According to your religion, you were all heathens and pagans some two thousand years ago, and many of your people were heathens for many centuries subsequently. We can trace our religion, culture, mythology, legends and history back tens of thousands of years in the past, farther back than any known civilisation on earth, to the later Stone Age. It is part of our culture — we did not learn these from recent archaeological discoveries ....
Man’s environment is the world as a whole, and the latter’s environment is our solar system. “Man is part of the stars — and the stars, sun and moon are all part of Man!” Thus believes the Fire-Worshippers of the Southern Bu-Kongo.
Astronomy was not brought to Man in Africa by Western civilisation.
We have our own theories on the origin of the solar system. These we have jealously withheld from foreigners for fear of being ridiculed. But I have compared our theories with those brought to us from beyond the seas, and the latter do not impress me.
I do not fear ridicule and scorn, because it is said in our sayings of wisdom that “He that is the first to walk past the village of cannibals is the quickest to land in the cooking pot,” an expression used for those who invite scorn and ridicule merely by being the first to promote a new idea...
The reason people from beyond the seas look upon the Black Man of Africa as stupid is that we have all along been too afraid to show the them that we too can think, that we too have ideas of our own....
I do not believe that all the planets of our solar system sprang from our sun. Our sun is an ordinary star of which there are millions in the Universe, and how many of these have planets? I believe that the planets are formed through the disintegration of such stars. A star merely explodes or is torn apart by collisions or gravitational forces and scatters as countless droplets hurled in all directions. These smaller bodies lose their inherent heat sooner and solidify as they wander through space. Many are subsequently caught by the gravitational force of other stars and go into orbit around them. Our sun’s planets are such droplets that had been caught from time to time through the millennia.
The very smallest droplets lack the momentum to persist in orbit and plunge into the sun, but some were caught by the gravitational force of the various planets already in orbit around the sun. The larger planets caught more satellites than the smaller, and this would appear to be the only phenomenon accountable in terms of natural laws.
Otherwise, all characteristics of the solar system seem to oppose every alternative theory.
Sizes and distances, planes of orbiting, speeds and temperatures would have been more regular or systematic had the solar system originated according to any of the other theories. Our solar system is, on the contrary, inconsistent; planets are not logically arranged according to size and distance. Our planet has one moon while Venus of similar size has none and a smaller planet like Mars has two. Jupiter’s planets all seem to be in good shape while those of Saturn have all collided and disintegrated. Apparently, a sizable ‘moon’ entered the solar system after many planets were already orbiting and instead of being caught by one, collided with it to produce the belt of asteroids. Everything seems to point to the fact that our solar system was not formed as a result of a single process, but gradually came into being as a result of successive occurrences.
For this theory, there is no better proof than the condition of our own moon. Its surface is pocked with scars caused by meteoric bombardments and these bombardments did not occur while the moon was a satellite of our planet. Some of these scars and craters are so large the objects responsible for them must have been of such a size that, had they turned their attention to the earth instead, our atmosphere would not have offered adequate protection. Our moon came into orbit around this planet at a later stage, with a face not much different to what it is today.
If a single process had produced our solar system, all orbits of both planets and satellites would have been in the same plane. The fact that they do in fact come near to a particular plane is simply because all bodies in our nebular system move closely in a particular plane. [Sun’s gravitational waves, I think ... Ish]
This theory explains more successfully all the strange geological phenomena we see in the crust of our own planet. Vast orogenetic processes caused whole continents to rise and sink, to split, to bend and wander, but all at different times during our geological history.
It would appear that every time the sun caught another planet and especially when the Earth caught its moon, heavy disturbances were caused on the face of the earth which not only affected the structure and nature of land and water masses, but also played havoc with animal and plant life. Such spectacular events certainly took place even after the origin of Homo sapiens, as is also borne out by the terrific ice ages of the Pleistocene.
And if these occurrences have disappeared from the memory of the other races of mankind, they still live in the folklore of Africa.