Yes, well... except that gymno (naked) sophists (philosophers) refers to the fact that their asceticism is so extreme as to take them to the point of forsaking clothing. So Higgins is clearly refering to sadhus.
Yes, Sadhus, or also 'Sky-Clad' Jains, or perhaps even some schools of Buddhists. The Gymnosophists could also refer to some Sramana style schools, pre-Shakyamuni Buddhists, or even very ancient (Dravidian or even Khemetian/Nubian) Tantrikas who lived in parts of Africa, India, and other 'near-East' places. This is a deep topic that would require a lot of time and further research to delve into right now though.
I'd say the following statement is quite the opposite of the colonial mentality:
Druid and Master Mason Godfrey Higgins wrote:
1. In taking a survey of the human inhabitants of the world, we find two classes, distinguished from each other by a clear and definite line of demarkation, the black and white colours of their skins. This distinguishing mark we discover to have existed in ages the most remote. If we suppose them all to have descended from one pair, the question arises, Was that pair black or white? If I were at present to say that I thought them black, I should be accused of a fondness for paradox, and I should find as few persons to agree with me, as the African negroes do when they tell Europeans that the Devil is white. (And yet no one, except a West-India planter, will deny that the poor Africans have reason on their side.) However, I say not that they were black, but I shall, in the course of this work, produce a number of extraordinary facts, which will be quite sufficient to prove, that a black race, in very early times, had more influence over the affairs of the world than has been lately suspected; and I think I shall shew, by some very striking circumstances yet existing, that the effects of this influence have not entirely passed away.
His characterisation of them as Ethiopians may be due to the fact that his white colonial upbringing has lead him to label anything darker than a lily-white Englander as an "Ethiopian". ie he had personal contact with Ethiopians and thus used them as a point of reference. Like later it became fashionable to label anybody darker than an Englander and lighter than a central-southern African an "Indian".
Nah, he wasn't that naive (and even though I don't think he used the terms, I think that Godfrey Higgins was aware of the difference between Merotic and Nilotic Black people) cf:
BOOK I - CHAPTER IVTWO ANCIENT ETHIOPIAS—GREAT BLACK NATION IN ASIA—THE BUDDHA OF INDIA A NEGRO—THE ARABIANS WERE CUSHITES—SHEPHERD KINGS—HINDOOS AND EGYPTIANS SIMILAR—SYRIA PEOPLED FROM INDIA
PS Fela Kuti was Nigerian. I recommend you track down his biography, fascinating!
I'm somewhat familiar with the music and history of Fela Kuti. Just glanced at his biography again per your suggestion too.
Black President? Considering the brutal Zionist-controlled U.S. foreign policy—which is responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths of dark-skin or melanated people all around the world—which Barack Obama doesn't seem to be opposing very much if at all, Barack Obama should be listening to more Fela Kuti.
Speaking of the warmonger Barmitt Obomney, it's "Election Day"; so I'm off to—even though he isn't even a write-in at this point—go write in Ron Paul on the ballots, considering that he was perhaps the ONLY anti-war/pro-peace presidential candidate this election (I say "perhaps", because John Huntsman ran and I think that he might have been anti-war/pro-peace as well). Now even though I think that the said elections are rigged anyway, it will only take a minute to go write in Ron Paul, so that I can tell people that I wrote him in if they ask "Did you vote?" or if they say "You don't have a say if you don't vote", etc. etc. etc.