I hated science in high school, loathed it college, and didn’t touch it with a ten-foot poll in graduate school. Everything changed, when I started to learn about African religions. Quantum theories suddenly became interesting. I fell in love with the three laws of thermodynamics, because it so accurately described our ancestors’ view of the world.
African ideas about death are incredibly similar to the laws of quantum theories.
The first law of thermodynamics states that energy cannot be created or destroyed. It is merely transformed. Virtually all-African religions believe that life did not end with death. In fact, death was a new beginning that allowed people to transcend to different realms. There is no solid line between life and death. And the world of the living, and the world of the dead are not always mutually exclusive. Our ancestors understood energy, long before it was studied in the West.
The second law involves a more complicated concept called entropy.
Entropy measures information that tends to decrease or increase over a long period of time. This means that some of the oldest civilizations in the world have the most unavailable information. Information in today’s world is known as energy. Our ancestors called it ashé. They called it ashé, and they describe death as the decrease of power, life force, or ashé. They believed in different levels of life and death. If someone was experiencing misfortune, it meant that his or her vital force, or ashé, was diminishing in power.
The third law states that when energy decreases to zero, entropy or chaos become more constant.
This is because atoms can only store a limited amount of information. This means that missing data is possibly stored in anti-worlds or parallel realities. Our ancestors understood that death does not alter or end the life force of an individual, but causes it to change its condition. Like a body disintegrating in a grave, the information, vital force, or ashé began to transform into a collective force called “ancestors.”
I am amazed that even today, many people believe that African religions are all about silly superstitions and myths that cannot be validated.
Slowly, we are beginning to understand many of the concepts of African religions through the science of quantum physics. There is a whole world out there and we can start to explore it by reconnecting to our ancestors.
Yamaya Cruz is the author of When The Shadows Began To Dance. She writes about African spirituality, chakra healing, shamanism and much more.