AN INTRODUCTION TO THE OPUS OF GERALD MASSEY – Published on Charles Finch – Nile Genesis, © Charles S. Finch III, 2006.
- I. Preface and Introduction.
- II. Early Life.
- III. A Book of the Beginnings.
- IV. The Natural Genesis.
- V. Ancient Egypt: the Light of the World.
- VI. Assessment
- About the author
… I. Preface and Introduction:
Preface: In contemporary times, Gerald Massey is primarily remembered for his poetry, literary criticism, and socialist politics all in the pursuit of which he applied his boundless energy. But it is in his forays into human ‘typological’ beginnings, framed in the evolutionary perspective of Darwin and Wallace, and probed through the antiquarian medium of Egyptology and comparative mythology that Massey’s true genius is revealed. To this effort – this opus – Massey dedicated the last 36 years of his life, resulting in three Herculean two-volume works which, as they find a slowly expanding readership, are permanently changing our perception of ancient history, human origins, and the primal place of Africa – Massey’s ‘Old Dark Land’ – in the evolution of human consciousness from its beginning.
The land of Kemit, ‘the Black Land’ – later called Aigyptos (‘Egypt’) by the Greeks – was, as Herodotus rightly observed, the gift of the Nile.
In this essay, the terms Egypt and Kemit will be used interchangeably. The term Kamite will be used adjectively for Kemit.
From two separate inner African lakes – Lake Tana in Ethiopia, source of the Blue Nile, and Lake Victoria in Uganda, source of the White Nile – two riverine arteries converged at modern Khartoum to form the mainstream Nile that brought mud and silt with annual regularity to the northeast African country of Kemit bounded by the Mediterranean on the north, the Red Sea on the east, and the Sahara Desert of the west. This flood-born annual deposition of soil from inner Africa over thousands of years created the green, fertile Delta region of Egypt and, as importantly, annually renewed the entire country, making Egypt the richest and most productive farming nation in antiquity. Without the Nile flood, Egypt would not exist; not surprisingly, the Nile itself was deified by the people who created the pharaonic civilization along its northern banks …
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