Know more about Afrikan Kingdom
By Kinjal Trivedi
It is well known that all races around the world were born from African genes. The commencement of the first Homo Sapiens was in the African region.
Interaction among humans, vocal language, painting on the rocks to give out messages of hunting and cattle, using natural resources for survival of the race, making fire was eventually used to keep the cold nights warm and ‘cooking’ food to make chewing and digesting easier. Was all found in The African continent.
So it is imperative that growth from here on happened here and the lands near to Africa.
Like the Egyptian kingdom, mud houses were built to keep the humans safe from weather and attack from wild animals. The strength of these houses were sufficient for the family of seven and more to live together and co-exist furthermore as a ‘clan’. These clans had a similar outlook towards the benefit and survival of the society.
After hunting, Animal flesh was consumed, bones were used to make weapons, and hides were used to wear on the body and make the inner lining of the houses for stronger support of walls.
Because the terrain was rocky or mountainous, the colors the then humans chose were bright and cheerful.
Their motifs had animals and humans as a mode of communication. Spoken sounds were the sounds of wild life. This was the bare minimum foundation they evolved from.
African people had very functional clothing according to the environment. They would wrap the animal hides around their waist and used fragments of bones to make jewelry like bracelets and necklaces. We learned many weeks ago, through this column, that masks were made in forms of animals to portray their message.
Over time, the richer authorities would make a cape to set themselves apart in identification. These capes and crowns would be adorned with embroidery of silk threads and bones of lions and bison that the stronger humans had hunted or had been gifted to. The hierarchy system was cultivated.
Miming animals’ voices and enacting them had become a strong way of communication. To entertain each other and keep the spirit of the clan alive, the humans would light a bonfire and dance around it all night to keep the wild animals scared away. This dancing would always mimic animals on the beat of drums made of animal hides. The still famous African instrument called ‘djembe’ which is a one sided drum was made in ancient times.
Till today many musicians around the world play this instrument as percussion. Percussion sound is created to link the string instrument to vocals. It is the sound that creates the beat in any given song.
African paintings are intricate and colorful. The use of natural elements like red fertile soil, chalk, blue colored stones, clay, magnesium, copper were essential to each message. Humans used these materials to paint on rocks and on themselves to protect from harsh sun rays more as sunscreen. They made symbols to identify themselves to a particular clan.
When Gold was found, they knew this precious metal could be used to create foil and cover a stone object. Pottery was covered with gold leaves and it was also used in frescos and gesso style painting.
There were endless use of natural resources and thanks to the early ancient times, we have references of the usage of elements. Although, over decades and centuries our choice of materials have drastically changed. Products made from Petroleum have replaced almost all the natural elements. Those times literally everything you touched or saw was ‘eco friendly’.