroes (the fuck?!?)

Yeshua/ Yehoshua – Jesus

Muslim – Moslem/ Mohammedan

Zarathushtra – Zoroaster

Jinn – Genie

Kurush/ Kurosh – Cyrus the great

Salahuddin (pronounced sa-laa-hud-deen) – Saladin

Mikael (pronounced mi-ka-el) – Michael (pronounced my-kerl)

David (pronounced da-veed) – David (pronounced day-vid)

Yochanan/ Yochanna – John

Azania – South Africa

Jabal-Tariq – Gibraltar

Mikołaj Kopernik – Nicholas Copernicus (did you know he was Polish?)

Piyush Jindal – Bobby (WTMFH?!?)

Leo Africanus (admittedly not English but European nonetheless) – Al-Hasan ibn Muhammad al-Wazzan!!!

 

People need to stop that shit, especially Africans. Simple mispronunciations are understandable, but if someone tries to shorten or rename you without your approval, don’t allow it. And don’t do it for them just to fit in or make it easier  for them either, make them learn to adapt  to you exactly as they like to make you do.

 

Nag-Hammadi Library

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The Nag-Hammadi Library has fourteen leather-bound books from the late fourth century containing Gnostic writings. It was found in Egypt in 1945. The books contain 52 works, including the only known complete copy of the gospel of Thomas. The books are in Coptic but seem to be translated from Greek.

Among other things they say:

  • God is male and female.
  • In the Garden of Eden, the serpent was right, God lied.
  • Life is a battle not agains sin but against ignorance.
  • Jesus kissed Mary Magdalene mouth to mouth
  • Jesus preferred Mary Magdalene to Peter as the head of the church
  • Jesus laughed on the cross and danced the night before.
  • The God of Moses is a tin-pot god who could not even create the world right. He even attempted to seduce Eve.

In the library are Christian writings that do not appear in Scripture. Among others:

  • The gospel…

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