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In my eBook titled Where is the Love? How Language Can Reorient Us Back to Love’s Purpose (2013b), I sought to define love from an African and historical comparative linguistic standpoint. I came to the conclusion that love, ultimately, derives from a root that means “to extend one’s hand, to help, to aid”; thus making love a “verb.” There was another aspect of the overall conversation that centered on how indigenous African people conceptualized the human being, their attitude towards the person and how one’s significant other was to be viewed within the grand cosmological scheme of things. It is on the latter aspect of that discussion that I would like to elaborate on briefly here given the big upcoming “holiday” of Valentine’s Day, which is a good time for reflecting on intimate human relationships.

Women greeting each other in Mogadishu.

Women greeting each other in Mogadishu.

It’s interesting the West African philosophy of “greeting” someone in comparison to how we engage it, typically, in the U.S. In ancient Egypt, the God component of man, that spark of energy directly connected to the Greater Spirit, is called {kA} (Twi /okra/; Ga /kla/; Teke /nkira/) “soul.” In Coptic this is pronounced {ki} (in Jaba /kyu/). The front vowel caused a palatalization effect in other African languages. In Igbo it is pronounced {chi} and may be ultimately connected to the concept of “chi” in Chinese.


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