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Before proceeding to compare the so-called mythical creation stories by three ethnic groups of the World; I will like to say that, efforts had been made by Governments, tribes and Religions to distort, re-edit, copy and obfuscate the Egyptian history. In this case,
THE EGYPTIAN (URHOBO) VERSION
The Ancient creation story of the world according to Ancient Egyptians who were Urhobos states that; the world began as a watery mass called “Nun” (which from our Urhobo language is ENUN for mouth) from which the sun and or tongue “Atum” (Urhobo for ATUMU, i.e. first to stand or be) came out on a mound. Atum then begot the deities of Shu (Urhobo expression for surprise and the onomatopoeia for sneeze) the god of Air, and “Tephnut” (Urhobo for Otavenu, i.e. word and mouth) which is moisture. And these in-turn begat “Keb” (Kebe, ground on which we plant ebe, trees and fruits, shrubs etc) which is the earth. And “Nut” (Enute, Urhobo for reach up) the sky deity. From the deity of Enute (also Kenute) we also got Canoe of the English word for small boat because the zodiac of Kenute goddess resembles’ a small boat.
Kebe and Enute (Earth and Sky deities respectively) then went on to produce our first Ancestor King and Queen in Ancient Egypt known as Esiri and Isi (Osiris and Isis, in pluralized form). Including Set and Nephthys (I’m yet to crack who Set and Nephthys are). (The Gods of the Egyptians, E.A. Wallis Bulge p308) also (http://www.urhobo-world.org/webfolders/Urhobo/Egypt%20History%20of%20Urhobo.htm) [Some are my emphasis].
It is obvious that the story makes sense in relation to the names and meanings in Urhobo and no other tribe in the world.
THE YORUBA AND BENIN VERSIONS
YORUBA VERSION: Olodumare. Yoruba God of creation sent Orumila down on earth with a rooster which carries some quantity of sand in its claws when the earth was in void and water. In the mist of this vast water, Orumila using the rooster spread the sand to form land. Oduduwa, the Ancestor of the Yoruba race had eight children who went to form various communities before he came down to earth on a chain from the sky. The chain is probably the rainbow.
As we can see from above, the Yoruba and the
Anyway, Esiri and Isi then begat Uroh (Horus) thereby forming the trininty of Esa, Aesa or Ausar who will judge the world [Historical deception: the untold story of Ancient Egypt, Moustafa Gadalla, page 40]. Add “H” to Ausar and you get Hausar.
In the same vein add the roman figure of one hundred i.e. “C” to Aesar and you get Caesar. Also; Czar is a derivative of Aesar. Uroh was changed to Horus and Hours while the children of
Also, the name Osarsephe, is Egyptian which every Priest or King after going through an initiation is known as Osarsephe (Osesephe: is father-Esiri who generates wealth). The funerary papyrus of Iouiya, (Eyuya, Juya,[this is suffer], Joseph) explains that he was presented with a gold chain and he was the bearer of the Seal of lower Egypt. Soon after he was presented with this office, he became known as Sephe. This is why we have him as Yusephe which became Yuseph (Yoruba rendition) and Joseph (Hebrew rendition) (The Hebrew Pharaohs of Egypt, Ahmed Osman, page 119, and also Genesis 41:42, some are my emphasis). In other words, Joseph the fourth generation of Abraham has obtained a Chieftaincy title from the
It was probably the same Isi the wife and sister of Esiri that Reverend Dr. C. Osume is referring to as Izu of Okpe Nationhood. If Assa can be changed to Essa, Asa, Aesa, Ausa, Ausar and Hausar etc, Isi too can be referred to as Isis, Auset, Izu and Eva by any ethnic group emanating from her. An indication denoting children of one mother or rather, other ethnic groups can adopt her name as their mother which is exactly what genesis has accomplished today. Gene of Isi.
Furthermore, Reverend Dr. Osume’s pandering to Benin does not hold water because he failed to tell us the link apart from Okpe being prince and Igboze this Igboze that. He should know that during the Coronation of the present Oba of Benin probably in 1979, the Oba traveled the length and breadth of
To further clear the confusion that the
The Very Reverend, Professor S.U. Erivwo gave an insight in the name we accord our God that “Oso-no-bruwhe had been suggested to be a
Indeed, Asa which was mentioned by Idowu is the same Aesa, Aesar, Assa and Essa which I have explained elsewhere in this write-up.
The historical theft of Esiri’s heritage also known as Aesa, Assa and Asa etc. is dumb-founding. Almost every civilization embraced Esiri in either Religious or Secular matters. For instance; in the Bible he is known as Esau because he promised to kill his brother Jacob when the latter cheated and named him ESHU. You will get Esau when the “H” in ESHU is crowned to be “A”. But where-as the benevolent Urhobo deity is given “ETCHE” as an appellation and symbol, the bad and evil deity is known as “ETCHU”. The antecedents of the Yoruba is known in the pronunciation of Urhobo as Usobo. Is it not also convenient to call ETCHU as ESHU? The changing of Eshu to Esau was the handwork of the Hebrew re-writers also known as redactors.
This history of Assa, Asa, Esa, Aesa, Aesar etc. was deliberately left out in the kingship of
Okpe people also know and call God Osonobrughwe. Not only that, the Okpe also agrees with other Urhobo ethnic groups that God resides up there in the sky which is Ekete (Akete). But to my surprise, Akete is also indicative of high horizon (Akhet, Akhete) in Ancient Egypt. Or taken from another perspective of the Very Reverend Erivwo,
“when they describe the horizon as Asa Oghene de vwobototo, i.e. where God torches the earth” (Ibid page 14).
The link here is Akete, Ekete, Asa etc. all meaning the same Urhobo vernacular name for God’s place in the sky and these shows our common root (Esiri).
The Okpe ethnic group are of Urhobo Origin judging from the fact that they originate from Esiri, Isi and Uroh. And many kings in Ancient Egypt including Horemhobo (Oremhobo) inherited the name Esiri or Uroh and it is from these names i.e. “Uroh and Oremhobo” Urhobo came forth. Other well meaning people of Urhobo; for example Reverend Vincent Edafejirhaye of the Agape Gospel Mission of Orerokpe agrees with me in the preface of “The origin of Urhobo Nation of Federal Republic of Nigeria by David Ejoor” that the Urhobo Nation comprises of twenty two (22) kingdoms and Okpe is listed as number fifteen (15).
We are not stupid with using history as some myth that raises its head as a monster to destroy its children. On the contrary, history is to teach mankind to emulate their ancestors, educate them of their ancestral exploits, developments and inventions. Where ugly in history is found, mistakes are corrected to prevent such happening again to move forward. Historical Education should bind us together but not divide us.
So far, I have been objective in giving the accounts of other historians and commentators alike. Some of these historians have taken our history as theirs especially the Europeans and Americans and this is because, if you don’t write your history others will do so for you. Africans themselves does not help matters in evaluating the African history. What we hear from our African writers is empirical data to determine the African History written by Africans which is self doubt and pity. The ardent self doubting African writer needs the white-colour cosmetic make-up to authenticate his own history. A metaphoric haircut to constantly measure his mental capability and spiritual helplessness. I feel sorry for them. For me, If I should wake up next morning to receive a phone call from an Okpe King in 200 BC, his language will not be confusing to me. It is the same Urhobo language with variations here and there. Neither will I be at sea by his picture, statue, names of people and places, objects used for Chieftaincy traditions and rituals etc. presented to me in museums and other places in foreign lands. This is why I am not in the hue of those who cannot read their history along the lines. In other words, I do not follow follow, thereby relying on empirical data to control their thinking and ultimately for the purpose of economic capital of the empire of religion. For, religion has killed many humans on earth than any other causes. Be that as it may, academics, Scholars, academicians and other professionals among us who are in the fields of archaeology, astrology and linguistics should do their best to renew their knowledge of ancient