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If you have NEVER been to Africa, when someone mentions "Africa" or you hear "Africa", what is the FIRST thing that comes into your mind?

People associate different regions/continent based on media, informational material, myths, stereotypes and such. The main idea of this discussion is to find out what people who never had "first hand experience" think about the continent. Thanks for your contribution.


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    Apr 18 2013: First Part

    On maps dating from 1600 to 1700 AD, the name "Africa" ​​does not yet exist, to refer to the territory, there was talk of land of Ethiopia, land of "Cham" land of "Cush" land of "Sheba" to refer to the black descendants of Noah in Cham was one of three son of Noah who was black. These lands were named "IFRIQIYA" (Africa) after the invasion of the Arab kings of Yemen, which bore the name "Ifriqos bin Qais bin Saifi," the king will seize land North (Maghreb, etc..), and therefore they bear the name referring to him, that is to say "Ifriqya" (Africa). You should know that originally, only the Romans called "Africa" ​​the northern part of the continent.

    - The Europeans use the word Africans who originated the word Ifriqiya name of a Berber tribe that settled in Roman times, between Tunisia and eastern Algeria.

    - The Arabs refer to us by the word Sudan meaning black, and our continent AlKabulan meaning one who knows how to receive.

    - The Greeks designated us by the word Ethiopians meaning Face Burned, Libya and the word meant our continent (Herodotus, The History, History IV 22 and 42).

    - As for the Jews, designated us by the word Koushim and our continent by the word Kush, named BaKouSou one of our people of Zaire (Jeremiah 13: 23 and Zephaniah 3: 10).

    It is important to note that Chapter 10 of the Book of Genesis mentions three continents and calls the current African continent with the old name "KaM", the diminutive of "Kama".

    The root word "Kama" is pervasive among many peoples of Central Africa, West Africa.

    The original inhabitants of ancient Egypt were blacks, and black peoples of Africa are directly related to the history of Ancient Egypt. The ancient Egyptians called themselves by including the word "KaMtou", meaning "Black" as they were. They also used the word "Kami" and / or "Kemet", meaning "Black" to refer to their land and the rest of the continent.

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