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In Dr. The tree indicated that Indo-European was much older than historical linguists had estimated and hence favored the theory that the language family had diversified with the spread of agriculture some 10, years ago, and not with a military invasion by steppe people some 6, years ago, the idea favored by most historical linguists.
The Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert belong to one of the earliest branches of the genetic tree based on human mitochondrial DNA. Their languages belong to a family known as Khoisan and include many click sounds, which seem to be a very ancient feature of language. They live in southern Africa, which Dr. Atkinson said. A recent finding that the number of phonemes in a language increases with the number of people who speak it prompted his study. This gave him the idea that phoneme diversity would increase as a population grew, but would fall again when a small group split off and migrated away from the parent group.
Such a continual budding process, which is the way the first modern humans expanded around the world, is known to produce what biologists call a serial founder effect. Each time a smaller group moves away, there is a reduction in its genetic diversity. The reduction in phonemic diversity over increasing distances from Africa, as seen by Dr. Atkinson, parallels the reduction in genetic diversity already recorded by biologists. For either kind of reduction in diversity to occur, the population budding process must be rapid, or diversity will build up again. This implies that the human expansion out of Africa was very rapid at each stage.
The acquisition of modern language, or the technology it made possible, may have prompted the expansion, Dr. Pagel sees language as central to human expansion across the globe. This recent article in New York Times , by Nicholas Wade ex-raying new research findings that use mathematical methods of biological DNA analyses to analyze phoneme frequencies frequencies of sounds and tones of vowels and consonants as they occur in various distant languages of the world to determine language origins, has not only lend much weight to our own conclusions, but it has made the Igbo language and cultural area a subject for international linguistic and historical discourse.
The conclusion by the Atkinson research team that language originated in the Western part of Sub-Saharan Africa supports our own thesis of an Igbo origin of languages because Igbo language is based in the Western part of Sub-Saharan Africa. Our thesis that the San Khoisan Bushmen of the Kalahari were among the earliest carriers of this Proto-Proto-Igbo mother tongue, was also confirmed in the Atkinson research findings.
Therefore, Igbo scholars worldwide ought to seize upon this added scientific evidence provided by Dr. This will have powerful ripple effects on the study and development of Igbo culture, Igbo identity and on the restoration of the soul-essence of Igbo civilization as the mother of world civilizations, for as Dr.
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Our claims to an Igbo origin of language, culture and civilization are not based on spoken language alone, but on the equally compelling fact that among the archaeological discoveries at Igbo Ukwu by British archaeologist Thurstan Shaw, were several inscriptions on pottery and bronze, which when compared with ancient Middle Eastern inscriptions Egyptian and Cretan Hieroglyphics, Hittite, Old Phoenician, Old Sumerian, Proto-Palestinian, etc  show several striking similarities.
This shows that there was a civilization of note, based in Igbo land, now lost, which might have birthed the Middle Eastern civilizations and writing systems, but also their spoken languages. We wish to demonstrate how signals of Igbo language has been retained in some of the most ancient as well as the most modern languages and cultures of the world, proving without any shadow of doubt that the Igbo was the mother of languages such as Sanskrit, Egyptian, Sumerian, English and Semitic languages  , or at least that Igbo is the longest surviving child of a global mother language spoken by gods and men alike.
Linguists believe that when words from two or more separate languages share similarities in sound and meaning, it is a sign of borrowing or common origin. In fact there is over-weighing evidence in the Adam Trilogy  that every language retains traces of cultural and historical experiences it has lived through in the course of millennia.
Here are listed words from diverse ancient and modern languages that have retained Igbo signals in the form of common sounds and meanings with the mother language, and in some cases, powerful evidence of having originated in an Igbo cultural environment. The Igbo original is more explicit, for it shows that these lesser gods are answerable to a Higher Being. The highest and oldest of the known gods of Egypt was Ptah. He was the father of all the other gods. If his name and the collective name for the gods of Egypt, Neter, were Igbo in origin, it implies that an ancient civilization of Igbo extraction existed in West Africa, where the gods, and not men ruled, by at least 22, BC; that Egypt was an originally Igbo-speaking civilization and that early Egyptians were Igbos.
The son of Osiris was called Horus. Horus was known as the Lord of the Horizon. The Horizon being known to the Egyptians as the land of the Rising Sun, a place located in the Southwestern direction from Egypt - the original mythological home of the gods of Egypt. Biafra is the ancient name for the place now known as Igbo land.
According to Martin Bernal  the word Amen is derived from imn which is pronounced Amana. These two words have Igbo origins. Egyptian words with Igbo sounds and meanings are legion. They include but are not limited to the following:. The fact that many pharaohs of Egypt bear this word in their names would tend to add weight to an Igbo origin of Egyptian civilization and divinities. Akhu is the sacred vernacular name for the Giza Pyramid — one of the greatest wonders of the world. Its native Igbo name implies that an Igbo-speaking team of ancient engineers possibly constructed it, especially because noted in They Lived Before Adam , many key words in Egyptian Engineering lexicon are cognates of Igbo language.
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This implies that the earliest roots of Egyptian civilization, when the gods and not men ruled Egypt, began among the autochthons of Igbo land, but did not end there. Latter-day migrant Igbo priest-kings continued to exert influences in Pharaohnic Egyptian civilization.
Sumerian language is classified among Semitic languages. Acholonu asserted that there were not any signd that Semites had a language or a culture of their own, for every aspect of their language and culture was borrowed from the Hamites. Two full-length books and one thousand pages of hard core research information later, this idea it is ever more convincing. As in ancient Egyptian, some of the names of the earliest gods of Sumer were derived from Igbo language. Some of these gods, according to Sumerian cuneiform records lived on earth before the creation of human beings. One such god was called ZU.
Also an early Storm god of Sumer, who fought a protracted war with the stone god was called Kummiya. In Igbo this name translates as Nkume Iyi. Nkume Iyi is the pebble used by rainmakers to make rain. Learn More in these related Britannica articles: Bene Israel. Some claim descent from the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel , who disappeared from history after the northern Kingdom of Israel was overrun by the Assyrians in bc. Others believe that their ancestors fled by sea the persecution of Antiochus Epiphanes, a theory that explains the absence of a Hanukkah….
Legends describe it as a roaring torrent often not of water but of stones , the turbulence of which ceases only on the Sabbath, when Jews are not allowed to…. Joshua , the leader of the Israelite tribes after the death of Moses, who conquered Canaan and distributed its lands to the 12 tribes.
His story is told in the Old Testament Book of Joshua. According to the biblical book named after him, Joshua…. History at your fingertips. Sign up here to see what happened On This Day , every day in your inbox!