Comparing Oromo and ancient Egyptian philosophy

This preliminary study compares basic Oromo ontological and ethical principles with those of ancient Egypt. It relies on G. Megerssa’s revised Ph.D. dissertation (1993) for its analysis of Oromo ontology and ethics. The present study shows that Oromo and ancient Egyptian cosmology both assume the oneness of the Creator and what is created. Furthermore, the Oromo use of the concept of ‘nagaa’ or peace to test their adherence to ‘saffu’ or the moral code calls to mind the ancient Egyptian concept of ‘maat’, the peace, harmony, order, balance that must characterize man’s responsibility to the continuance of life. The study’s primary purpose is to encourage the development of comparative research programmes on ancient Egyptian and Oromo philosophies, in order to contribute to mapping the flow of philosophy in Africa. Its practical objective is to discover a philosophy that can help rescue Africa and the world from imminent catastrophe. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]

Title: Comparing Oromo and ancient Egyptian philosophy
Author: Verharen, Charles
Year: 2008
Periodical: The journal of Oromo studies
Volume: 15
Issue: 2
Pages: 1-31
Language: English
Geographic terms: Ethiopia
Egypt
Abstract: This preliminary study compares basic Oromo ontological and ethical principles with those of ancient Egypt. It relies on G. Megerssa’s revised Ph.D. dissertation (1993) for its analysis of Oromo ontology and ethics. The present study shows that Oromo and ancient Egyptian cosmology both assume the oneness of the Creator and what is created. Furthermore, the Oromo use of the concept of ‘nagaa’ or peace to test their adherence to ‘saffu’ or the moral code calls to mind the ancient Egyptian concept of ‘maat’, the peace, harmony, order, balance that must characterize man’s responsibility to the continuance of life. The study’s primary purpose is to encourage the development of comparative research programmes on ancient Egyptian and Oromo philosophies, in order to contribute to mapping the flow of philosophy in Africa. Its practical objective is to discover a philosophy that can help rescue Africa and the world from imminent catastrophe. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]