THE KISWAHILI-BANTU RESEARCH UNIT FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF THE ANCIENT EGYPTIAN LANGUAGE

NUBIA

TA-KENS

TA-KINIOSHA

                                                                                TA KNS

 

THE LAND THAT STRETCHES OUT

 

THE LAND OF THE BOW (THE STRETCHER)

 

Researched by Ferg Somo 25th Nov 2008

 

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PART 1

 

Ancient Nubia extended from what is today Southern Egypt to the north of Sudan as   seen by the map below. Ta-Kens, the name of Ancient Nubia conceals the following meanings embedded within the consonants and vowels of the word.

(a) The extending land or the land that stretches out

(b) The land of the bow

Map of Ancient Nubia

 

 

So how may these two conceptual meanings be reconciled?

 

In order to understand both meanings one has to examine the configuration of a bow. A bow is a weapon consisting of an arch of flexible wood bent by stretching a string.

 

Thus to draw a bow is to pull the bow string tightly, this in turn stretches the string and bends the bow. It is becoming clear in the scheme of things that the key idea here is one of stretching out, straightening, pulling, and bending the bow string in order to unleash its arrow.

 

Words which define a bow in Bantu languages vary. Some Bantu languages define a bow as a bending, a thing bent. Thus in the Kiswahili-Bantu language one of the words used for a bow is derived from the word PINDA, bend. Thus UPINDE is a bow.

 

However in the Zulu-Bantu language the key concept of a bow is defined from the ideophone NSA, of tightness, or drawing tightly.    

 

Nubian Soldiers with bows

 

Model of Nubian bowmen

THE T

THE BOW

                                                                            

KNSBOW

THE BOW KINIOSHA

 

‘THAT WHICH STRETCHES OUT’ 

 

‘THE STRETCHER’

    

Observing the picture above reveals the bows carried by the Ancient Nubians as   straight sticks, slightly bent. In other words the bows were in the relaxed position prior to drawing or stretching them.

 

As mentioned above the Zulu-Bantu word for a bow is derived from the ideophone NSA and conveys the idea of tautness, and of drawing tightly. If one examines the Nubian word for a bow one notices that NSA appears in K+NS. Hence it is reasonable to assume that NSA formed part of the word.

 

However the Zulu-Bantu word for a bow uses the ideophone NSA to derive the word UM-NSALA.

 

NSALA means to tie securely, draw tight, make taut, strain, pull taught. Thus the bow UM-NSALA, means, ‘that which is drawn tight, or that which is stretched out’. In the Osindonga-Bantu language to straighten, stretch out, is associated with drawing a bow.

 

The equivalent word NSA, in Kiswahili-Bantu is given as NYOSHA or NIOSHA. Notice, the letters are similar to Zulu-Bantu NSA. The equivalent word in Bemba Bantu has the form NYUNSA or NIUNSA, again notice the ending NSA.

 

The Kiswahili-Bantu word NIOSHA means, to be stretched out, straightened, strain and pull using force. The Bemba-Bantu word NIUNSA is equivalent to NIOSHA and has similar meanings. Thus NIUNSA means, to extend, to be stretched out or draw.

 

The Kiswahili-Bantu word KI+NIOSHA → KINIOSHA means ‘that which is stretched, or that which is pulled using force’ equivalent to a stretcher. This means straining a bow as mentioned earlier.

 

The action of a bow in use is defined by pulling and stretching the bow string which in turn bends the bow. When not in use the bow straightens out to its original position as may be seen in the diagram.

 

The Kiswahili-Bantu phrase NIOSHA UPINDE means to stretch a bow, and by association it means bend a bow.

 

Note SH = S.

NUBIA

THE LAND OF THE BOW

 THE LAND THAT EXTENDS

 

TA-KINIOSHA

 

TA-KENS

The word for land in the Ancient Egyptian language is TA. Ti is its Kiswahili-Bantu form and means land.

 

Thus Ancient Nubia was known as TA-KINIOSHA, the land that extends or the land that pulls and stretches the bow (understood).

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In part 2 of this investigation which will follow on, the second name for Ancient Nubia commonly referred to as TA-SETI will be decoded.

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Researched by Ferg Somo 25th Nov 2008