Two Cradle Theory

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Two Cradle Theory is the supposition that that the severe climate and environment of Europe and Asia caused biological and cultural changes in the original human type resulting in the loss of pigmentation biologically and the development of an individualistic, xenophobic, aggressive, nomadic culture among the white isolates, in contrast to the cooperative, xenophillic, peaceful, sedentary culture among the darker skinned people who still inhabited the more benign climatic and environmental zones. Not only did nature fashion the instincts, habits and ethical concepts of the two subdivisions before they met after a long separation, Dr Diop’s Theory also claims that these early molds had permanent effects on the two civilizations which have endured until the present time.[1]

notice the placement of the different peoples of the Earth, the most peaceful people live in warm climates that have many resources, while the more warlike, aggressive peoples live in colder more scarce zones.

Specifics

As the theory goes, there are two types of civilizations on Earth. One is the civilization that began and flourished in the Equitorial, and resource plentiful zones of the Earth, and the other would be the type that began in the colder and less resourceful zones of the Earth. Some examples of the plentiful civilizations would be would be the Kemetic, Olmec, Nubian, Harrapan, Inuit (Eskimo), and Taino civilizations. Some Examples of the colder climate peoples would be Roman, Macedonian, Persian, Aztec, Russian. Assyrians English, etc. Some peoples who developed in cold climates fell into the plentiful category because of the abundance of resources, and the ability to travel to warmer climates, in the case of the Inuit people who had immense food resources to supplement their need. In the case of the Assyrians, they lived in a warm climate, but it was too warm and barren, and thus they developed a culture more in line with the colder peoples.

Characteristics

Warm, Plentiful Peoples Cold, Scarce Peoples
Abundance of vital resources Bareness of resources.
Sedentary-agricultural Nomadic-hunting (piracy)
idealistic Parochialism
Gentle Hostile
peaceful nature Warlike, due to hostile neighbors
Mainly matriarchal family Patriarchal family
Emancipation of women in domestic life Debasement/enslavement of women
Territorial state City state (fortress)
Xenophilia (love and curiosity of foreigners) Xenophobia (fear and distrust of foreigners)
Cosmopolitanism Moral solitude
Social collectivism (village culture) Individualism
Literature emphasizes novel tales, fables and comedy Literature favors tragedy [2]

notes

  1. http://worldafropedia.com/wiki/index.php?title=TCTJHC
  2. http://www.jalumi.com/class/csu/Two_Cradle_Theory.htm
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