Great article I thought I’d share with yall… Originally posted on UK’s ZuluNation Website…
The True Story Of Nursery Rhymes
It’s been a while since I have written an article for this site and what better way to represent the Mighty Zulu Nation than to drop more jewels for those of you who have a thirst for knowledge.
It has been stated that the art of rapping had been ingrained within the community as a way to relay information way back in ancient Nubia (Africa) along with the talking drum, these were two mediums that were used long before the advent of newspapers and your internet.
This custom was carried over into the Maafa (Our Holocaust) and the way to communicate current events about the plantation owners and rebellions etc would be to use the drum or to put it to song.
However, Nubia wasn’t the only place that this art form was used, for all the way through Europe rhyming was used as a way to relay the current events of the day and are still being recited in the form of Nursery Rhymes.
For instance did you know that Georgie Porgie was a rhyme about the Prince Regent George IV (1762 – 1830) who was allegedly over weight hence the term “pudding and pie”. It has been written that he was an adulterer who had no regard for women (kissed the girls and made them cry). The next section of the rhyme talks about an illegal bare knuckle fight that the Prince attended where one of the fighters died (when the boys came out to play……..). The Prince ran and the rest is history. You have to remember that it was a punishable offence to mock or criticise Royalty so the authors of these rhymes had to encode everything they were saying.
What about Hickory Dickory Dock? Did you know that it was a rhyme about Oliver Cromwells’ son Richard and how his reign came to a humiliating end. Even “Mary, Mary quite contrary” has its’ roots in a mock rhyme about Queen Mary I of England and her garden growing was an euphemism for her empty womb as she was said to be barren. It has become common knowledge that “Ring-a-Ring o’ Roses” has been accredited to the Plague although scholars are beginning to refute this.
The point is that Rap as we have it today has been given the label of being sexist, materialist and violent however on closer observation when did you last hear a Rap song being taught repeatedly in schools? Nursery Rhymes have the most negative meanings and yet we teach these to our children every day.
Talk about subliminal brainwashing. Don’t believe me? The following rhyme is probably one of the most popular in existence however its’ origin is not so care free. Humpty Dumpty has for many years been represented by a jolly egg sitting on a wall. The egg falls and “poor old Humpty Dumpty” has the good old folk of the village rallying around him to put him back together again. Humpty Dumpty though was recorded in history as being a Cannon used by Royalists fighting for King Charles I during the English Civil War in 1642-1651 against Oliver Cromwells’ forces (The Round Heads).
During the siege of Colchester (1648) victory was near for the Royalists however the tower on which the cannon (Humpty Dumpty) was placed was blown up and Humpty Dumpty fell to the ground. “All the Kings horses and all the Kings men” tried in vain to put Humpty Dumpty together again however this was an impossible task. The battle was won by the Roundheads thus contributing to the downfall of the Royalist forces. Who says history isn’t interesting. So the next time someone tells you that Rap is full of violence and sexism you can refer them back to any nursery rhyme book and set the record straight.
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