Africa > Hobatia
By the sixth century A.D, three distinctive kingdoms had emerged. The kingdom
of "Nobatia", stretching from the first to the third Cataract, and
with Faras as its capital, to the south lay the kingdom of "Makuria",
centered on the site of old Dongola, and exercising control over the Nile valley
for south as the region between 4th and 5th Cataract. The third kingdom, "Alwa"
lay further south, its capital Soba was situated on the Blue Nile south cast
It was against this political backdrop that the official conversion of the
Nubians to Christianty took place. Merchants and monks from Egipt had probably
begun to spread the knowledge of Chrisianily through Nubia by the 5th century
A.D while the Ballana monarchies with their own custom of human sacrifice, can
scarcely have been Christians themselves .
The presence of objects bearing christian decorative motifs among their grave
good suggests that they were aware, if actually tolerant, of the new teaching,
and its progressive acceptance by their subjects and doubtlessly this smoothed
the way for the official mission to convert Nubia which set out from by Byzantium
in the middle of the 6th century.