Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Origins of Berbers

Origins of Berbers?
Could the Borana (Oromo) be the origin of the Berber tribes? Since the ancient Berbers of Libya had a similar religion to Egypts, could this be the origin of the Egyptian tribes, that formed the 2 kingdoms? hmmm
E-V257* (E1b1b1b*) is found (at low frequencies) in a larger array of populations:
Iberians (Cantabrians and Andalusians), Corsicans, Sardinians, Marrakesh Berbers and Borana (Oromo) from Kenya
Berber-Egyptian beliefs
The Ancient Egyptians were the neighbors of the Berbers. Therefore, it is sometimes supposed that some deities were originally worshipped by the Ancient Egyptians and the Ancient Libyans (Berbers) as well. The Egyptian-Berber gods and goddesses can be distinguished according to their origin.
Egyptian deities
The Eastern ancient Berbers worshipped Isis and Set. That was reported by Herodotus when saying:
Cow's flesh, however, none of these [Libyan] tribes ever taste, but abstain from it for the same reason as the Egyptians, neither do they any of them breed swine. Even at Cyrene, the women think it wrong to eat the flesh of the cow, honoring in this Isis, the Egyptian goddess, whom they worship both with fasts and festivals. The Barcaean women abstain, not from cow's flesh only, but also from the flesh of swine.[15]
Those Berbers supposedly did not eat the flesh of swine, because it was associated with Set, while they did not eat the cow's flesh, because it was associated with Isis
Osiris was among the Egyptian deities who were venerated in Libya. However, Dr. Budge (in addition to a few other scholars) believed that Osiris was originally a Libyan god saying of him that "Everything which the texts of all periods recorded concerning him goes to show that he was an indigenous god of North-east Africa, and that his home and origin were possibly Libyan.
Berber deities
The Egyptians considered some Egyptian deities to have had a Libyan origin, such as Neith who has been considered, by Egyptians, to have emigrated from Libyato establish her temple at Sais in the Nile Delta. Some legends tell that Neith was born around Lake Tritons (in modern Tunisia).
It is also notable that some Egyptian deities were depicted with Berber (ancient Libyan) characters. The goddess Ament was thus portrayed with two feathers, which were the normal ornaments of the Ancient Libyans as they were drawn by the Ancient Egyptians.
Ammon as a common deity
The most remarkable common god of the Berbers and the Egyptians was Ammon.[18] This god is hard to attribute to only one pantheon. Although most modern sources ignore the existence of Ammon in Berber mythology, he was maybe the greatest ancient Berber god.[19] He was honored by the Ancient Greeks in Cyrenaica, and was united with the Phoenician god Baal due to Libyan influence.[20] Early depictions of rams (related possibly to an early form of the cult of this deity) across North Africa have been dated to between 9600 BC and 7500 BC.
The most famous temple of Ammon in Ancient Libya was the augural temple at Siwa in Egypt, an oasis still inhabited by Berbers.
Sample of Oromo religion
Oromos believe thatWaaqa Tokkicha(the one God) created the world, including them. They call this supreme beingWaaqa Guuracha(the Black God). Most Oromos still believe that it was this God who created heaven and earth and other living and non-living things. Waaqa also createdayaana(spiritual connection), through which he connects himself to his creatures. The Oromo story of creation starts with the element of water, since it was the only element that existed before other elements.
Oromos believed that Waaqa created the sky and earth from water. He also created dry land out of water, andbakkalcha(a star) to provide light. With the rise of bakkalcha,ayaana(spiritual connection) emerged. With this star, sunlight also appeared. The movement of this sunlight created day and night. Using the light of bakkalcha, Waaqa created all other stars, animals, plants, and other creatures that live on the land, in air, and in water. When an Oromo dies, he or she will become spirit.
Some Oromos still believe in the existence of ancestors' spirits. They attempt to contact them through ceremonies. These ancestral spiritsappear to relatives in the form of flying animals.
Original Oromo religion does not believe in hell and heaven. If a person commits a sin by disturbing the balance of nature or mis-treating others, the society imposes punishment while the person is alive.
Oromo heroes and heroines are the people who have done something important for the community. Thinkers who invented thegadasystem,raagas(prophets), and military leaders, for example, are considered heroes and heroines. Today, those who have contributed to the Oromo national movement are considered heroes and heroines.


  1. I actually used this article for my project. Very helpful. Please do post more information regarding it and do upload more pictures so it becomes more interesting to read. Thanks! :)

    1. This might be helpful, its the prequel to the Berber blog. It shows how Berbers and Ethiopians came to be;postID=1654568569867799071;onPublishedMenu=allposts;onClosedMenu=allposts;postNum=7;src=postname

  2. Egypt and libya has almost same ehtnics and culture but egypt is the most ancient culture. Its a new topic for history followers.