Our ancestors knew

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Kgomotso Phuti Sibeko

African facial scarring.

“Africans (people of Gondwana) were aware of the fact that you can travel through space -not through the sky like a bird, but the universe. Africans knew, amongst many things, that it is the Earth which moves around the Sun, and not the other way around. That the Earth is a feminine creature and the Sun is a male creature, and, therefore, the Earth is the mobile one who dances around the Sun – the beautiful princess who dances around the fiery king who is the Sun. Our people knew that the Earth was a sphere. Our people knew about germs and their function.”~ Bab’ Credo Muthwa

This ancient knowledge was the foundation of many practices and rituals in African culture, rare knowledge that was only passed down from the ancestors to initiates, who where the sole bearers of the secrets.

Navigating through Africa, we come across many people with markings on their faces and we wondered what they where for. Most people with the scarrings don’t know themselves about the deeper meaning and simply say “it’s for cultural decorations” when asked.

The scarring proces:

Scarification was performed in various ways depending on the purpose and tribe. A sharp object (sometimes a stone or coconut shell) was pressed and dragged across the fresh in patterns or designs leaving behind cuts, then some dark pigment such as charcoal or other acerbic plant juice were rubbed into the wound to make permanent blisters, others used fish-hooks to pull the skin and then slice it with a sharp object. Once the wound was inflicted they were further inflamed by rubbing ash and other substances into it, these cuts when healed form heavy raised scars.

Fundamental reasons for facial scarring:

Woman ~In some tribes whenever a woman gave birth to a son, a small mark was put on her face. Scarifying especially on the stomachs was a sign of fertility and willingness to bear children. People believed if a woman was capable of enduring the scarring pain then she was all geared up for the childbirth pains. It was also a desirable quality in a future wife, a welcome gesture from girl to womanhood too.
Men found them attractive and they claim raised scars stay sensitive for many years and give erotic sensation in both men and women when touched or stroked.

Men ~scarification was a sign of strength, courage and bravery. This procedure is understandably painful and took long to heal, so going under it without howling was a brave thing, and crying would be embarrassing yourself and your family. The more scars one had the more respected one was in one’s culture.


Spirituality played a major role. Africans believed in the presence of sprits, good and evil. Facial ‘scarring’ was used to make the person less desirable to the spirit of death.

Some used ‘scarification’ to mark significant moments in their lives, like the birth of a child, loss of a loved one or anything else that has left a mark on their lives or changed the course of life.

There are also those you can compare to army ranks, one had to earn them, those for warriors, bravest of the brave, or the one who killed a predator.

Scarification decoded:

Scarification in its ancient original foundation was an actual LANGUAGE of the scholar spiritual initiates and had a deeper meaning.
The scarrings on the face are WORDS, from the Igama Ikum Ogham Ancient African script.
The scarrings on the face can be translated with the Igama Ikum Ogham Ancient African script because they are words with a deeper meaning.
The Zulu also specialized on the ancient art of facial scarring, from the progenitor but under shaka the practice declined and they became aggressors which they still are today

Igama Ikum Ogham was the script used by ancient Bantu. Kufa was a city where obviously the mfundisi created the script and taught this form of writing to the bands of German-Turkish tribes. These tribes were expelled out of Central Asia, and found their way into various ancient Black kingdoms. Kufa became a place of learning and the script was taught to them. Today it is falsely called Arabic script. It is clear that Kufa , gets its name from ukufa, literally death, which clearly meant you had to be initiated spiritually to learn this script. It is a clear sign that the primordial nucleus and first writers is a band stretching from South Africa to Nigeria , and deserts of Mali. This writing developed in the western horn and then was recorded in Egypt and spread outwards.

Take a look at the pictures below, the statue labelled “Asar ObaTala Eshi Ntu”. The statue is bearing the entire lexicon of Ogam engraved on his face. His full face is cut up with exactly five double crossing slanting lines as well as five straight lines above his lips, across his lips and on his jaws. These lines contain the full Ogam orthography made up of one to five slanting lines and one to five straight lines arranged to the right, to the left and across an axis (the axis in this case is the center ridge of the face as well as the lips). The lips represent the axis, while the lines below and above them represent the Ogam horizontal lines facing right and facing left. The lines hatching across the nose represent the slanting Ogam lines. Five lines in Ogam whether straight or slanting, to the right, or the left and across the central axis give the following letters Kw/Kh/Yi/R/N and contain all the other letters (four lines, three lines, two lines and single lines. The short lines across the lips are the vowel notches A, O, U/W, E, I. The lines which are four in number give the letters E/S/Z/SS/K. Where these lines cross, they form X-shaped crosses and cross-hatching and the quadrangles created by the hatching are symbols of the Mother/Goddess. Both the X, the quadrangle, the cross hatching and the square all of which are formed in the scarified face of the statue, are all Ogam letters. The letters formed by the lines are names of ancient gods, Osiris, Ra, kwa, khemi, to name a few.

In conclusion, the scarification process was an ancient ritual to signify the spiritual bond between people, their gods and the universe. It’s one of the first languages, the very first written scripts, with proof of it’s existence on the faces of our people, their gods and ancients scripts.

By wmb3331

Isaiah Israel is a graduate of the University of Hawaii Pacific with a bachelors in Psychology and a deep love for history in which he believes that when you know the past you can understand the present and predict the future course of man and mankind and is the author of the best selling ebook The White Man's Burden Of Lies and Deceit.

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