Women of Color deserves tribute for their contributions throughout the ages. This book gives tribute in a volume of six books featuring persepctives from different venues. There is a full length novel about women of color showcasing the strength they exhibited so all could have a better life.
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On A Pedestal: A tribute to women of color
On A Pedestal: A Tribute to Women of Color
"On A Pedestal--A Tribute to Women of Color" is a wonderful book consisting of six full-length books of varied subjects of praise to women of color.
BOOK I--Poetic Expressions details endowment written in verse. So long have women of color not given proper honor and respect, now is the time for it to be given. The poem, "A Real Woman; A woman of color" is written to honor your contributions to the family, your way of life and contributions to society. Each poem is an expression of your greatness and why you need to be put on a pedestal.
BOOK II-- Women of Color from a biblical perspective unlocks the hidden characteristics of women of color honored by GOD such as The Queen of Sheba, Eve, Moses' wife and others. The narrative is written in story form for entertainment from true historical references.
BOOK III-- Women of Color from Prominent Ethnic Backgrounds highlights the accomplishments of women of color from around the world and how their deeds impacted not only culture but also the world.
BOOK IV-- Inspirational Thought for Women of Color is one that is of spiritual values on how to stay strong during troublesome times, daily edifications, counsel on family matters, and how to cope with stress. Quotes with commentary by the author to shed light on hidden truths never revealed.
BOOK V-- Amazing Short Stories of Women of Color is a full-length novel broken into 5 action packed amazing stories of women of color who overcame many problems of life to make life better for someone else.
BOOK VI-- Modern Day Marvels is a tribute to outstanding women of color who has no equal such as Oprah Winfrey and others.
It was Makeda’s knowledge of philosophy, logic and riddles that prompted her to test Solomon. Some such riddles according to the Targum Sheni, Midrash Mischle, and Midrash Hachefez were propounded to Solomon to test his ability to solve. Makeda asked Solomon “What is it? An enclosure with ten doors; when one is open, nine shut and when nine are open, one is shut.” Solomon answered; “The enclosure is the womb, and the ten doors are the ten orifices of man, namely his eyes, his ears, his nostrils, his mouth, the apertures for discharge of excreta and urine, and the navel. When the child issues from the womb the navel is closed and the other orifices are open.”
Having answered that one correctly she continues, “Seven leave and nine enter; two pour out the draught and only one drinks.” Solomon’s reply was this, “Seven are the days of a woman’s menstruation, nine the months of her pregnancy; her two breasts nourish the child, and one drinks.”
Trying much harder to get him stumped, she resorts to material objects and says, “What when alive does not move, yet when its head is cut off, moves? Solomon of smiled at this for it is very simple and replied, “The timber used to build a ship.”
She was more determined than ever by asking a question related to Solomon’s own Pentateuch. “The dead lived, the grave moved, and the dead prayed. What is it?” He ponders for a while with his back turned. Taking some time, Makeda thought she had him with this one. Turning slowly, Solomon looked Makeda directly in the eyes and retorted, “The dead that lived and prayed was Jonah; the fish, the moving grave.”
One last question for the day was asked by Makeda, “What is the ugliest thing in the world, and what is the most beautiful? What is the most certain, and what is the most uncertain?” Solomon gasped at the thought this young ebony beauty has even encountered such knowledge in such a short lifetime. He answered this time with great admiration and not amusement. “The ugliest thing…. Is the faithful turning unfaithful; the most beautiful is the repentant sinner. The most certain is death; the most uncertain, one’s share in the World to Come.”
On other occasions she still tried to test Solomon by having a cedar tree trunk sawn so that both ends appeared the same. The question was posed to Solomon which end had been the root and which the branches. Solomon had the trunk immersed in water. He answered, “The part which sank was the root, and that which floated on the surface was the end containing the branches.”
Makeda and Solomon made many tours throughout Jerusalem during the several months of her visit. Sightseeing on the countryside, laborers at work and the architectural building of groundwork for the temple.
There are many stories concerning Makeda’s malformed foot of a goat or one that had been bitten. Solomon tried to test her to see if this was true. Sources mention about a piece of wood with silver immersed in water and as Makeda dismounted from her ride she raised her dress to keep it from getting wet and exposed this to be so. It is said that the piece of wood with silver healed her deformed foot. She was overjoyed. Another source says that she had hairy legs and as she stepped from her palanquin into a puddle of water, she raised her dress exposing her legs were so, and because of this Solomon invented a depilatory to remove it for he viewed hair as manly and not for the feminine gender.
The Book of Chronicles chapter 9 and Josephus parallels in accounts of how Makeda was “amazed at the wisdom of Solomon… She was in the greatest admiration imaginable, insomuch that she was not able to contain the surprise she was in, but openly confessed how wonderfully she was affected.”
There is no mistaking that the Queen of Sheba had feelings for Solomon for it is mentioned in Scripture as well as in the Kebra Negast. It is noted with heartfelt sayings of Makeda that affection was a two-way affair. A portion of this rendering in the Kebra Negast recalls her saying to him affectionately, “O how greatly have you pleased me by thy answering, and the sweetness of thy voice, and the beauty of thy going, and the graciousness of thy words. Thy voice maketh the heart to rejoice and gives goodwill to the lips, and strength to the gait. I look upon thee and I see that thy wisdom is inexhaustible, and that it is like a lamp in the darkness, and like a pomegranate in the garden, and like a pearl in the sea, and like the Morning Star among the stars, and like the light of the moon in the mist, and like a glorious dawn and sunrise in the heavens.”
Solomon since Makeda’s arrival was stunned and in love with the black beauty and during those six months of her visit pondered over having her in an intimate way. He questioned himself by the fact that a woman of this magnitude coming from the ends of the earth to visit him, does he let her return without a sexual fulfillment? Would not doing so cast a shadow of doubt on his wisdom? Would letting her remain a virgin be the wise thing to do? Would he or she regret if they did not get the fulfillment of intimate love?
Solomon decided not to approach this situation directly but devised a plan to trick her into a compromising situation. Solomon was honorable and asked her to marry him. She declined. She was a great woman in her own right and would not share the company of the other many wives and concubines of Solomon. She had her own Country to rule.
Solomon was not to be denied. Arabic sources indicate he had to have her sexually and tell us that “Solomon loved women passionately and when Makeda’s visits to him multiplied, he longed for her greatly and entreated her to yield herself to him.” But she would not surrender herself to him saying, “I come as a maiden, a virgin; shall I go back despoiled of my virginity, and suffer disgrace in my kingdom?”
Solomon was not to be denied and said, “I will only take thee to myself in lawful marriage; I am the King, and thou shalt be the Queen. Now
strike a covenant with me that I am only to take thee to wife of thine own free will. Let this condition be between us; when thou shalt come to me by night as I am lying on the cushions of my bed, thou shalt become my wife.” And behold she did strike this covenant with him, determining within herself that she would preserve her virginity from him.
To Solomon, there was no such thing as defeat especially by a 25-year-old black beauty. He would appeal to her emotions by arranging a splendid feast decorated from extravagant tapestries, royal purple, soft bejeweled pillows, scented flowers and incense smoke for romantic thrills.
He personally approached her chambers and invited her to “Follow me now and seat thyself in my splendor in the tent and I will complete thy instruction, for thou has loved wisdom, and she shall dwell with thee until thine end and forever.”
Through all of this, each thought they had come off victorious. The meetings called for further interaction in that Solomon proposed a royal dinner to be given in her behalf before she departs to Ethiopia. Unknowing to her Solomon summoned the cooks and preservers and commanded them to prepare food for all those who were in the palace, for himself and the Queen, dainty and highly seasoned dishes, and he gave them pungent and aromatic and strong-smelling herbs and spices for this purpose, and the cooks did even as he had commanded them.
Makeda approached the dinner with splendor in regal dress, smiling with authority over her self control with a touch of pride. Courtly introductions ensued and the feast was served.
Now when the Queen had eaten of these meats that were filled with spice and pepper and pungent herbs, she craved for cold water, which she drank in abundance by day and late night, but this did not help to quench her thirst. And when the third night had come Solomon secretly gave the order to those in charge in his court not to leave for the Queen of Sheba the smallest amount of water, and swore that whomever gave her any water from any source or show or indicated where some could be found were to be put to death without fail and without trial.
The command was laid upon them that if Makeda ask from what source during the night that she could obtain water it must be directed to him and must say to her, “Thou wilt find no water except by the couch of the king.”
And it came to pass that when the night had come, a great and fiery heat rose up in the heart of the Queen because of the highly spiced food that she had eaten, and she sought for water to drink, but found none, and she was sorely agitated and was smitten with death. She cried out with a loud voice to her servants, but they were unable to find any water to give her to drink. Time proved costly to Makeda as her thirst mount to the point as she began to weaken and stagger as a man in a parched desert at high noon. She began wandering in the corridors of the palace looking for water from anyone who could be found and every person asked said to her, “Verily, by thy kingdom, thou wilt only find water to quench the flame of thy thirst by the bedside of the King.” The Queen went back to her couch sweating from the little water left in her for the peppers had her on fire. The spices were eating her up and her mouth was drying and the herbs seemed to be digging into her tongue. She could not be still and had to have some water for her spirit was beginning to leave her body and she began to swoon and real back and forth to the point of passing out. She had to have water. Without any other thought, she made footsteps swiftly to where she might find something to drink as told by the servants, Solomon’s bedside.
She sneaked in as quietly as she could but King Solomon played possum pretending to be asleep. The water jug was on the opposite side to the Kings bed so that she had to reach across his body to get it. She grabbed the jug and began drinking like all the rivers were going to run dry until she felt her strength come back and life itself return after she had nearly died. After drinking she tried to return the jar back from where she took it only to find that Solomon grabbed her wrist hurriedly, seized and said unto her, “Verily thou hast now become my wife according to the Law of the Kings.”
And she remembered the covenant that existed between him and her. Then she gave herself into his embrace willingly and yielded to his desire, according to that which she had covenanted with him.
As time passed she found herself with fruit of child. She did not know how to handle this situation but went to see Solomon about it and said unto him, “I am going to return to my country and to my kingdom, and what shall I do with thy child if it be that God shall desire to give him life?” And Solomon said to her, “If God does will this thing and thou does bear me a man child, so soon as he has reached man’s estate send him to me, and I will make him king, and thy kingdom shall be his; but if thou does bear a woman child let her stay with you.” And the Queen said to him, if I send you thy son how will thou be certain that he is your son?” And Solomon gave her his ring and said unto her, “Guard carefully this ring, and covenant with me that thou wilt not in the smallest degree break the conditions of the true and righteous covenant that exists between us, and God the Governor of the Universe, the God of Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob.”
Makeda kissed Solomon and went to her chambers to prepare for departure. After a brief encounter with those who were entrusted with her caravan, she made haste to gather her belongings for the journey back to Ethiopia.