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X-Posted from H-NET List for African History and Culture <H-AFRICA@H-NET.MSU.EDU> From: Joyce Youmans <youmans@MAIL.H-NET.MSU.EDU> ________ From: "Rota, Giorgio" <Giorgio.Rota@oeaw.ac.at> Date: Mon, May 17, 2010 2:50 pm Asar Imhotep wrote: " A matter of fact, the word Man derives from an African word: IMANA, MWENA, MANI [...] This travelled in the Indo-European languages: mand (danish), man (Swedish), mann (Dutch)". I have the impression that most linguists would not take this statement so matter-of-factually. Even acknowledging that Africa is the cradle of mankind, one does not see easily how this may have happened. Furthermore, a comparison between African words recorded in relatively recent times and the word for "man" in the common Indoeuropean language (which was spoken several millennia before Christ, provided such a language ever existed) does not seem scholarly sound. It seems to posit that African languages are immutable and always existed in the form they have today. Also, comparing Kala/Kaka/Kaka Yetu with Hebrew HaKadosh on the basis that all contain the syllable /ka/ seems somewhat arbitrary. Best regards, Giorgio Rota