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Chapter 179 - The people of Abyssinia and Nubia.
179,1. (The Lord:) “Most of you are familiar, at least in legend, with the famous ancient land of the Egyptians.
179,2. Behind the great waterfalls on the Nile there is a very large, fertile mountain land called hAbi ie sin (the Son of hAbi). This hAbi is a descendent of Cain and not of Noah; these highlands, like many other countries on the earth, were spared the ravages of the Great Flood during the time of Noah.
179,3. The son of this hAbi was, like Nimrod, a mighty hunter. He invented the club and the bow, and all animals, no matter how aggressive, fierce and wild they might be, gave him a wide berth as he was a giant. His voice caused rocks to tremble and he smashed them to pieces with his mighty club, while, with his bow, he shot ten pound arrows over a thousand paces. Whatever he aimed at, he hit with confidence and made it his prey.
179,4. At the same time, as he had mastered all the animals, all his weaker brothers and sisters obeyed him. He was very serious, never cruel towards the people, not even hard, but his orders had to be obeyed.
179,5. He believed in a far-off, all-powerful God, who originally created everything. But this God has countless exceedingly powerful servants and henchmen, both visible and invisible. Some of them ruled over the sun, the moon and all the stars, some ruled over the earth, some over water, some over fire and so forth, some over the grass, trees and thickets, some over the waters on and in the earth, some over metals, some over the birds in the air, some over all the animals in the water and some over all the animals which walk or creep on earth.
179,6. These invisible servants and often the visible henchmen had to held in high esteem by mortal people, who were obliged strictly to obey and comply with the laws which were from time to time handed down to them. They always punished disobedience most severely by means of all kinds of cataclysm with which they plagued the dissidents who were lacking in respect for them or did not follow their laws or even those who were just unfriendly to each other.
179,7. In a word, this son of hAbi was the first ruler of this ancient little nation and at the same time the first priest, whose contribution was a very deficient concept of God and the other spiritual beings. In his lineage he was the sixth descendent of Cain and the seventh of Adam.
179,8. He taught the people to get to know how to handle the tame animals and how to bring them into their households and was therefore the founder of a colony of shepherds. He also taught them how to use some fruit as food, and how to grow, maintain and improve them in their gardens, as well as instructing them how build huts using rocks, palms and clay to create a safe home.
179,9. He himself cleansed the whole of that large country of ravenous, wild beasts. The equally powerful giants who were his sons reaped the benefit which arose from the tireless efforts of their powerful father. During the course of a few hundred years this black-skinned little nation became a large and mighty people with good customs and quite effective government, much cleverer and better than the Egyptian one under its first ruling shepherds (the pharaohs).
179,10. However, this rather happy nation blockaded all possible entrances, so that even the foreign wild animals found it almost impossible to gain access or cause harm to the rich herds of this large country, which had expanded in all directions and which was five times the size of the Promised Land. For the same reason, until now no foreign invader has been able to reach its green pastures, even though the country has expanded far beyond its old borders. The borders of the newly occupied territories were also sealed off by this nation as they were annexed, so that it was not easy for any enemy to invade them.
179,11. They have one single access road to Egypt and that is located at the foot of the Komrahai Mountains where the lower slopes are very rugged. It is an extremely narrow pass which ends, after a four hour walk mainly underground through deceptive twists and turns, in the uppermost region of Egypt and finally passes through a very narrow cave, - an exit which was only found during the times of Moses, by citizens who were fugitives accused of high treason and were fleeing their fearful punishments. When they were pursued, they fled into a hole in the rocks to hide. After they had progressed about five hundred paces inside the cave, armed only with bows and arrows, they discovered daylight at the opposite end and ran towards it. They soon came out and were very happy to have escaped their pursuers. Having reached open country, the like of which they had never seen before, they closed off the cave exit with rocks, so that it would not be possible for their pursuers ever to enter this spacious, beautiful, free land.
179,12. The number of fugitives was seventy heads in total, thirty-six men and thirty-four women. One of the extra men did not have a wife so they chose him to be the leader because he was the most experienced The last one was still too young to have a wife and was therefore chosen to be the leader’s servant.
179,13. The fugitives lived in this land for about a year and a half. However, they were not able to succeed in cleaning up the area, even though they spent most of their time hunting fierce wild animals. After the end of that time, they left and followed the Nile as it flowed northwards and after a few weeks they reached the Cataracts, which, seen from the Egyptian side, are regarded as the second series. There they met great difficulties and major obstacles to progress.
179,14. They would certainly have moved more quickly on the right bank of the Nile but they were on the left shore, where there are many clefts in the rocks as well as no shortage of all kinds of animals which are not very friendly to people. As the barriers to their forward progress were unending, they had made the decision to return to their former settlement when a large herd of cattle and sheep came up behind them also heading north, which led them to believe that their pursuers had tracked them down. They therefore pressed on as quickly as possible and after a tiresome day’s travel they finally reached a beautiful expanse of exceedingly fertile land.
179,15. There were an abundance of dates and figs, as well as large flocks of sheep and herds of cattle which moved around as they grazed completely without supervision. However those herds which had forced our community of black people to move on, were lost in the rapids of the cataracts and did not follow them any longer. This greatly pleased our travellers as they then believed that their supposed pursuers were no longer following them.
179,16. In this new land the community sought out the best place to live, fortified it and settled down. It was a beautiful, smooth hill on the banks of the Nile plentifully supplied with dates, figs and beautiful palms and apart from a few monkeys there was no trace of any aggressive wild animals.
179,17. In this place this people multiplied and within a few hundred years had grown into a sizeable nation, which took over all the free herds, built huts and even villages and lived quite well. They all however retained the beliefs and all the customs and uses which the son of hAbi had introduced.
179,18. This large, at that time very beautiful and fertile land was called by the black inhabitants ‘Noua Bia’ (Nubia) which translated means ‘New Dwelling’.
179,19. In time this nation also became acquainted with the Egyptians, a nation which at a later date made great efforts to subjugate this first black community, an enterprise in which they did not however wholly succeed. They were also the first completely black people which the Egyptians came to see.
179,20. In the beginning the Egyptians regarded these people as large apes and it was only after they discovered that they spoke a language akin to their own, that they began to regard them as real people and bought cattle and sheep from them. In return the black community learned all kind of arts and sciences from the Egyptians which they were able to turn to good use, especially those in the field of metal working of which they had until then no previous knowledge.
179,21. In that community the old religion and all the old customs and habits which they took over from the son of hAbi, have survived to this day.
179,22. This year a seer has emerged among this people and has revealed to his brothers and sisters an extraordinary vision, which he has experienced seven times in succession. He described to them the path he would have to follow on this earth in order to reach the place where the One could be found who would teach the people about truth and the great unknown God.
179,23. Look, this seer from Nubia will be here in the Caesarea Philippi area before midday with quite a large number of companions. We shall therefore send a messenger to him to request that that he should bring them here! They have come with many camels and have brought many valuable treasures with them. They will pay for anything they consume here in gold and precious stones.
179,24. You, Marcus, please see to it that these Nubians are well looked after! When you asked Me yesterday evening to remain here for another day, I agreed as otherwise I and My disciples would already have departed this morning before sunrise to meet their caravan as they search for Me. However, I stayed and our presence today will provide much work for your household: nevertheless, you will be well rewarded.”
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