Saturday, March 27, 2010

INDONESIA'S ROLE IN AFRICAN HISTORY


On 20 March 2010, in a letter to the Financial Times, Robert Dick-Read pointed out that Indonesia has had a role in African history.

According to Dick-Read, not too long after the birth of Christ, Indonesians were visiting Africa.

The first inhabitants of Madagascar were Indonesians who arrived via the African mainland.

It is probable that the Zanj people of Zanzibar and Tanzania were Afro-Indonesians.

Indonesians may have rounded the Cape, and settled along parts of the west coast of Africa.

The evidence comes from things found in Africa which have Asian origins:

(1) plantains, yams, maize and other non-African plants.

(2) elephantiasis which had Asian origins.

(3) musical instruments such as the xylophone.

(4) crafts connected with glass-making.

(5) certain religious belief systems such as divination

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