Dawn-Song and the "Evolution of the Black Aesthetic" An Outline of A Few, Key Concepts/Archetypes/Metaphors.

Author:Toure, Askia M.
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"Taking Larry Neal's resurrection of the Orisha in blues to its ultimate development, Toure' replaces Neal's use of numerous references to Black Folk culture with allusions to Egyptian history and mythology. Consequently, Toure' expands and extends the Black Aesthetic paradigm, taking it to its natural conclusion as he develops an Afrocentric paradigm reflective of the intellectual progression of the Black Aesthetic from the 1960s to the 1990s."

--Dr. Joyce A. Joyce

Introduction

In the "Sankofa" process, which is, in my opinion, ongoing, many independent thinkers attempted to "Return to the Source," explore the ancient, primordial roots of ancient African culture(s), researching the possibilities of finding useful concepts and wisdom applicable to modern Africans and the African Diaspora. In this process-and through the guidance of Venerable African scholars, like C.A. Diop, Theophile Obenga, John Henrik Clarke, Jacob Carruthers, Charles Finch, Asa Hilliard, and Ivan Van Sertima-we were able to discover what I take the liberty of naming, the "View of the South: Humanity's Primordial Worldview," the view of ancient Nile Valley Civilization: The Auset!Ausarian (lsis/Osirian) World-view, based on the principles of Truth, Justice, Righteousness, Harmony, Balance, Order, and Divine Reciprocity ... in a very simplified condensation: Our Universe functions via the Balance of Male (Ausar)/Female(Auset) forces. All things in nature are alive, sacred, and Humanity is linked to all things via an inter-relationship of what is known today as "environmentalism." The Earth is a sacred, living Being; and humans, mammals, reptiles, birds, fish, and insects are all inter-related, along with all plants; and even the waters, rocks, and mountains are alive and vibrating at whatever level with life. Some western scientists have labeled this view "animism."

Some Key Archetypes Flowing From This World-view:

The Semi-Mythical African Matriarchy: the resurrection of the primordial "Great Mother" rising from the Central/East African Lake Region. This archetype is embodied in the "Dancing Queen" of the poem, "Dawn-song!" The Dancing Queen of Ta-Seti (Kush/Nubia) as the primal embodiment of leadership development within the first, great Human Revolution-Agriculture-the foundation of human civilization. (Plant culture was developed by women!)

"Summer Worlds," the metaphorical/archetypal myth of Bronze Age Civilization, (led by Nile Valley Africa, but linked with the Asiatic "Blackheads" of Sumer in the Tigris-Euphrates valley, and the Black Dravidians of Mohenjo Daro in the Indus, along with the Phoenicians, and the "Homeric" (Cretan-derived Pelasgian) Greeks of Nile Valley descent, according to the "Classical" Greek historians, Herodotus et al). This civilization as a living Amenta [Eden, earthly...

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