Great Zimbabwe… Ruins of a Truth

According to Paul Sinclair, interviewed for “None But Ourselves”:

I was the archaeologist stationed at Great Zimbabwe. I was told by the then-director of the Museums and Monuments organisation to be extremely careful about talking to the press about the origins of the [Great] Zimbabwe state. I was told that the museum service was in a difficult situation, that the government was pressurising them to withhold the correct information. Censorship of guidebooks, museum displays, school textbooks, radio programmes, newspapers and films was a daily occurrence. Once, a member of the Museum Board of Trustees threatened me with losing my job if I said publicly that blacks had built Zimbabwe. He said it was okay to say the yellow people had built it, but I was not allowed to mention radiocarbon dates… It was the first time since Germany in the thirties that archaeology has been so directly censored.

    The above interview shows decades of efforts to suppress the truth about the ruins of Zimbabwe. The ruins at Great Zimbabwe are some of the oldest and largest structures located in Southern Africa, and they are the second oldest after nearby Mapungubwe in South Africa. Its most formidable edifice, commonly referred to as the Great Enclosure, has walls as high as 36 feet (11 m) extending approximately 820 feet (250 m), making it the largest ancient structure south of the Sahara Desert. David Beach believes that the city and its state, the Kingdom of Zimbabwe, flourished from 1200 to 1500.

     It bleeds the heart when fact or truth is suppressed with vicious bias. The reason behind such suppression is repression. The world would be harmonious if each is proud of his own. Let the Arab take pride in his culture without throwing bombs; allow the Orients walk heads high about their heritage without having to ask other to commit sepukku or harakiri; let the West flaunt its ‘thing’ without looking down its nose at others; and let the African throw a black power fist in veneration of blackism as well.

    The same thing is happening in Egypt where that civilization has been denied ever having anything to do with Africans south of the Sahara. The renaissance era in the history of Egypt after a decadent period of Saitic rulers, was launched by Kushite kings from Sudan who saw their ancestors as Narmer, the first Pharaoh of the land of Kemet (Kemet meaning land of the blacks) before the Greeks changed the name to Egypt (meaning Ai-Gy-Ptos: House of Ptah).

   It has been said Arabs built Great Zimbabwe but inscription found on the walls could not be read by Arabs who visited the ruins. Zimbabwe is the Shona name of the ruins, first recorded in 1531 by Vicente Pegado, Captain of the Portuguese Garrison of Sofala, who noted, “The natives of the country call these edifices Symbaoe, which according to their language signifies ‘court’.”

The name clearly contains dzimba, the Shona term for “houses”. Apart from this, there are two suggestions for the etymology of the name:

The first theory holds that the word is derived from Dzimba-dza-mabwe, translated from the Karanga dialect of Shona as “large houses of stone” (dzimba = plural of imba, “house”; mabwe = plural of bwe, “stone”). A second theory is that Zimbabwe is a contracted form of dzimba-hwe, which means, “Venerated houses” in the Zezuru dialect of Shona, and is usually applied to chiefs’ houses or graves.

May the spirit of the Nyaminyami – god of the Zambezi River – protect the river of truth from pollution.

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