The Relationship Between Egypt & Nubian Kush

Kushite Origins Of Pre-Dynastic & Dynastic Egypt

According to Historians like Cheikh Anta Diop, the relationship between Egypt and Nubian Kush was such that Nubia was considered part of Ancient Egypt from the earliest days of Egyptian Civilization because Nubia provided the model for Egyptian Civilization since the earliest stages of the development of Egyptian Civilization.

By 3 800BC the Egypt and Nubian Kush were so related that Nubia was part of Ancient Egypt because the Nubian Ta-Seti culture is the mother culture that provided the Template upon which Dynastic Egyptian Civilization was based.

From this perspective, Egyptian artefacts such as the Narmer Palette suggest that by 3300-3500 BC the development of Pre-Dynastic Nubian Kushite Civilization had led directly to the creation of Egypt under the rulership of Narmer, the first Black Pharaoh.

The Kushite Nubians of Pre-Dynastic Egypt from Ta-Seti had already founded their own Nubian Dynasty by the time the Kushite King Narmer (Menes) created Egypt by uniting the Upper (Southern) and Lower (Northern) Nubian Kushite lands.

Front Side: Narmer Palette Pre-Dynastic Kushite Naqada Symbols

Reverse Side: Narmer Palette Pre-Dynastic Kushite Naqada Symbols

Kushite Origins Of Pre-Dynastic & Dynastic Egypt

This interpretation of the relationship between Egypt and Kush in which Kush is seen as the Mother Civilization of Egypt is also supported by other artefacts discovered at Kushite sites like the Qustul Tombs near the Sudanese border which show various symbols of Ta-Seti Royalty from Pre-Dynastic Egypt.

These Nubian Kushite artefacts such as an incense burner, a Palace facade, and a King wearing the Southern Nubian Kushite Crown sitting on a Throne in a boat bearing the Royal standard of the Falcon God Horus suggest that Nubian Kush influenced Egypt from the time of Pre-Dynastic Egypt.

The Nubian Kushite Monarchy of Pre-Dynastic Egypt therefore created the Template for Egyptian Kingship once Upper and Lower Egypt were united under Narmer’s Dynasty.

Qustul Incense Burner: Pre-Dynastic Kushite Naqada Symbols

Evidence of Kingship in ancient Nubian Kush thus raises the possibility that a prototype Southern Kushite Nubian Dynasty Mother Culture directly influenced Egypt when its symbols were adopted by the Egyptian Monarchy under the first Black Pharaoh, King Narmer.


Based on the Narmer Palette and Archaeological excavations at sites like Qustul, there is evidence to conclude that the relationship between Egypt and Kush was such that the Nubian Kingdom of Kush formed the Southern part of Ancient Egypt after unification of Upper and Lower Egypt by Narmer the first Black Pharaoh. 

In reality, it can be said that Ancient Egyptian Civilization originated in Nubia amongst the Kushites in the South then extended from the South downwards along the Nile as various new Provinces or Nomes were created until the Unification of the South (Upper Egypt) and The North (Lower Egypt) occurred when Narmer defeated the Northern Scorpion King leading to the founding of the first Egyptian Dynasty at Memphis.

Narmer: Nubian Kushite Founder Of Dynastic EgyptKushite Origins Of Pre-Dynastic & Dynastic Egypt

Egypt’s First Dynasty at Memphis under the Old Kingdom continued to use and eventually developed the prototype Royal symbols and Culture from its Pre-Dynastic Nubian Kushite Mother Culture that had been inherited from the Southern Nubian Monarchy of Kush that began at Ta-Seti.

From this perspective, the relationship between Egypt and Nubian Kush is one in which Nubia was part of Ancient Egypt from the outset providing the blueprint on which classical unified Egyptian Civilization was based.

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