Black Panther Mythos- African Science,Technology & Mathematics

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The story of Marvel comic’s Black Panther is an interesting fictional story which weaves together and draws on multiple fascinating factual elements found throughout various African cultures throughout time.  Perhaps the most important of the facts and themes in the story of the Black Panther is the significance of Metallurgy and Blacksmiths in African culture, spiritual systems, and technological development.

The Story of Black Panther and Wakanda
10,000 years ago a meteorite comprised of a metal called Vibranium crashed on earth and landed in the country of Wakanda in Northeastern Africa.  The crashed Vibranium created a mountain, or mound, which was discovered by the Panther Tribe in Wakanda who became the guardians of the Vibranium moundBast and Sekhmet are two of the feline deities of the Panther Tribe, and the King and protector of the Panther tribe is a warrior who holds the title of “The Black Panther”.  The Black Panther also has a group of female warriors who serve as his personal bodyguards called the Dora Milaje.  As guardians of the Vibranium metal mound, the Panther tribe became skilled blacksmiths and metallurgist in antiquity which translated into a highly technologically advanced and economically stable African country in the present day, where one of the major resources of the country of Wakanda is Vibranium.  Because of their high level of advanced technology, Wakanda has never been conquered, colonized, or enslaved.

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Metal from the Sky 
The earliest known iron artifacts are 9 small beads, dated to 3200 BC, from Ancient Egypt in Northeast Africa, identified as meteoric iron shaped by careful hammering.  This evidence shows the Ancient Africans in Egypt were the first to use Iron prior to the official start of the “Iron Age” in 1300 BC.  The Ancient Egyptians called this Meteoric Iron “BAA EN PET” meaning “iron of the sky” or “metal of Heaven.”  The Ancient Egyptian’s word for the Blacksmith’s Forge was “Khepesh”, and that same word was a homonym to the word for a scimitar sword shaped metal weapon casted in the forge, as well as to the constellation of the Great Bear – Ursa Major.

The Iron King:
The 7th Pharaoh of the Ancient Egypt’s 1st dynasty was named Anedjib Mer-ba-pen (spelled various in English as Merbiape, Meribiap, Merbapen, Miebîdós, and Mibampes) which literally meant “Lover of Iron”. Anedjib ruled around 2930 BC.

African Blacksmiths
Ancient Africans in Egypt who were Blacksmiths and Metallurgists had knowledge of several different types of Metals and Metal alloys as attested to in the Medu Neter from Ancient Egypt:

  • Meteoric Iron    – baa en pet
  • Iron        – benpi
  • Gold        – Nub
  • Silver        – hetch
  • Copper        – hemt
  • Tin, Lead    – anak
  • Electrum     – nub waas
  • Bronze        – ut

The Medu Neter word for “Blacksmith” was Mesen (singular) and Mesniu (plural – the 7 mythic blacksmiths of Heru who made weapons).  The Medu neter word Mesen may be related to the English word “Mason“.  The Mesniu are also called the Heru-shemsu  (the blacksmiths of Edfu).  Additionally, the word Nebi in Medu Neter meant “to smlet, to work in metals” and was also a homonym to the word Nebi or Nebibi meaning “Leopard or Panther”.

The Blacksmith deity in Ancient Egypt was Ptah, who represented the Primordial Mound, and he had two wives Sekhmet (Southern Egypt) and Bast (Northern Egypt) represented by Felines.  The Ancient Egyptian Blacksmith deity Ptah’s son by Bast was the Lion-Headed deity of war named Maahes, who was called Apedemak in Nubia and Meroe.  The “Sem” priests of Ptah (who were more scientists than “priests”) were also Blacksmiths and Metallurgists who wore Leopard Skins.  The wearing of Leopard Skins was also a custom of the Nubians of Meroe, and the Nubian Kingdom of Meroe was huge Iron smelting capital.  It is important to know that Panthers are Melanistic Leopards.

Overtime, various Leopard “Secret Societies” who were also Blacksmiths, spring up across the African Continent:

  • Ekpe – Nigeria (uses the Nsibidi script)
  • Abakuá – Cameroon and Nigeria
  • Anyoto Aniota – Sierra Leone, Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire, and Nigeria
  • Leopard Society of Bassaland – Liberia (uses the Vai script)

In the books “African Jungle Doctor” by Werner Junge and “Jungle Pilot in Liberia” by Abe Guenter, an experience in Bassaland (Liberia) during the early to mid 1900s is described where reports were made about “Leopard Men” and people who would dress in Leopard skins and fashion and wear claws of steel with which they would use as weapons.  Brass Metal rings called ‘Dwin’, ‘tien’ or ‘nitien’, meaning “water spirits”, or ‘Gods of water’ were forged by the blacksmiths of the tribes of Bassaland and left as offerings to the “Brass God” of the Leopard Men.  The Kru and Grebo people believe these objects are living creatures that can be found in creeks, rivers and lagoons.  These objects have shared interpretive meanings with the Dikenga from the African Congo, Thor’s spinning Hammer Fylfot (also called Swastika), and Ptah’s Hammer (the Djed, Ankh, and Waas).

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Similar to the “Dwin – water spirits,” the Mande, Bamana, and Dogon Blacksmiths of Mali tell stories of water Spirits called the Nommo who are Blacksmiths of a Metal from the star Sirius called SAGALA.  The Mande Blacksmiths control a force called Nyama, which is synonymous with Nyame of the Akan people.  An important Blacksmith ancestor in Akan culture is Nana Adade Kofi.  The Mande Blacksmiths of Mali form Castes called Nummu which is phonetically similar to the Nommo water spirits spoken of by the Dogon Blacksmiths.  One of the Nommo the Dogon Blacksmiths speak of is named OGO, who is synonymous with the Orisha Blacksmith OGUN in Nigeria.  The Blacksmith culture in Nigeria has existed since 1000 BC with the NOK culture.  The Blacksmith Orisha Ogun is called GU in the Dahomey culture of Benin.  The Blacksmith Ogun, OGO, or GU is said to be married to the warrior Orisha OYA.  The 19th century Kingdom of Dahomey (present day Benin) who were practitioners of the system of Vodun which ackknowledged Oya, developed an all-female military regiment who were an embodiment of the warrior Orisha OYA.  This group of African Warrior Women had various names including N’Nonmiton or Mino (meaning “our mothers”), Ahosi (meaning King’s wives), and Gbeto (meaning “Elephant Hunters”).  European narratives referred to these women soldiers as Amazons.  This “warrior Queen” characteristic found amongst the women of the  Dahomey Kingdom was also found amongst the Kandakes, or Candaces, who ruled the Nubian Iron smelting city of Meroe (800 BC – 350 CE).

The Role of the Blacksmith has been central and integral to African Culture, Society, Spirituality, and Technology throught the ages, and the Leopard, Panther, or Feline has been one of the Symbols associated with African Blacksmiths since Ancient times.
Article by African Creation Energy

 

50 thoughts on “Black Panther Mythos- African Science,Technology & Mathematics

      • I agree, in the comics and to some extent, X-Men: Evolution (one of the animated incarnations of X-Men) Storm is always depicted as a dark skinned woman with a noticeable African accent. She also has deep reverence and respect for her African heritage and always made sure she displayed that. She was also fluent in quite a few languages like Swahili, Arabic, Russian etc, was an excellent fighter extremely skilled in hand to hand combat and various forms of weaponry. She was highly intelligent, very tough and not easily intimidated and also had a very compassionate motherly side to her that made her an exceptional leader. In addition, her atmokinetic abilities (weather control) places her at omega level, and an omega level mutant is amoung the most powerful mutants on the planet.She can incite all forms of meteorological tempests, such as tornadoes, thunderstorms, blizzards, and hurricanes, as well as mist. She can dissipate such weather to form clear skies as well.

        Her precise control over the atmosphere allows her to create special weather effects. She can create precipitation at higher or lower altitudes than normal, make whirlwinds travel pointing lengthwise in any direction, channel ambient electromagnetism through her body to generate electric blasts, flash freeze objects and people, coalesce atmospheric pollutants into acid rain or toxic fog, and, along with her natural ability of flight, summon wind currents strong enough to support her weight to elevate herself (or others) to fly at high altitudes and speeds. Her control is so great that she can even manipulate the air in a person’s lungs. She can also control the pressure inside the human inner ear, an ability she uses to cause intense pain. She can also bend light using moisture in the air and her manipulation of mist and fog to appear partially transparent, and in later comics, nearly invisible.

        Storm has also demonstrated the ability to control natural forces that include cosmic storms, solar wind, ocean currents, and the electromagnetic field. She has demonstrated the ability to separate water molecules into oxygen and hydrogen via electrolysis, allowing her to breathe underwater. While in outer space, she is able to affect and manipulate the interstellar and intergalactic media. Storm can alter her visual perceptions so as to see the universe in terms of energy patterns, detecting the flow of kinetic, thermal and electromagnetic energy behind weather phenomena and can bend this energy to her will.

        Many of these traits were largely absent (or in some cases, heavily downplayed) from the films where Halle Berry portrayed her. In the movies, Storm is a far cry from the comic book version. In addition to the actress’ bi-racial appearance, she shows no reverence for her African heritage, had a full out American accent, is a follower and gets her ass handed to her especially in the 3rd movie X-Men The Last Stand. Now while I did enjoy the occasional displays of her power in the movies, I feel like her character has been purposely watered down just to give their golden boy Wolverine center stage time and time again…

      • Wow! Thanks for that breakdown of Storm’s abilities and her history. That was nice. I agree,she doesn’t even bring up her African heritage in any of the films. I guess they don’t want alienate the white movie goers. And you’re right,Wolverine always gets center stage. None of the black comic book characters get much development. But there is a lot of hype about the upcoming Black Panther film. Many black comic book fans want to see how authentic it will be. I recently saw the new Captain America: Civil War. It was pretty action packed. The Panther had some good scenes fighting Captain America,Ant Man and Falcon. The movie was much better than I thought it would be. Let’s hope the Panther film lives up to the hype. But I really think black artist should be creating their own black characters. When shouldn’t have to always rely on white owned Marvel or DC Comics to do it. We should be doing it ourselves.

  1. I don’t know who this sista is but she looks like a nice Storm to me! Marvel could’ve went with an unknown actor. This woman would’ve been better than Alexandra Shipp in my opinion.

    • @ Kushite Prince
      Anything that look closer to white is alright in Hollywood’s eyes. Hollywood has been doing this for a while replacing black women with biracial women as blackness. Black Women have call this out before but we get ridicule, but you notice they never replace dark skin black men with biracials.

      • Yes it’s very rare. It may have happened a few times though. Although it happened in reverse when Denzel played Malcolm X. And we all know Malcolm was much lighter than Denzel.

      • @Shanequa

        Great Points Sister. More and more black people are tired of our heroes being whitewashed in Hollywood movies. I do believe that the Nina Simone movie which starred Zoe Saldana (that slandered Nina Simone) was the last straw for many black people. We should never tolerate dark skinned black women being portrayed by biracial people. Black women have every right to talk about this issue. It is very rare for the replacement of dark skinned black men with biracial people. Our eyes are open on this issue.

    • @ Kushite Prince
      The link you posted on Alexandra Shipp twitter page prove this dumb bitch doesn’t see nor care how real dark skin black women are not being represented correctly of images that look like them. These biracials can’t be trusted because they have mix loyalties to each race not one. If a race war started that bitch Alexandra Shipp white family will shot her down quick.

      • Shipp is just another Alicia Keys. They don’t really care about the plight of dark skinned women. The know the white-controlled media will always prop up the biracial woman as better. Shipp is no different than Paula Patton,Thandie Newton,Halle Berry,Zoe Kravitz,etc..

      • Alexandra Shipp is another Alicia Keys and Mariah Carey. Run to the black masses when they need our support. Recall when Carey recorded the song written by BLACK writers, “We Belong Together?” Now…crickets…..I can’t hear you? Lest we forget, many mixed nutts will LEAN towards what they perceive as “more power” or the white power structure, be it good or turbulent times.

      • Yes you’re right. Mariah is another one. When she made it big in 1990 she married an Italian man. Then after he mistreated her she dated baseball player Derek Jeter. She said she was really in love with him and they had a strong connection. Probably because they are both biracial and could relate to one another. But when she wanted to get the black audience back she married actor/rapper Nick Cannon. Now they’re divorced but have two children. Mariah is clearly a mixed nut for sure!lol

    • @ Kushite Prince
      Black women & young girls need to stop supporting those who are not for their interest in a positive light. I’m glad the movie starting Cassie, Lauren London, & Paul Patton flop, and the movie Nina Simone will flop to staring Zoe Saldana. Black women with the support of black men waking up & is tire of seeing us misrepresented in Hollywood especially when the demographic there target are black people

    • Thank for the link Brother. That is disgraceful words from Shipp. It is what it is. Many biracial people have a “superiority complex” where they think that they are better than black people when they are not.

      • Yes they are notorious flip-floppers. Many wont admit but they think they’re better than us. And the white media keeps enforcing this fallacy of “lighter being better”.

    • Yes it seems to be loosely based on Kemet(Egypt). That’s why it’s important that we teach our children the real history of our people. That job shouldn’t be left up to our open enemies.

    • Beyoncé would be better than the woman they have now. I know people would be against a self proclaimed Creole woman playing Storm though. But Beyoncé is at least a bigger name so she could bring a bigger audience. But I think years ago Gabrielle Union could’ve played her. Or even Lupita Nyongo or Tika Sumpter could’ve done a decent job. But they are not biracial so Hollywood probably wouldn’t go for it. But that’s a cool pic though.lol

  2. @ALL,
    Ta-Nehesi Coates is currently writing “Black Panther” for Marvel Comics.
    His articles in Atlantic Online describe his vision of the Black Panther Kingdom of Wakanda being located in East African Great Lakes region, not Egypt, closer to Nubia/Sudan.
    Read about it here: http://www.theatlantic.com/notes/all/2015/12/conceptualizing-the-black-panther/420759/#note-479466

    Afro-Caribbean graphic artist/novelist, Paul Louise-Julie, has published a graphic novel series, The PACK, about a group of noble born Nubian/Egyptian werewolves. The art and historical accuracy, beyond the werewolf mythology, is stunning.
    Check him out here: https://www.amazon.com/Pack-001-Wolf-Egypt-ebook/dp/B00U6RHJKG

    As a Sci-Fi writer I can appreciate the labor that goes into getting the mythology right by employing painstaking research. We all know that humans originated in the African Great Lakes region. To tie the mythical highly advanced African Kingdom to the area that is tied to the origins or humankind is not only a stroke of genius, it will hopefully encourage people of the African Diaspora, especially our comic book aged children, to become more aware of our history and heritage of achievement in math and science and, of course, whopping ass to maintain the independence of our most worthy of African culture(s)……..

    The subliminal African empowerment messaging that Coates has brought to Black Panther will, hopefully, start a trend in the historically accurate depiction of African based themes and characters in books, films and MSM. Disney his going to invest a ton of money in the upcoming Black Panther movie. As always, nothing breeds repetition (black dignity and superior African ethos based films and books) like success……..

    Beyond the well deserved success of Ta-Nehesi Coates there are a host of other less well known and equally talented black sci-fi-fantasy graphic artists and novelists who are self-published.

    Some of the best Black Science Fiction writers, IMHO, are listed here: http://www.fantasticstoriesoftheimagination.com/a-crash-course-in-the-history-of-black-science-fiction/

    The author of more positive messages on our culture, Milton Davis, an independent Black Science Fiction Fantasy publisher, is whopping TALL ass.
    His Atlanta based publishing company and website can be found here: http://www.mvmediaatl.com/Wagadu/

    I found his work to be historically relevant and supremely entertaining. Look, his futuristic novel “Dark Universe” was waaaaaaaay better than any Star Wars movie I’ve EVER seen. Check it out along with the books of the other authors who contributed to his space opera compilation.

    Rather than complain about Hollywood’s lack of, or misrepresentation of Pan-Africans and disrespect of our historical cultural achievements, you may consider READING the works of some of the above black writers and graphic novelists.

    Even Pan African produced television is still stuck in SLAVERY. I’m tired of our media messaging being about getting our slave-asses kicked. I’m more than anxious to read and watch Pan-African themed media about us” WINNING”.

    WTF..??

    We have the longest winning streak on the planet. Yet we are always depicted as losing to colonialists. Really..?? So, the thousands of years before Europe colonized Africa “some” parts of Africa doesn’t count? And, most importantly, the last 50 years of African independence Revolutions don’t count?

    “Move over Rover, and let Jimi take over..!!”

    There are no longer any excuses for “paying” Hollywood to debase and humiliate Pan-African people and Pan-African culture and by doing so “empowering” them, with our hard-earned cash, to send a negative message about us to the world. Give your children the option of “READING” more positive entertainment messaging.

    You’d be surprised how giving a child an entertaining book will be a much better babysitter than the MSM propaganda tube. And, buying a book on Amazon in Kindle format is much cheaper than buying paperbacks or movie tickets.

    This ain’t no Bean Pie, Baby..!!

    ONE LAST THING..!!

    Actors, including the “Mulatto Gang” and “New Blacks”, only act the roles/parts that are written. We, for the most part, don’t write the scripts or produce (pay for) the movies. Movie producers bet (billions) on trends. If we, Pan-Africans, start building a trend by supporting black writers, the trend will translate into dollars to support our Pan-African community (artists, writers) and our desire for culturally relevant themes in movies, TV and books.

    Lets stop “bitching” about the “mulatto gang” and start buying and cheering for our Pan-African writers. Tell your friends and family about Milton Davis and a host of other Pan-African Sci-Fi/Fantasy novelists and graphic artists “you’ve recently discovered”.

    For every Facebook post about “Marvel Superhero Movies” we should have “10” posts and “likes” about Pan-African graphic novelists and Sci-Fi / fantasy authors.

    Use that energy in a positive way.

    Start today…!!!

    I promise you’ll enjoy the journey…

    • Thanks for the comment Black Sci Fi. A friend of mine told me about Coates writing for Black Panther. It’s been getting great reviews and people like the direction of the character. I think this will only increase the hype for the Black Panther film. And now that Lupita Nyongo will be in it….it’s sure to be an even better film! I agree that we should support the black men and women who create sci-fi books and graphic novels from a black perspective.
      http://www.forharriet.com/2014/08/7-black-women-science-fiction-writers.html#axzz49VKP9msC
      http://blacksciencefictionsociety.com/
      http://amazingstoriesmag.com/2013/09/afrocentric-science-fiction-conventions/
      And my brother Mshindo Kuumba is one of my favorite artists. The brother is very underrated.
      http://www.afropunk.com/profiles/blogs/meet-visual-artist-mshindo-kuumba
      But I agree we do need to use our energy in a positive way. Although we kind of got on a rant we were just pointing out we don’t don’t like the direction of many black characters. But that’s to be expected in a white system. But we need to create our own stories and make our own independent films,comic books and tv shows.
      You said:
      “For every Facebook post about “Marvel Superhero Movies” we should have “10” posts and “likes” about Pan-African graphic novelists and Sci-Fi / fantasy authors.”
      You make a very good point. I grew up reading comic booksa as a kid. I don’t read them as much as I used to but there are a few black artists I do like. I’m not sure if many of my followers are into graphic novels or sci-fi fantasy art. But if more people tell me they’re interested in it I will do post about them. I’m not against it at all. Thanks for the comment. You brought up some very valid points.

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