“BLACK/DARK/LIGHT” IN AFRICAN TRADITION (1)
In African Tradition, “Blackness” is the reigning divine Cosmic Principle of all real things in the Unseen and the Seen realms. Throughout African history, being Black had nothing to do with color and everything to do with culture. But the “color” black gave Black culture its essence. Whereas Europeans’ narrow-minded “dark” and “black” usage has always been within their Material and Supernatural World concepts, African Tradition properly uses them in a Spiritual/Metaphysical sense–both naturally associated with the Physical world. Spiritually, Ancient African Sages said that out of God’s Cosmic Mind (located in the Amenta) comes the Spiritual Elements in the Subjective Realm–called the Ocean of Nun (Nu). The Nun is in a state of complete “Darkness” because of Spiritual and Physical reasons. Its contents are Spiritual Energy/Matter so as to assume any form or event conceivable. Ancient African Sages, in speaking of the all-Black Amenta (the Nun, the Void, Nothingness) containing in its upper region the Mind of God and the body of God, said its total blackness corresponds to the state of absolute darkness (Kekui)—both God made. In the beginning both were so enveloping as to make the Cosmos indistinguishable from the Ocean of Nun waters. Both symbolize the inscrutable Source of the “One and the All” under the terms the Absolute, the Potential, the Unknowable, and the Unmanifest. This was a “Darkness” beyond all intellectual conception—a thrice unknown “Darkness” that knew no bounds—being in the Abyss, and Water, and subtle Breath intelligence—all done by God’s power. Light/Darkness dualism does not arise as a symbolic formula of morality until primordial “Darkness” has been split up into Light and Dark.
Hence, the pure concept of Darkness is not, in symbolic tradition, identified with gloom, as in European concepts. On the contrary, it corresponds to Primigenial Chaos—i.e. the Spiritual Realm’s first born potential possibilities for the future displays of God’s divine and earthly creatures and creations—both in unformed Matter and in infinite space. Here, it is inert or at least at rest or passive, since the “Spirited” active mode of energy is responsible for the differentiation of Matter into forms. The apparent Darkness is itself light—dazzling and blinding in its splendor. The African Law of Creation says Primigenial Chaos corresponds to the Nun’s Primordial Darkness. It also lacks form, is undefined, undifferentiated, and limitless in expanse/duration (i.e. infinite/eternal)–uncreated/indestructible). Yet, it is not disordered, as Europeans wrongly say. Hence, Light is the basic principle behind differentiation and hierarchial order. Physically, light involves activity (propagation, hence differentiation) that takes place through time–meaning there can be no light in the Subjective. The Dark represents the state of undeveloped potentialities which—in keeping with the Law of Opposites–is essential to recognizing the Good. In turn, its perception as gloom serves as a standard to avoid–so that one knows how to direct ones striving for Perfection as well as Plan a life’s course opposite to it. As a result, this “Darkness” is regressive after the advent of light.
Since for Ancient Africans, “Black” reflects the Primordial (present prior to the beginning of time and space–before anything was created, and not caused or created by any circumstance) state of existence—and since “Black” and “Dark” were made by God–and since “Black” is associated with God, “Black” symbolizes dawn, before sunrise, and the state of searching the un-manifest and each potential. Ancient Africans said this same Cosmic plane of existence resides in a human’s mind. Here again, the Ocean of Nun state of absolute Darkness (Kekui) corresponds to the total blackness, silence, and obliteration of sense perception, thinking, and feeling that envelops consciousness–leaving it conscious only of itself (Amen Metu Neter II:37). Based upon the African Law of Correspondence, this is a description of the state of a human’s energy and consciousness in the highest levels of Meditation. By blending the Spiritual with the Material, African Tradition’s application of Spiritual “Black” and “Dark” could symbolize the “color” of resurrection and eternal life, perhaps because new life was seen as emerging from the Darkness—a concept related to the black mud of the African Nile River which brought life to the delta each year. When Europeans borrowed these concepts, they got them totally confused and created false pathways. jabaileymd.com