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THE ANCIENT PYRAMIDS OF CHINA: IS THERE AN AFRICAN CONNECTION?
We all know about the pyramids of Africa along the Nile River in Egypt and Nubia. A few of us are even aware that pyramids have also been found in the Mississippi Valley of North America, Mexico, Central America, Peru, France and Polynesia. But very few people outside of mainland China have ever heard of the pyramids there.
Now MAAT readers will be among a small elite in the world who have the latest details on the incredible pyramids that have been discovered in China. Our sources for this information are two recent articles. The first, "The Secret Pyramids in China," appears in the pilot issue (December 1996/January 1997) of The New Millennium: A Journal for Times of Change and Transformation, published bimonthly by the Association for Research and Enlightenment and the Edgar Cayce Foundation in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The second is "China's Secret Pyramids," which is published in the current issue of Atlantis Rising magazine. (1-800-228-8381)
The presence of pyramids anywhere in the world is of great interest to Africentrists because the oldest and most advanced pyramids appear to have been built by Black Africans.(1) It is becoming increasingly clear that Africa is not only the birthplace of the human race, but also of civilization.(2) Furthermore, substantial evidence suggests that Black Africans spread civilization throughout the Old and New Worlds.(3)
In light of the above, it is possible that the concept of pyramid-building was also spread abroad by these ancient Africans, and the presence of such structures in ancient China and elsewhere may indeed serve as evidence of a remote Black African influence in these far-flung lands. As a matter of fact, Professor Ivan Van Sertima of Rutgers University and other scholars and scientists have proven such a connection between the pyramids of the Nile Valley and those of ancient Mexico and Central America.(4)
It is not our intention here to present full details on the subject, but a number of scientists and scholars have acknowledged the presence of Black people in prehistoric and ancient China. Citing skeletal remains, ancient legends and surviving sculptures and figurines, historian James Brunson, for example, has compiled compelling evidence with respect to the ancient Blacks of this region. He states:
It can be safely estimated that an African presence existed in China from a most remote period, and an evolution of this physical type is an indigenous phenomenon. Ethnically, through climate and other environmental factors, the Negroid type appears to have differentiated into the "Mongolian" or Modern Chinese type. The Negrito or pygmy (in which category the Bushman is included) were perhaps the earliest homo-sapiens to occupy a region extending from the Himalayas in the west, to the eastern China seaboard. From about 30,000 B.C., this diminutive Black people played a dominant role in the civilization of Central Asia.(5)
Brunson adds that "[t]he Hsia, Shang, and Chou Dynasties should be studied fully to gain more insight into the African role in Chinese history."(6)
Having briefly considered the possible Black African origin of the pyramids of China, let us now reveal some of the fascinating facts about these ancient monuments:
1. Why are the structures referred to as "secret pyramids?"
For years Chinese archaeologists and officials have known of the pyramids on the mainland but have been reluctant to confirm their existence. The October 1996 publication of an article in "China Today" on the pyramids in Shensi, China suggests that the policy of official silence on the subject of Chinese pyramids may be changing.
2. How did the Chinese pyramids come to public light outside of the mainland?
An American, James Gaussman, and a German, Hartwig Hausdorf, are responsible for this. While serving as a USAF pilot during WWII, flying supplies from India to Chungking, Gaussman photographed a huge pyramid in China. It was the only evidence available to the outside world until the publication of Hausdorf's recent books, "Satellites of the Gods" and "The White Pyramid" in German.
According to "Atlantis Rising," Hausdorf's work provides "many more photos, plus videotape and his eyewitness report of at least a hundred pyramids in China's Shensi Province." (7)
Hausdorf has also revealed that American astronauts have taken several photographs of pyramids while in orbit over China.(8)
3. How many pyramids exist?
As is noted above, "at least one hundred pyramids" have been discovered in the Shensi Province alone.
4. Is the SHENSI province the only location of pyramids in China?
Thus far the only pyramids that have been reported appear to be those of the Shensi Province in Central China. It is possible, however, that others exist but have not yet been revealed to the public.
5. How may the pyramids be described?
Some of the Chinese monuments resemble many of the flat-top pyramids of Central America. Among them, "The Great Pyramid of China," located in the city of Xian, is the largest in the
world. This structure, which is estimated to be 1,000 feet high, stands in a huge complex of sixteen pyramids in a zone forbidden to the public. (For purposes of comparison, the Great Pyramid of Egypt is 450 feet high)
Most of the Chinese pyramids appear to be covered in soil. Others appear to be made of clay or stone.
When Gaussman, the American pilot, landed in China in the Spring of 1945, he was stunned at the majesty of the pyramid that he discovered there:
Directly before him was a gigantic white pyramid that shimmered as if it were made of metal (Limestone casing, like that on the Great Pyramid of Giza, can also shimmer in the right sunlight.) The most remarkable thing was the pyramid's capstone. It was a huge jewel-like material that he thought was made from crystal.(9)
Tradition holds that some of the later pyramids were used as tombs for Chinese emperors. But such stories are few, and cannot explain all of China's pyramids.
6. How old are the Chinese pyramids?
Chinese archaeologist Wang Shiping of Xian estimates that theyare 4,500 years old. Ancient Buddhist texts and other surviving documents suggest that the monuments are over 5,000 years old.
7. What is the orientation of the pyramids?
Professor Shiping has revealed some interesting facts in this regard:
We shall keep our MAAT readers abreast of developments in the ongoing saga of the secret pyramids of China.
(1)Graham Hancock, Fingerprints of the Gods: The Evidence of Earth's Lost Civilization, New York, Crown Publishers, Inc. 1995, pp. 354-6, 355, 440, 442-9, 447, 450-2, 497.
(2)Chiekh Anta Diop, The African Origin of Civilization: Myth or Reality? New York, Lawrence Hill & Co., 1974.
(3)Ivan Van Sertima (Ed.), Egypt Revisited, New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers, 1993.
Ivan Van Sertima (Ed.) Egypt, Child of Africa, New Brunswick, Transaction Publishers, 1995.
Ivan Van Sertima (Ed.), African Presence in Early America, New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers, 1993.
Runoko Rashidi (Ed.), African Presence In Early Asia, New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers, 1995.
(4)Van Sertima, The African Presence In Early America.
(5)James Brunson, "African Presence In Early China," in The African Presence In Ancient Asia, Ivan Van Sertima (Ed.)., p.133
(6)Ibid., p. 135
(7)China's Secret Pyramids," in Atlantis Rising, Number 11, p. 25.
(8)Ibid., p. 58.
(9)"The Secret Pyramids in China," in The New Millenium, Volume 1, number 3, pp. 30-31.
(10)"China's Secret Payramids," p. 58.
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