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  Sep 12, 2007  
 

About CHALDEANS

OVER 7300 YEARS OF
A UNIQUE HERITAGE & A REMARKABLE CIVILIZATION

The Legacy of Kaldea:

As evidenced by historical documents and antiquities, Chaldeans "The Native Iraqis", together with our Jewish brothers and sisters are the descendants of the Proto-Kaldees, who built the three prime cities of ancient Mesopotamia: Eridu, Ur & Uruk (Kulapa) during the Pre-Diluvian Dynasties. The Chaldeans, and Syriacs of Iraq ethnically belong to the same nationality, but possess three different labels. The ethnic name of Chaldeans or Kaldaee came after what scholars label as the Proto-Chaldees of ancient Kaldea (Mat-Kaldu) 5300 BC.

Syriac became the name of our people after we embraced Christianity in the first Century AD. (Athur) meaning (citizens) was derived from the word (Athra) standing for (Homeland) and was adopted by these people. Together, we are the descendants and direct relatives of the most Humble Masters, including Father Abraham, who immigrated from Ur of Kaldees to the promised land, and a series of renowned kings, including Ku-Shuma-Bil, Ga-Ur (Gura), Aga, Meshalim, Sharu-kin  (Sargon), Hammurabi, Mardukh-Apla-Iddina II (Merodach-Baladan), Nabopolassar, and Nebuchadnezzar II.

Our people ought to be proud of their forefathers, the founders of the most ancient and sophisticated civilization and the pioneers of human culture by virtue of being the people who taught humanity the most significant basics known by refined societies. 

Our people ought to be proud of their forefathers, the founders of the most ancient and sophisticated civilization and the pioneers of human culture by virtue of being the people who taught humanity the most significant basics known by refined societies including the Writing system, law and order, Math (Calculus), Engineering and Architectural design, Mechanical and Electrical Techniques, Astrology-Astronomy, Geography,  Digital Music, General Health and Medicine, Time and Calendar, Banking and Currency, Weights and Scales, Length and Distance. Not to mention other achievements such as Mythologies, School system and Library, Games and athletics, Fashions, Wine and Liquor, Wheel and Potter=s Wheel, and much more . For that reason, Mesopotamia is called the Land Of Firsts, and our Chaldean people the Timeless People

 

Chaldeans in the United States:

Besides, more than 250.000 Chaldeans in Metro‑Detroit, which is considered to be the home of the largest concentration Chaldeans in the world outside Iraq, there are nearly 150.000 thousands Chaldeans in California, Illinois, Arizona, and Florida. Not to mention a smaller groups of Chaldeans in Washington, DC, New York, Ohio, and Connecticut.

Chaldeans are mostly Roman Catholic who speak their native language (Chaldean) a modern form of a combination of ancient Babylonian (Akkadian) and  Aramaic, the vernacular language of Jesus Christ.

Since their arrival to the USA in the late Nineteenth Century, Chaldeans proved to be an ethnicity that honored institutions‑family, Church, businesses, their strong heritage, rich history and the ways they relate to each other, not to mention their capability to deal successfully with the new conditions. It is likely that their faith will be up to any future challenges.

 

Modern Chaldeans & Their Homeland (Iraq):

 Despite the facts of their creation of the blueprint for all civilizations, their intellectual and spiritual preoccupations, their role in shaping modern Iraq, and their hopes for the future, Chaldeans have suffered horrific violence in their homeland for more than thirteen centuries. Today, Chaldeans and other Iraqi minorities (Jews, Minda'aians, Armenians, Shabak & Yazedies) face the darkest phase of discriminatory extremist groups in Middle Eastern history.

The ongoing suffering of Chaldeans and other Iraqi minorities has led to dramatic reduction in the number of the Chaldean population in their homeland Iraq (Beth‑Nahrain) from almost four million (during the beginning of the twentieth century) to nearly one million. What is shocking is that the whole world is tongue‑tied, as it silently watches the ongoing cleansing of this native, creative, and peaceful Iraqi group!

 

Amer Hanna Fatuhi, Visual Artist & Historian

CECA President

www.chaldean4u.org

Senior Art Director, Mesopotamia Art, History & Beyond

www.mesopotamiaartgallery.com