Badoreon heritage

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The Badoreon Tribe are a community of indigenous South Africans who originate from near Johannesburg where they lived from the 6th Century BC till the colonization of South Africa by Dutch Boer settlers. Badoreons are identified through their particular genetic features such as a noticeable high pitched voice, small frame and dark complexion as well as their Islamic faith which they picked up from missionaries in around 900 AD and the fact that they practice matriarchy.

Badoreon life before the Dutch Colonization of South Africa

Around 600 BC the first Badoreons arrived in South Africa after emigrating south. They eventually settled in the area of modern day Johannesburg and established a settlement there, offending the San People who also lived in this region and considered the Badoreons intruders. The Badoreons called this ancient settlement Nabawea but is now referred to by most modern historians as Brandts Hill.The Badoreons' relationships with other tribes was not helped by the fact that they practiced matriarchy and that women made most of the decisions relating to the wellbeing of the Badoreon people, a way of life that frightened the other tribes. The Badoreons fought many wars against their neighbors and the scars can still be seen today in the discrimination that modern Badoreons are often subject to from their fellow South Africans. Brandts Hill swelled to become one of the most important trading cities in Africa and although other Badoreon settlements were established it remained the center of their culture and identity. However, the Badoreon population was limited by their poor agricultural practices, their wars and the regular practice on infantcide on misbehaving children. Around 900 AD Muslim missionaries began to arrive in Badoreon lands and convert them to Islam. In 1100 AD a large Mosque was built in Brandts Hill, an event that most scholars see as the point where Islam became mainstream in Badoreon culture. However, despite their conversion to Islam, many aspects of the Badoreon's ancient faith remain such as their strict social caste system and their attitude towards women. Around 1200 Badoreons began the practice of having a 'Deen' or prophet nominated at birth that acts as the spiritual and wartime leader of the Badoreon people and serves the matriarchy. When Badoreon warriors went to battle they would utter the cry 'Deen d'ath yo hawak' (For the Deen) and this practice continued even into the First and Second World Wars where Badorean warriors in the South African Army would utter the cry before engaging the enemy. The current Deen lives in the United Kingdom and serves the matriarchy from there.

Badoreon life following the Dutch Colonization of South Africa

In 1806 Dutch settlers began to arrive in South Africa. Initially relations between the Badoreons and the 'new people' that arrived in their lands were cordial but eventually conflict arose. In the early 1830s xenophobic attitudes towards the Badoreons became prevalent within the Dutch Boer settlers society until in 1834 after a perceived slight by a settler official the current Deen led 200 of his warriors against a settler community near Brandt's hill. With a cry of 'Deen d'ath yo hawak' the Badoreon warriors charged towards the settlers but were slaughtered by the muskets and cannon of their foes. Following this on the 17th of September 1835 Dutch soldiers burned down Brandt's Hill and destroyed most of the other Badoreon settlements and the Badoreon people were scattered. Many Badoreons emigrated to other countries such as the United States, United Kingdom and Australia but a sizeable Badoreon community remained in South Africa and remains there to this day. Adjusting to life under the Dutch and in a western culture was difficult for the Badoreons and this has resulted in several aspects of Badoreon life being changed.The Badoreon Tribe strongly believe in education, with a majority of the modern Badoreons going to University This stems from the fact that Dutch settlers saw the Badoreons as ignorant barbarians and so for many young Badoreons becoming well educated was the only way to gain respect in mainstream society. Another issue for the Badoreons was the entertainment and liberal values with which the Dutch people brought into their country. Badoreon culture is built on traditional qualities such as hard work, family respect, and strict following to their version of the Qu'ran. Therefore, the new forms of entertainment led to secretarian conflicts between the Badoreons and the Dutch, leading to the death of two Badoreons, Nabil and Jichen in 1850 from musket fire by local Boers who were perceived to have dishonored Badoreon women. However, the most underlying factor was the deep rooted western culture spreading into the young offspring of Badoreons with the traditional ethics stating that any distractions from these will result in corporal punishment such as stick beating and blood letting into their local tribe's river, where they believed the water would allow purity to flow through the veins of the offendant, pleasing Allah. Though, this beating continued due to the popularity of the western culture with the young tribe members, resulting in mass genocide of the offspring in some settlements.

The journey of the Deen

In 1853 for the first time ever a Deen left South Africa after the Deen at that time arrived in Ireland on the Royal Navy's ship HMS Ardent. As the Badoreon people cannot nominate a new Deen until the old one dies the matriarchs decided to continue honoring the Deen from afar. This continues into modern day and since then no Deen has lived in South Africa although many have visited. As a result of this the Badoreons became even more of an international people with Badoreons from around the world journeying to meet the Deen, wherever he may be in search of spiritual guidance. The 1853 Deen was forced to live in poverty for many years in Ireland, working in a brewery even though it was haram just so survive. At some point in the late 1850s the Deen became involved in the United Irishmen and Irish Defenders as he identified with their religious conviction and hatred of colonialism. Since then the Badoreon people have always had a presence in Ireland and many choose to conduct their pilgrimages there to the very brewery where the Deen once worked which is the only place where Badoreons are allowed to consume alcohol.

Badoreons Today

The Badoreon Tribe have had to adapt to being a worldwide movement, united by their common culture, the matriarchy and their dedication to Allah and The Deen. The largest Badoreon communities exist in South Africa, Australia, the UK and the USA. In the UK the town of High Wycombe has become the home of a large and thriving Badoreon community and many Badoreons now see High Wycombe as the new Badoreon Capital. Although no other city outside South Africa has as large a Badoreon population as High Wycombe, Ohio, Houston, New York and Sydney also have sizable Badoreon communities.

References

Personal interview with a Badoreon. https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Badoreon-Tribe/1673497849560709

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