The truth is going to HURT ::: Scattered Israelites were sold for RUM

The truth is going to HURT ::: Scattered Israelites wete sold for RUM

Joel 3
1 For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem,
2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.
3 And they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink.
4 Yea, and what have ye to do with me, O Tyre, and Zidon, and all the coasts of Palestine? will ye render me a recompence? and if ye recompense me, swiftly and speedily will I return your recompence upon your own head;
5 Because ye have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried into your temples my goodly pleasant things:
6 The children also of Judah and the children of Jerusalem have ye sold unto the Grecians, that ye might remove them far from their border.
7 Behold, I will raise them out of the place whither ye have sold them, and will return your recompence upon your own head:
8 And I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the children of Judah, and they shall sell them to the Sabeans, to a people far off: for the Lord hath spoken it.

“The alcohol-for-slaves model developed in the early years of the African trade. Rum and other alcoholic beverages were distributed in gift-giving ceremonies and integrated into a larger trading package. The social and sacred value of alcohol increased the West and West Central African demand. The heavy emphasis on rum in the African slave trade may, however, also reflect a special appreciation for African slave-made products and symbolic respect for brethren stranded overseas. In the 1930s, Melville Herskovits recorded oral histories in Dahomey concerning the slave trading days. Included among the oral histories was a chant that the Dahomeans performed to their ancestors and kin sent across the Atlantic.
The English must bring guns. The Portuguese must bring powder. The Spaniards must bring the small stones, which give fire to our fire-sticks. The Americans must bring the cloths and the rum made by our kinsmen who are there, for these will permit us to smell their presence. (Herskovits 1966:87)”

– Spirits And Spirituality: Alcohol In Caribbean Slave Societies

By Frederick H. Smith

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