An Overview of Black History

Compiled & Edited by Phillip True, Jr.

7. African Presence in India

Men of almost every color are found in India, but the original people of the area were black. Their descendants are still in central India today. These Indians are distinguished by their Negroid features, curly hair, and brown complexion. Professor Lynn Throndike described their ancient forefathers as "short black men with Negro noses." Dr. Will Durant referred to them as "a dark skinned, broad nosed people whom we refer to as the Dravidians in the Indus Valley.

The Dravidian culture peaked around 300 B.C. These had cities with organized streets, two-story brick homes with bathrooms and underground sewers. The Dravidians also had domesticated cattle, sheep, and elephants. They cultivated cotton and wheat, built boats, and became skilled in working with bronze and iron. They even discovered a process for making iron rustproof.

Author Erich Von Baniken wrote: "in the courtyard of a temple of Delhi there exists a column made of welded iron parts that have been exposed to weathering for more than 4000 years without showing a trace of rust. In addition, it is unaffected by sulfur or phosphorus."

An African relationship between those in the western Sudan and China has also been recorded. The xylophones of inner Africa are tuned to the same scales and absolute tones as are the Indo-Chinese xylophones. The tribes in the western Sudan speak a dialect that shows an undeniable relationship of Africans and Chinese.


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