THE MA-ITI (The Renaissance man)

(Acrylic on pre-prepared art canvas board, 305 mm X 230 mm (canvas size not framed size), 2008-March, by Jarret H. Clark)

(Firstly Ma-iti, stands for "Strange Ones" and is a description of the European and specific more the Celtic features)

The Ma-iti soldier is not a Viking as some may think, the original Celts, more than a thousand years before the Vikings also used the same kind of headdress (with horns, wings and plumes, round and long shields.

They were also considered giants, as with the records kept by the Greeks and Romans.

They had red and blond hair with blue, brown and green eyes.

The Celts was the original Iron Age peoples of Europe whose civilization started +/- 2500 BC near Switzerland.

They cover from Spain, Portugal, France, Belgium, Ireland, Britain, Austria, Germany, even Denmark, in to Turkey and the Baltic.

The Celtic culture and language was multi racial and had a feudal system.

Soldier or men were loyal to the chief and was susceptible to flight as mercenaries and would change sides to the highest bidder no matter if the battle was a lost cause.

The Egyptians, Greeks and Romans used them as mercenaries and therefore should the Phoenicians also; they had more need of such protection, hade the resources and access from trade with the Celts.

The Celt warrior sough to die bravely on battle than to grow old, and was known to challenge even in battle an opponent on a one-on-one conflict to the death, very much the same as what "Goliath" did to King David of the Israelites.

That is why I have an idea he may have been a Celt and not really a Philistine or in other words a Canaanite. The Celts was already a culture and reality by King David and King Solomon's time in the Bible.

This brings me to my story about the Celts in South Africa and Southern Africa.

After the Phoenicians was defeated at Tyre by the Greek, Alexander the Great in 332 BC, they fled the Greek controlled area and focused on their colony, Cartage, close to Tunis of Tunisia today.

From here the Phoenicians operate from North Africa and the Atlantic Ocean and very close to the areas of the Celtic peoples.

The Phoenicians by 264 BC started their First Punic War against Rome for Sicily.

The second war started 218 BC in Italy. The final end of the Phoenicians Empire came 146 BC, when Rome burned Carthage, ending finally with the Third Punic War.

At this point the Ma-iti legend starts to make sense, of peoples driven from their homeland in desperation.

These peoples could not settle the Celtic areas of the Atlantic, nor could they settle in northern Africa such as Nigeria as there was already a very strong African civilization in that area and would have known the Phoenicians from trade.

I believe the Phoenician sailed further, rounded the Cape of Good Hope and as the African legend goes, sailed up the Orange and Zambezi rivers to attempt a new colony in Southern Africa.

The Orange River, can only be accessed from the Atlantic Ocean, where the Zambezi again from the Indian Ocean.

The navigation of these rivers featured in the African legends.

By the legend's description, it seems that the Phoenician party comprised not only of Phoenicians, at least one Egyptian Scribe and by description Celts as warriors.

It could also be true that the African People in Southern Africa at that point used stone, wood, bone and some bronze as weapons and tools.

There is an account of the Nigerian Kingdom colonizing areas South of them and finding their opposition equipped with very much the same weapons.

South Africa could also have been known to the Phoenician by the Kingdom of “Kush” (Ethiopia) and Egyptians from earlier expeditions.

I strangely found another possible contributing factor to the Legend, from our very own and only Field Marshal, Jan C. Smuts, founder of the Commonwealth, League of Nations and United Nations.

He as a Boy of about twelve was a herdsman on his father’s farm in the Western Cape.

There he worked with "Adam" the Hottentot the senior herdsman, as Smuts describe him.

Adam once revealed to Smuts that the Scots were the braves and greatest people on Earth even greater that the British, which was then in control of the Cape Colony.

They apparently were according to him God's chosen race.

It first seems strange, but the Ma-iti legend seems to unfold.

As in the legend the Hottentots sided and fraternized with the Ma-iti (Phoenicians-Celts) in this African colony.

Since genetic studies can prove a possibility of truth of this legend, by possible offspring of original (Hottentot) Koi-San peoples.

As well as the DNA sample of the (Hottentot) kings they found on top of the ancient Mountain Fortress at "Mapungubwe" and “K-2” in the Limpopo Province of South Africa.

In an old book I once read at the library of the then "South African Defense Force", 1986-1992, of Southern Africa 500 years before Western colonization.

They were mentioned of another legend and associated facts, about the Hottentot like peoples, apparently according to some language experts of the time.

The Hottentot dialect did not only comprise of some Bushman (San) and African influences, but of distinct old Egyptian.

They then speculated that the Hottentot came to being, when apparently a very large army of the Egyptians deserted and settled in Ethiopia and took "Bushman" wives and thereby starting the Hottentot nation.

These peoples apparently were driven from Ethiopia down the Great Lake region towards Southern Africa.

The Hottentot (Koi-San) may reveal another secret of Africa; they may be the people who developed Kush or similar civilizations down the East African Coast before the Moors or other influences.

Still do, I find stories or unproven facts from even European peoples in Southern Africa, who refer to such bodies been discovered, with chain mail, shields and golden artifacts.

Some account of ancient ships of the kind discovered on our coast.

An ancient “Hottentot” was found buried in the Eastern Cape Province which was mummified.

My uncle (Mr. Tobias “Tos” Coetzee) once showed me an old article about him finding an ancient bronze smelting complex of the Limpopo River between Dwaalboom village or “Kaya se Put” and Lephalale (Ellisras) town.

There are many ancient mines in South Africa, Zimbabwe (old Rhodesia) and Zambia (old Northern Rhodesia); some shows accuracy of the pyramids and others the same as such ancient mines in Europe and Arabia.

I went on search for the influence of my geometric art which have both a Celtic and African influence and possibly found this argument, that it is hereditary to me although I am of European decent, Africa are both the evolutionary and genetic cradle of Mankind.

As the yellow finch chick the next season builds the same nest even human beings can have the same kind of hereditary instincts if we listen closely to our inner nature.

Take for instance the image on the sail of my Phoenician ship, that very image are the line theory of my psychological and sociological theory “The Creato Theory" so many heard even from 1986.

I found that my Creato Theory coincided with Smut's "Holism and Evolution, for which he received formal recognition at London University in Einstein’s presence.

The Creator Theory surprised me even more as my inner instinct explore; I found how much relevance it has with the Egyptian "Ankh" (Key of Life) and philosophy behind it.

But this year reading an article in National Geographic October 2004 edition, in my exploration of the Ma-iti, I came about genetic studies done of the Phoenicians in Lebanon.

I found a picture of a shape on a mosaic paten on a floor of ancient Carthage, that of the very same pastern and line theory I utilized in my Creato Theory.

This coincidence in my life which seems to be driven by an inner instinct seems to become far too common and often just to ignore.

Maybe it just my passion and that is why I relate and find these things but I side with Smuts and Holism with and Inner instinctive force that some may call or relate with the "Holy Spirit" and the other force of the "Creator" itself (God), The Creation (inside God's body) in which we also develop as planed by both forces.

It is the very nature which drives our evolution in the Holistic Universe, as I use another General Jan C. Smuts’s terminology and idea.

Hence here lies my claim of my artistic style at the cradle of mankind as witness.

I find in my poetry, photography, art, psychology and other researches that for some reason I seek to explain the creative function and meaning of intellectual and such emotional life, may it be individual and collective.

This is my very search and field of study in my Creato Theory, which as I said before runs very parallel with the "Holistic" works of General Jan C. Smuts.