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Once again, we are forced to correct the distortions in history. We have all been taught that competitive sport started in Greece when in reality it started in Africa. These distortions have given people of African descent the false impression that sports like archery, rowing, javelin throwing, etc, originated in Europe, when in reality they were practiced all over Africa centuries before Greece even existed. Most people often associate karate with Asia, however, the most popular sport in Brazil today, the capoeira, (see article below) is a form of martial arts. How did martial arts get to Brazil? Did the Asians teach the Brazilians? Not at all. Capoeira was taken from Africa to Brazil by our enslaved ancestors and that is how martial arts came to Brazil, which proves that martial arts was a common sport all over Africa. In fact, these sports continue to be practiced today by the Nuba people of Sudan and it is these Africans, not the Greeks, that historians studied, in order to decipher the different movements depicted on the walls of the tombs and temples in Egypt. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLV3qAWO-q0 (This short clip is a history lesson by itself.) Our ancestors knew that one day we would have to reclaim our stolen legacy and that is why they left images on the walls of their tombs and temples to help reeducate us. Click on the link below then scroll down to see some of the sports that Africans invented. The Greeks simply copied them. Please forward to others after reading. Hort
Ancient Egyptian Sports
Many of today's sports were practiced by the Ancient Egyptians, who set the rules and regulations for them. Inscriptions on monuments indicate that they practiced wrestling, weightlifting, long jump, swimming, rowing, shooting, fishing and athletics, as well as various kinds of ball games. Ancient Egyptian kings, princes and statesmen were keen on attending sports competitions, which they encouraged and provided with the necessary equipment. Drawings on pharaonic monuments tell us that several thousand years ago, the Egyptians had laid down basic rules for games, chosen a neutral referee, a uniform for players, and a means of announcing the winners by awarding them different collars. Both winner and loser were met with ovation, the first for his superiority and the latter for his sporting spirit
The following is an expose of some ancient Egyptian sports:
Ancient Egypt: Sports
http://www.ancient-egypt-online.com/ancient-egypt-sports.html (click here to see paintings)
It is obvious from the scenes depicted on on pyramid and temple walls that ancient Egyptians knew how to keep fit; obviously in ancient Egypt sports must have been a part of the daily life and culture. Archeologists and scholars have uncovered interesting bits of information about the ancient Egyptian sports practiced thousands of years ago.
The history on ancient Egypt sports was comprised of a variety of games and sports. Quite surprisingly ancient Egypt games and sport are not that different from the games we practice and enjoy today. Murals and paintings dating back to the days of the ancient Egyptians indicate that the pharaoh and his people enjoyed such activities as wrestling and javelin throwing.
Javelin throwing was most likely associated with hunting for both sport and the provision of food. Likewise, archery was a very popular sports recreation in Egypt; although it seems to have been practiced more by royalty for entertainment purposes than for practical means.
With the fact that Egypt lies on the banks of the Nile River it is quite likely to assume that many of the ancient Egyptian sports were water related. Evidence indicates that Egyptians enjoyed such sporting events as swimming and rowing.
Ball game painting
Judging by drawings and paintings, ancient Egypt sports also included an assortment of ball games. One of the games involving ball play appears to be a version of handball, while other games were played using balls and bats fashioned from palm trees. Though these ball games probably never reached the frenzied state of popularity as they exist in the modern world, ball games appear to have been enjoyed by children and adults alike.
Many of the ancient Egypt sports seem to have been enjoyed for the pure fun of it; while others might have developed into professional spectator sporting events. Certainly the latter would have been attended by the royal family of Egypt as a means of entertainment and diversion.
In addition, ancient Egypt sports included lengthy marathons that were recorded in a number of ancient Egyptian texts. Marathons seem to have even played a part in the coronation festivities of pharaohs throughout most ancient Egyptian history.
What is the Most Popular Sport in Egypt?
Soccer is quite popular in modern Egypt, however just like their ancestors from long ago, modern Egyptians also enjoy a variety of other sports such as squash, tennis, and even golf has found its way onto the Egyptian sports scene.
The kemetic origins of Martial Arts
Capoeira (IPA: [ka.pu.ˈej.ɾɐ],Tupi-Guarani word for - clear area) is a blend of martial art, game, and dance originated in Brazil, from the regions known as Bahia, Pernambuco, Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais, and São Paulo. The art form originated in Brazil during the 16th century, an obvious result of the slave trading that took place in conjunction with the previously enslaved native Indians. Capoeira was created and developed by slaves brought from Africa. Participants form a roda (circle) and take turns playing instruments, singing, and sparring in pairs in the center of the circle. The game is marked by fluid acrobatic play, feints, and extensive use of groundwork, as well as sweeps, kicks, and headbutts. Less frequently-used techniques include elbow-strikes, slaps, punches, and body-throws. (to read the history of capoeira click on the wikipedia site above)