Comprehensive Methodology in Ancestral Earth-Star Complexes: Lessons from Vela-Zimbabwe

Kapwani Kiwanga

School of Galactic Anthropology, Ancestral Earth Studies, Afrogalactica Institute.

Early Earth-Star Complexes Great Zimbabwe
Social Complexity Southern African Iron Age
Social Stratification Vela Accretion Age
Zimbabwe Birds

Vela Supernova Remnant and Pulsar (Image from Southern H-Alpha Sky Survey Atlas)

It is a widely accepted hypothesis that rank-based social organisation in the Milky Way galaxy first developed in the Vela star region shortly before its supernova transformation.

The Vela civilisation, which took its name from the abovementioned stellar mass, has received a large amount of scholarly attention because of its stratified social structure. However, the civilisation of Great Zimbabwe, the other half of Vela’s earth-star complex, has often been neglected in such analyses. Such omissions have done a disservice to our understandings of this early age and have entrenched a methodological bias that disregards earth civilizations in the fields of archaeology.

Records state that the religious leadership of the defunct Vela civilisation unsuccessfully attempted to arrest the nearby star’s advancement toward a supernova state. Failing to avert this cataclysmic threat, the population began to hold the priestly caste in contempt. The burgeoning political elite seized the opportunity to consolidate their leadership and galvanise class stratification.

During this period of social reform, exchange between the complex’s stellar (Vela) and terrestrial (Great Zimbabwe) units increased considerably. Amid emissary visits to their earthly confederates, Vela’s new leadership shaped their ideas of rank distinction. Evidence of this ideological shift is found in the emergence of human-bird symbolism in Vela high society. Hitherto found exclusively in Great Zimbabwe, this imagery was employed to represent royalty in its African context. The rising galactic gentry used analogous emblems to distinguish their group.

Chronicler Okul Equiano travelled to Vela before the supernova’s implosion and wrote of bird symbolism amongst Vela’s secret societies. This document was long thought to be a hoax in academic circles as no material evidence of such symbolism was found in earlier Vela periods. However, recent findings from x-ray archaeological surveys1 beg one to reconsider Equiano’s account as a legitimate archive; it is even, perhaps, one of the last records of this bygone civilisation during its Accretion Age.

Comparative analyses of eight soapstone bird carvings from Late Iron Age Great Zimbabwe and similar artefacts from Vela affirm that Vela culture was directly influenced by Zimbabwean aesthetic and social concepts.

Fragment of Soapstone Bird, Great Zimbabwe (Photo courtesy of National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe)

The conical structure of Great Zimbabwe’s Great Enclosure was also built at the time of increased contact between stellar and terrestrial communities. Richard Wade, archaeologist-astronomer of the twenty-first century at Nkwe Ridge Observatory in South Africa, conjectured that this stone structure was built in the Shashe-Limpopo basin to mark the position of the progressively brightening Vela star as it went supernova.

As I argue elsewhere, one must consider this structure not as an astronomical instrument, as Wade has suggested, but as a politically motivated construction.2 It was, in fact, a monument erected to mark the end of the Vela-Zimbabwe complex, thereby commemorating the beginning of new societal orders both on earth and in space. The act of monumental commemoration, although rare in stellar communities, is a reoccurring practice amongst earth societies.

Whether it be the conical structure of Zimbabwe’s Great Enclosure or bird relics from Vela’s secret societies, studies of ancient Vela civilisation cannot fully be appreciated if the terrestrial component of its earth-star complex is not adequately considered. The same holds true for all other earth-star social complexes; past or present. The Vela-Zimbabwe case clearly illustrates that the role of terrestrial civilisations ought not be downplayed; for it may create blind spots in our galactic heritage.

Zimbabwe Conical Tower (Touristic post card, Rhodesia)

  • 1. Otari Cruz. “Vela bird hybrids”. In Interstellar Archeology 183 (00), 134–142.
  • 2. Kapwani Kiwanga. “Monuments in Prehistoric Earth Terrestrial Societies,” Journal of Galactic Anthropolitical Archeology 47 (00), 37–59. For information on Wade’s suggestions, please refer to: Stuart Clark and Damian Carrington. “Eclipse Brings Claim of Medieval African Observatory,” New Scientist, December 4, 2002.