zwarte piet

June 23, 2010

if one was to research the historical origins of the santa claus we know of today, you would find that he was originally called sinterklaas.

sinterklass in german or sint nicholaas in dutch or saint nicholas in french is an european winter holiday figure celebrating the death date of saint nicholas, a man who lived from 270- 376  AD in greece.

nicholas, who died on dec 6th, had a reputation for gift giving.

and like many other figures in the roman orthodox catholic church from which modern christianity stems, this man was revered in death as a saint.

however, it wasnt until the late 1700’s that we find similarities to the modern story of santa claus.

sinterklaas became the physical representation for the celebration of saint nicholas death.

only there are a few things about the homage paying that doesnt sit well with me.

for one, were you aware that according to history sinterklaas had a sidekick known as zwarte piet ?

zwarte piet, who in later tales was depicted as a moor, was originally depicted as a devil or demon.

isnt that nice.

it is said zwarte peits part in the celebration was to reward good children with gifts.

however, should he find bad children, he would stuff them into the sack of sinterklaas and carry them off to spain, where i presume were more moors.

and to this day people in the netherlands celebrate saint nicholas eve by dressing as zwarte piet also known over here in the states as black face.

did you also know that it was the roman emperor constantine who in 336 AD changed the celebration later known as christmas to its final resting date of december 25th to wipe out the already existing celebration of yule or the winter solstice ?

and we all know by now where the science of astrology stems from, you guessed it ancient africa.

as a new europe was growing around them, monarchs of ancient greece and rome decided that the ancient teachings they stole should not be for the masses.

and thus began the misconstruing of truths and sciences for the betterment of the future masters who would rule the americas.

the reign of constantine began the belief that astrology, biology, chemistry, alchemy, and many other sciences were paganistic and of the devil. well, at least for average folk it was.

yule and other winter celebrations that were considered “paganism” became the corner stones for modern christian christmas celebrations.

and they didnt stop with christmas, almost every modern holiday stems from ancient african religions long forgotten by us, the desendants.

the monarchs of europe during the third and fourth century pretty much killed anyone who would not convert to a religion they created from stories they learned from the texts of ancient civilizations.

they didnt teach people the origins of these new religious celebrations because the origins lie in the very same culture they claim was of the devil.

sinterklaas and his side kick zwarte piet in my opinion are just another example of our history being stolen and retold to us by people who only wanted to make themselves appear important and dominant.

historically, one can trace every europeoan thought back to ancient africa.

and i hope in my lifetime to learn more about my history as opposed to memorizing myths created by people whose only intention was to confuse my mind beyond recognition.

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One Response to “zwarte piet”

  1. Theodore said

    Actually Zwarte Piet as such is a fairly recent addition, his roots may go back to ancient death, fertility and sky rites, but as character he was introduced in 1848 in the book that is very central to the Dutch celebration of St. Nicholas’ Eve. “St. Nicholas and His Servant”, said servant seemed to be a free man employed who just happened to be black, nothing special, which was back then fairly modern, to say the least, as was his rather tolerant behaviour with the children and his traveling by steamer and balloon.

    Blacking up faces as disguise for all kinds of mischief was a local custom in places (it could be rather bad mischief, to that), and that may have influenced Jan Schenkman, changing the black man with the St. Nicholas celebration from a blacked up rascal into a decent black sidekick, or it may have been an expression of the modernity of his St.Nicholas.

    His name was only revealed half a century later, but he became the dynamic and more popular half of the partners Sint & Piet.

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