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Aesop again

Here is another response, by Marangel Clemente, about the post on Aesop.

It is precisely because you ask where are the other great minds of Ethiopia that we need to clear Aesop’s history. Who knows how many other great ones have been wrongfully claimed under both Greek and Roman culture when they are maybe really of African descent.

Dear Marangel, a culture is not one or two or three authors, nor can a particular author appear in any culture whatever. A culture is rooted in a people. Kierkegaard could not have appeared in the Athens of the 5th century, nor in China of any century. Apart from that, It would be a unique phenomenon, if just in case of Ethiopia all of its writers wrote in other languages and were claimed by other traditions, but even in this case, we would have to admit that they changed culture. The culture of Ethiopia, is the culture of the people of Ethiopia, which is not compatible with Aesop.

You contradict yourself when you first state “who cares?” and then go on to conclude that Aesop is definitely Greek. If the original mindset is “who cares?” Well, I care, why not concede it could have easily been African?

I didn’t say that “Aesop is definitely Greek”. I said that “Even if he was born in Ethiopia, he is an alien body in Ethiopia”. Then I asked: “Where is the African culture to which Aesop belongs? … Place him in Ethiopia, and you will not be able to understand him; what Aesop became has not any precedent or continuation in the African culture(s).” You can not criticize this by arguing that Ethiopia had hundreds of Platos and Aristotles, but all of them wrote in Greek or Latin, etc. This is science fiction, not criticism. Of course, the point is elsewhere, as I tried to explain above. If the supposedly many great thinkers of Ethiopian descent did not write in Ethiopian and did not follow the Ethiopian culture, but chose another language and another culture to form their minds and view, then they can not be considered Ethiopian anymore, can they?

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