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Yurugu: An African-Centered Critique of European Cultural Thought and Behavior Paperback – April, 1994

ISBN-13: 978-0865432482 ISBN-10: 0865432481 Edition: F First Edition

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 636 pages
  • Publisher: Africa World Press; F First Edition edition (April 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865432481
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865432482
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

The book is well written, very documented.
Lil Izquierdo
I recommend this book to any student wishing to learn about ways to do an overtly political type of anthropology.
Nick, a student
You wont see anything in my opinion, until you read this book my friends.
Reciprocity

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75 of 77 people found the following review helpful By R. Wood on December 14, 2005
Format: Paperback
I first read this book several years ago. It was so far over my head at the time. I needed a dictionary by my side to get through pretty much every page. Yet, I knew somehow that I needed to get through it. And, somehow I did. Even though, when I was done, I had to admit that there was so much of it I just flat out did not understand.

But, then, as time went on, I found that the firm foundation of struggling through Ani's work was _exactly_ what I needed to prepare me for what was to come later in my Journey of Life.

I was able to read, and eventually understand, Ra Un Nefer Amen's "Metu Neter" because Ani forced me to get a grasp on the meaning, implications, and ramifications of Cosmology.

I was able to understand Welsing's "Isis Papers" because Ani taught me to step outside the box America had taught me from birth to imprison myself within and to question everything meticulously.

I was able, after years of denial, to recognize the wide and deep chasm between christianity and Christ because of the foundation Ani lay, warning me gently, without condemnation, that all was not as it seemed.

I could go on and on. But, instead, I will end by simply saying two things. One, an Afrikan is a fool, unworthy of benefiting from his ancestor's struggles, if he allows anyone to tell him what to read. And, two, if the childen of those who enslaved your ancestors are kicking and screaming, throwing a fit, and insisting that something you are about to do is wrong ... then that is a very good sign that you are on the right path to Knowing Self.

A wise scribe, thousands of years ago, wrote upon his books of wisdom, when he foresaw that soon others would come and corrupt his teachings:

"Be hidden, until an older heaven births human beings who are worthy of your wisdom."

Ani is one of those beings, birthed by heaven to be worthy of the wisdom of Tehuti.

Istlota
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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful By 00110011 on December 1, 2005
Format: Paperback
For those that make it their business to understand the ongoing dynamic of racism, as it is fueled by capitalism, xenophobia and institutional racism - Yurugu offers the pinacle of dialogue. What makes it equally interesting is that it also draws from traditional sources to provide esoteric insight into the matter as well. This is probably the most brave and holistic book about Eurocentricism gone awry ever.

Book stores are gradually finding out how important a book it is and starting to overcharge! It is still easily found by those who make a little effort.

COLLECTORS, DO NOT PAY MORE THAN $40 FOR A NEW COPY! Used copies can be easily found for around $20.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Reciprocity on August 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
I bought this book 4 years ago at a time when I was searching for information about my self and ways to critically analyze my life and aproach to living as a Black man. I had heard of Ani's work via net searches and online excerpts from the book. From the few excerpts I read I knew that this book was one for me to have and "study" not just read. I must say that it was a painful, yet healing process, because with each page I could feel my mind shedding many of it's negative european conditionings and begin to reconnect to my heart, the true source of life as the Ancient Blacks of India (Read Anacalypsis I and II) and Africa knew.

It is an overt polemic to say the least and Ani pulls no punches in that regard, but this work must be viewed as it is intended: A critique of European behaviours, thoughts and spirit. Most people who have given this work a negative rating may not have paid attention to Indo-european history. I say "Indo-european" because many of the ancient Arab peoples were historically of the same lineage and those in power in Many Arab nations have the same traits. To the masses European and Arab cultures seem at odds but I beleive they work together in the backgroun, the so called manipulators of both sides work together to maintain control. Patriarchial consciousness and the degredation of the feminine are Yurugu traits, and even though they predominate in Indo-european cultures, ALL males in ALL cultures have the capacity to turn on their females but most cultures who are the majority here on earth (Non Indo-Euro) maintain a balance like a healthy organism, until they come into contact with Indo-europeans and then the disease state of mind begins.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 29, 1999
Format: Paperback
Marimba Ani provided a tool to lift the "veil" of reality that has been draped over our minds during the last 2 mellinea. She was formerly known as Dr. Donna Richards, "Let the Circle be Unbroken", wich is also short necessary reading. As a prequel New readers might also want to obtain: "Psychopathic Racial Personality" --Dr. Bobby E. Wright "The Falsification of African Conscious" --Dr. Amos N. Wilson "Chains and Images of Slavery"--Dr. Naim Akbar "Community of Self"--Dr. Naim Akbar Dr. Amos Wilson's Books (the remaider)are must reads!! Along with the Compliment book by Oba T'Shaka "Black Male/Female Equality[sic]" (even though the title should read "...Complimentarity". Please feel free to email me for discussion of the topics or help through them. P.S. don't forget to read Obenga's, "African Deep Thought" for a discussion of the Affirmative African Thought Structure/Science. Damu...
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