The Story of Everything: A Synopsis of The Urantia Book
Paper 64: The Evolutionary Races of Color
To avoid co-mingling with the southern simian tribes, the early Andonites fled northward. Cold weather and frequent hunger in the northern lands stimulated action, resourcefulness, and invention.
One hundred thousand years after the time of Andon and Fonta the arts of the Andonites and the culture of Onagar were vanishing from the earth. Fewer and fewer of the primitive settlements maintained the worship of the Breath Giver. Culture, religion, and flint work were at a low point. The only groups who retained some of these high traditions were the Foxhall people of England and the Badonan tribes northwest of India.
The Foxhalls, being farthest west, maintained their racial purity and kept their primitive religious customs alive. They also succeeded in preserving knowledge of flint work, which they eventually passed on to their descendants, the Eskimos. Most of the settlements of these early people are now under water in the English Channel and the North Sea.
In the foothills of the Indian highlands among the tribes of Badonan, another struggling center of culture persisted. Fear of floods in the lowlands kept these tribes fairly isolated for many thousands of years. The mixed descendants of Badonan stock became the Neanderthals.
Neanderthals were excellent fighters, great hunters, and extensive travelers. They improved flint work so much that it approached the level of Andon's age. Neanderthals were superstitious-afraid of clouds, mists, darkness, and other natural forces. They used human sacrifices to coax the moon into shining. During the fourth and fifth glacial advances, the Neanderthal culture spread and dominated the world.
Five hundred thousand years ago, around the time of the Planetary Prince's arrival, the relatively pure Badonan tribes became involved in a great racial struggle. After more than one hundred years of warfare, only about one hundred families of Andon and Fonta's descendants were left alive.
Among these Badonites a man and woman began to produce a family of unusually intelligent children whose skins turned various colors in the sunlight. There were five red children, two each of orange, indigo, and green, and four each of yellow and blue. This was the Sangik family, ancestors of the six colored races on Urantia. For one hundred thousand years the Sangik peoples spread out among the Indian foothills and generally mingled together. India in that era became the most cosmopolitan place ever known on earth.
The red Sangiks were the first to leave their homeland. When they had built up sufficient numbers, they migrated northeast to occupy Asia. They were followed by the yellow tribes, who drove the red people out of Asia across the Bering land bridge into North America. The red man was accompanied to North America by three tribes of mixed ancestry, the largest being a combination of orange and blue. Leaving the purer reds behind in North America, these peoples journeyed together into Mexico and Central America, where they eventually were joined by a mixed group of reds and yellows. These travelers intermarried and founded a new race that was less warlike than the pure red race. Within five thousand years, these new people had divided themselves into three groups and established civilizations in Mexico, Central America, and South America.
Eighty-five thousand years ago the Bering land bridge sank, isolating the red men on the American continent. The red race was the first of the Sangik races to develop tribal government, but infighting and tribal wars nearly caused their extinction. Sixty-five thousand years ago, the leadership of Onamonalonton brought the red tribes temporary peace by reviving the worship of the Great Spirit. This great leader's teachings were eventually obscured but his descendants, the Blackfoot Indians, live on today.
The yellow race was the first to establish settled communities and base their home lives on agriculture. They were intellectually inferior to the red race, but socially and collectively they were superior to the other Sangik peoples. They lived together in relative peace. Their spiritual leader was Singlangton, who taught them to worship the One Truth.
In Asia, offspring of red and yellow races migrated to the eastern peninsulas and the islands of the sea; they are the present-day brown people.
The blue men traveled westward into Europe along the trails of the Andon tribes. There they came across Neanderthals, and the intermingling of these groups led to the immediate improvement of the Neanderthals. The blue man had the intelligence of the red race and the sentiment of the yellow race. He developed many of the arts of modern civilization; the tools, bones and art of the blue people are found throughout Europe by those who study the Old Stone Age. Orlandof was their great teacher. Their descendants, mixed with yellow, red, Nodite and Adamic stock, provide the biologic foundation for today's white races. The blue people who remained on the Arabian peninsula mated with other races, especially the yellow. This blend was upstepped by the later-appearing violet race and exists today as the modern Arabs.
The outstanding characteristic of the orange race was their urge to build anything and everything, even to the piling up of vast mounds of stone just to see who could build the highest mound. They were the first of the Sangiks to travel southward toward Africa. Before they were wiped out by the green race, they were uplifted by the leadership of Porshunta of Armageddon. The orange race was destroyed one hundred thousand years ago.
The green race was weakened by extensive migrations. Those who went north were enslaved and absorbed by the yellow and blue men; those who went east were absorbed mainly into the Indian people but survive in greatest numbers in Burma and Indo-China. Those who traveled south killed off and absorbed their orange brothers, and the resultant mix was subsequently integrated into the indigo people. While the darker races are generally shorter in stature, unexpected strains of giantism appeared in both the orange and the green man.
The indigo race was the last of the Sangiks to migrate from the Indian highlands. After incorporating the orange and green remnants, they took over the African continent. The purer indigo elements drifted southward. Alone in Africa, they made little progress until they were spiritually awakened by their leader, Orvonon, who believed in the God of Gods. They maintained a form of worship of the Unknown up to a few thousand years ago.
Although there were intense struggles between the various races, different races appear on evolutionary worlds to provide an opportunity for natural selection, healthy competition, the blending of superior characteristics, and the promotion of altruism.