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Three Seas

The Three Seas were teeming with life within and upon the shores in the early days of the wandering. An Ice Age, brought on by yet as unknown circumstances, caused the hunters and gatherers to migrate south into what today is called Europe.

In the beginning

Legends abound that mankind was almost destroyed in the days before the great Ice Age that covered much of the known world. Most of the legends go back to a single clan - some to even a single family. Today, though, anthropologists suggest that modern man began in the rain forests below the Sahara along the shores of what is today known as the Oceania Grande.

The Rain forests of southern Africa

In the seventh century AD, Muslim armies venturing into the jungles south of Egypt found primitive peoples that treated them as "gods." This displeased the leadership, who proclaimed a single unseen God. The aborigines, though, came to accept the religion of these "white men," and they were left to their simple life styles. Ancient Phoenician cities, though, had sprung up on the coast of what is now known as the Eastern Sea. These cities had long since learned the dangers of the rain forest, choosing instead to sail along the sea's coastline.

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Africa: Mankind's 'home town'?

Meanwhile, the dark-skinned inhabitants of the interior fought among themselves for the vast resources -- fauna and flora, having little interest in minerals deep in the ground. They remained in what anthropologists call the "Stone Age." It was not until modern times, then, that scientists began to explore the remains of abandoned villages to seek the "roots" of mankind. Not all scientists agree that the evidence points to an "out of Africa" origin of mankind, though. Some claim that these peoples ended up in these jungles about the same time as European and Egyptian civilizations were beginning. Evidence, to say the least, is contradictory.

Whatever the truth, the colonization of the continent in the 18th century by Europeans would lead to first an exploitation of the people (as slaves to the Americas) and then to exploitation of its mineral riches. In the 21st century, in fact, many experts say there is a danger that the rain forests will disappear by the middle of the century due to overuse of the land.

The Great Migration

Ice Age Migration - SE

Tribal groups: Brown(Hamitic), Yellow(Asian), Olive(Semitic), White(European)

Evidence also indicates that a gradual migration from the northern regions of the Eastern Sea (ancient records called it the "Middle Sea") and then down between the two northern seas known today as the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea. The forests of the north were teeming with life which kept the early wanderers well fed for millennia. However, as the weather changed with the Ice Age, the tribes were forced south, but not back into the Sahara. They migrated down into the great Eurasian continent.

The Occident

The "Occident" is derived from the Latin term "toward the sunset," and defines the tribes that migrated the farthest from the cradle of civilization. The migration began as tribes "finding space" when they could no longer get along. Legend and sacred texts speak of the attempt to live together even when they had been told to separate by God. Whatever the case, separate they did.

As the tribes fought among themselves, some chose the wilderness of the north as the safest place to be. Their enemies would stop following them as the weather got colder. Some of these tribes were more paranoid than others, and became recluse in the frigid plains and foothills of the Himalayan mountains. These found caves for shelter and hunted the hardy wildlife for most of their food. As the ice receded, they ended in the rugged lands north of China, referring to themselves as the Sindh. From this stock would come both the Hindi ([S]indi), and the Chinese {the Shin). They would also navigate the Great Western Sea to populate what is now known as Indonesia and Polynesia.

Others banded together and claimed the vast untapped wilderness of the interior of the continent. Gradually they would reach the shore of the equatorial waters from which they would further migrate to the southern hemisphere of what today is West America. These people were the forefathers of the Russian and Mongolian peoples of today.

The Orient

Conversely, the "Orient" is the land toward the rising sun - the East. These were the tribes that took the path of least resistance and went south along the shores of what they came to call the Eastern Sea. Over time they would trade with the tribes that "stayed behind," as well as those that went down into the great continent to their east, across the Eastern Sea, but mostly, they settled along the shores and into the tropical forests of the southeastern portion of the continent.

Prominent tribes of these wanderers would become the British and Norse of the far south, and the Germans and Greeks of the central portion of the subcontinent. Tribes would fight over the Italian Peninsula, the winners eventually ruling the whole Eastern world and setting the stage for much of civilization's advances (though mostly syncretistic in its approach). This was the great Roman Empire. From the base of what would be called "Eastern Civilization" the world of today would rise to prominence over all others.

Semitic World

The tribes that stayed closest to their roots were the Semitic tribes, known today as the Arabic people but with a historically significant subgroup known as the Jews. The most prominent of the Semitic forefathers was a man named Abraham, from whom sprang numerous tribes that occupy the area north of Africa to this day. Other Semitic people were the historic Aramaic peoples. Some Semitic tribes were significant in the rise of the second Babylon which gave way to the Persians.

More to come ...

Africa

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Civilization arises in the desert

Two major groups rose in Africa, having migrated there by way of the northern shore of the "Eastern Sea." The people who claimed the thin coastal plain were known as Canaanites and later as Palestinians. Their fellow Hamitic people, though continued around and across the Nile River to populate Africa. In the North, the Egyptians and the Ethiopians would form impressive civilizations. In the south, tribes would regress to more primitive ways as they dealt with rain forests and wild animals.

The Egyptians would flourish, at times in conflict with the Ethiopians, for a millennium, depending on the waters of the Nile River. The Nile, flowing from the mountains of western Ethiopia, was less generous to its 'home land,' but the darker skinned tribes thrived in their own way. The Egyptians would come to trade with the Greek culture that itself had traded with the Minoan civilization on an island that stood between the two great nations.

Civilization

Settling down along the shores of the Eastern Sea, hunter-gatherers began to grow crops along the rivers of present day Turkey. From there, anthropologists claim, civilization spread in many different tribes. Hardy herdsmen herded sheep, camels, and some cattle across the great plains of the northern shore of Eastern Sea and back into the northern Sahara of Africa. It was there that the great Egyptian civilization thrived, later to be emulated by the Greeks and then the Romans as the world that we now know began to take shape.

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