• Little Known Black History Fact: The Kings of Kush

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    The Kushite rulers were buried in significantly marked mass graves, outlined with stones. Along with burial practices, the Kushites had adopted many of the known Egyptian practices such as the use of pyramids and adopting the names of Gods for their kingship names.

    One of the more well-known kings was King Piya, who ruled from 743 to 712 BC. King Piya ruled Upper Egypt and Nubia from Napata and Thebes. He had declared himself king for all of the land. It was his rule and the rule of a future king, his son, Taharqa, who brought the Meroitic script style of writing to Egypt along with large amounts of prosperity.

    The Kingdom of Kush may have been ruled under a “Robinhood” concept; the extra produce collected from the people would be redistributed, or everyone lived off the land. In history, the Kushite capital was eventually captured in battle and burnt to the ground in 1st century AD by the Roman province of Egypt.

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