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Aaluja Vol. II: Cyena-Ntu Religion and Philosophy (Jan. 2020) has a mission that is unique from most texts written about African religions. One major difference is that it is a comparative study that seeks connections between African wisdom traditions based on their language family connections (i.e., Cyena-Ntu or Negro-Egyptian). Another major difference is that it seeks to measure the antiquity of certain modern African practices by comparing them to similar practices evident in ancient Egyptian and Sumerian texts. The combination of the language ties, plus the concepts and practices written down in ancient texts as old as 3000 BCE, grounds certain modern African practices in antiquity and can be assumed to be present among the original speakers of the proto-language (i.e., Post-Classic Cyena-Ntu). Some of the objectives of Aaluja Vol. II are as follows:
- To seek out valid and accurate information about indigenous African ways of knowing and being from the perspective of their own epistemological orientations.
- To properly define key terms and concepts in indigenous African wisdom traditions.
- To provide valid etymologies for some of Africa’s major religious vocabulary to better understand African religious concepts in order to extrapolate the initial motivations for certain religious practices and motifs.
- To be able to distinguish priestly knowledge based in reality vs. information rooted in speculation (e.g., based in paronymy).
- To discover, document, and organize indigenous African pedagogical techniques.
- To reconstruct African wisdom traditions of related African communities using modern scientific tools of analysis.
- To mine timeless values and useful practices as conceptual grounding to construct an African-American wisdom tradition without all the baggage and shortcomings of traditional African systems.
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