April 24, 2007.
In his book titled The World’s Religions Our Great Wisdom Traditions, Huston Smith gave his insights about Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Islam, Judaism, Christianity, and The Primal Religions.
In its March 2006 issue, the National Geographic Magazine published the results of years of DNA research, which led to the mapping of human migration out of Ethiopia to all continents of the globe.
In an interview with an Ethiopian newspaper, Jean Doresse, the famous French Egyptologist, had the following to say in a response to a question of how ancient Greece, Egyptian and Ethiopian civilizations are.
“Ethiopia is older than Pharaonic Egypt. We have some proofs for this. People working on Ethiopia did not find the language of ancient Egypt in Ethiopia. But in ancient Egyptian we found many words which are in Ethiopia, both in Amharic and even more in Oromiffa [Oromo language]. So, the conclusion is that Ethiopia is the birthplace of ancient civilization which developed later in Egypt and much later on in Greece and other countries.”
In his book titled The Oromo An Ancient People Great African Nation, Martial De Salviac observed the following (as translated by Ayalew Kanno). “Put side by side the Hebrew Yawah, the Wei of ancient Chinese, the Iowa of the Corianians of Birmanie, the Ewah of the Swahili, the Wata of ancient France, the Waaqa of the Oromo, and acknowledge all that these names offer, at the first glance of the eye, an authentic diploma of antiquity of the good alloy.”
While De Salviac’s observations and the National Geographic Magazine’s Genographic research results appear to be in agreement, Smith’s list of the world’s religions lacks one that is from the source of humanity. That could potentially be a source of misunderstanding of the world’s religions or of an absence of a full account of the world’s religions.
In its recent issue, Burqaa Magazine reported that a new religious book has been published and released in Finfinne (Addis Ababa), Ethiopia’s capital. This book is reported to be the book of Waqeffanna (Oromo religion). It may be the first of its kind from the African continent, and most probably with the oldest concepts in wisdom traditions. According to the description in Burqa, the book has 468 pages and uses its own calendar, which stands at 6400. There is another number, 07911, which the reporter indicates to be in the book. We can only speculate if this is meant to be September 11, 2007, which coincides with Ethiopia’s new millennium. There are evidences that suggest that Ethiopia’s New Year is based on Cushitic calendar. If the speculation about the number is right, there is reason to think that this Ethiopian new millennium celebration will open a new door for Ethiopia, Africa, and the world at large.