Ancient BaNtu Connection: Kamitic/Kemetic Color Symbolism and African Cosmology II

11 05 2013

Hetepu Family.

Summer is almost here and I hope to be travelling to some historic places where our ancestors once stood. A few years back I visited Jamestown and Williamsburg, VA where the Williamsburg Museum actually acknowledge how the first Africans on North American shores were from the Kongo Angolan region. For those of you who don’t know and are new to my blog, the Kongo people prior to be taken to the Americas were not forced into Christianity. Many of them willingly converted to the new faith before the start of the Maafa (the Africa Slave  Trade/Holocaust).  At the Williamsburg Muesuem they actually have a Kongo rosary from the late 1600s or early 1700s. The interesting thing about this rosary was that it didn’t have Jesus on it but instead Queen Nzinga. (I wish I could have taken a picture…I really tried and even tried sketching it but lost the drawing). It was a clear fact, that the Kongo people actually Africanized Christianity prior to their arrival. So this year my family reunion is in Atlanta, GA and I hope to visit Savannah, GA to see the First African Baptist Church.

First African Baptist Church 1775

First African Baptist Church 1775

First African Baptist Church was built in 1775. It claims to have been the first church originally founded in 1773, but it is contested by First Baptist of Virginia. My interests in this church is that this is where the Kongo floor diagram was found.

Kongo Cross at First African Baptist in Savannah, GA

Kongo Cross First African Baptist in Savannah, GA

According to historians, the church was also on one of the stations on the Underground Railroad. Escapees were hidden under the church and the holes in the floor boards acted as vents. It appears that in typical African thinking to identify where the runaways were they marked the spot with an X.

Kongo Cross used for Ventilation during Underground Railroad

Kongo Cross used for Ventilation during Underground Railroad

But, I was wondering if there were more signs of the Kongo influence that have gone unnoticed.  Since the money to build the church was donated by slaves who were saving to purchase their freedom and everything was hand built by them also.

Court of the Kongo Kingdom and First African Baptist Sanctuary

Court of the Kongo Kingdom and First African Baptist Sanctuary

A look at Fist African Baptist sanctuary is very similar to the Kongo court.  Can you see the Kongo Upper Land and how it was converted using the archway?

First African Baptist Sanctuary

First African Baptist Sanctuary

The lights above give an allusion that something glorious is taken place, while something within is sacred.  This is where the idea appears to have originated from.

The queen is depicted in the position Funda Nkata, a very common pose among the noble class and religious authorities that indicates dignity or authority.

The queen is depicted in the position Funda Nkata, a very common pose among the noble class and religious authorities that indicates dignity or authority.

Notice how the enclosure begins or opens up at the bottom.

Kongo Yowa Cross

Kongo Yowa Cross

If you will recall, the Kongo Cross or Cosmogram begins from the Musoni moment as well.

Maa Aankh Cosmogram

Maa Aankh Cosmogram

Also, in the Kamitic / Kemetic traditions, Amun Ra is said to be the True Creator. Correction, not Creator but the Originator because the Kamitic thinkers liked to personify concepts in order to better understand them. Amun Ra as you can see is not a god nor is he The God.  The God in the Kamitic / Kemetic language was called Nebertcher or “Lord of Everything”.  Amun Ra we see simply means the Hidden Ra (Energy or Force).  Now, a closer look behind the pulpit of First African Baptist and there are stain glass windows of their pastors.

First African Baptist Sanctuary stain glass windows

First African Baptist Sanctuary stain glass windows

Notice how it forms a cross, but here’s where it stretches back to Kamit/Kemet (Ancient Egypt). Notice that there are nine marks or small discs encircling the image. Again, it should be noted that these were made around the late 1700s and early 1800s by ex-slaves and enslaved African Americans.

First African Baptist Sanctuary stain glass windows

First African Baptist Sanctuary stain glass windows

 This same number also appears in the patchwork ceiling, which resembles a quilt.

First African Baptist Sanctuary patchwork ceiling

First African Baptist Sanctuary patchwork ceiling

The number nine is a sacred number in Kamit/Kemet because it refers to the Kamitc Tree of Life also called the Paut Neteru, which was introduced by Ra Un Nefer Amen in his Metu Neter series. The number nine is also sacred in various African traditions as it refers to the gestation period and thus the completion of a cycle. When you look at the ceiling you see that each segment is composed of nine smaller segments. It is another way of drawing the Kongo Cross using diamonds and squares.  It basically is another illustration of an individual’s life term.

White Hedjet Crown

White Hedjet Crown

The fact that the ceiling is white gives another meaning, which reveals African cosmology at its best in North America. This is because remember, the color white in African thinking symbolizes the ancestral dead.  Remember, this is a symbolic concept that early Africans as far back as Kamit / Kemet created, which is why Osar’s (Asar, Ausar, Osiris in Greek) is known as the Lord of the Dead (Ancestors).  The name of Osar’s backbone or column is called djet, the symbol of strength. Even the root term of Osar’s crown ‘djet’ refers to inner strength.   Are you starting to see the picture?

Djett: Osar's Backbone

Djett: Osar’s Backbone

When we put together the color white with the concept of completed cycles on the ceiling. What we have here is the Kongo Cross turned upside down. The larger squares symbolize those who completed their cycle in the land of the living. That’s right. What we have above is an African view of Heaven. Where one would hope to die and see their deceased loved ones, but there’s a double meaning. This means the reason the pastors each have nine marks surrounding their image is because the Africans found another way of honoring those who lived a full term.

First African Baptist Stained Glass Window

First African Baptist Stained Glass Window

The other meaning or I should say the most important interpretation is that the ancestors above are looking over (protecting) their descendants, thus the church itself has just become a Kongo Cross or Maa Aankh, and in case you’re wondering.  Above the ceiling of course is where the Almighty God Nebertcher or Nzambi is imagined to be over it all, hence the Lord of Everything.

FAB Ceiling

Of course, all of this is just my theory but, when you look at the floor of the sanctuary, which is red or reddish brown.

FAB Sanctuary

FAB Sanctuary

What comes to my mind is the land of the living or TASETT on the Maa Aankh.

TASETT - The Red Lands. Literally also known as the desert region of Lower Kamit or Egypt. Metaphorically, it symbolizes our Lower Self and the Land of the Living (Physical Realm).

TASETT – The Red Lands. Literally also known as the desert region of Lower Kamit or Egypt. Metaphorically, it symbolizes our Lower Self and the Land of the Living (Physical Realm).

It should be clear that our ancestors thought about God, their ancestors, and the heavenly realm on a daily basis as indicated by this quilt, which also resembles the patchwork ceiling.

Woman holding African American Quilt from 1700s

Woman holding African American Quilt from 1700s

Now, another interesting fact that I have found about African First Baptist is that even their logo is a Kongo design.  Of course, it is not known if the artist was aware of this or not (most likely not).  Whatever the case, that is not the point.

FAB Logo

FAB Logo

 The point is that our ancestors really did leave instructions for us in stone.

Colonoware

Kongo Cross on Colonoware

We just need to take the time and investigate our culture, practices and traditions, instead of running behind everyone else’s.

Basic Kongo Cosmogram

Basic Kongo Cosmogram

No we do not need imitate, mimic, resurrect or reconstruct an exact replica of what our ancestors did because culture is not static, it is always evolving.

This is what the Kongo Yowa Cross (above) and Maa Aankh (below) indicate.

Maa Aankh

All we have to do, is search for God and we will find our ancestors there waiting to point us in our cultural direction.

Hope this helps.

Hetep.

Like this post? You may want to check out: Ancient Ancient BaNtu Connection: Kamitic/Kemetic Color Symbolism and African Cosmology I,
So Early Christian Stole From Kamit/Kemet Now What? Part 1 or So Early Christian Stole From Kamit/Kemet Now What? Part 2





What is the Kingdom Within?

10 06 2011

To truly understand how to tap into the power of God, we have to have a clear understanding what religion is and in order to do this we need to understand what is our relationship to God. It is often said that we are a microcosm of a Greater Macrocosm, that we are made in the image of God, which means we have the same divine potential as God has just not in quantity; like a drop of water is to the ocean, same quality different quantities. But REALLY! What does that mean from a practical perspective? Well, lets turn to our ancestors and see what they have to say about the issue.

TASETT the “Red Lands” is what the Kamitic people called Lower Kamit, the northern section of the country that stretched towards the Meditarranean. It is a perfect symbol for the lower division of our spirit – the Sahu or subconscious, which is responsible for memories, personality, learned experiences, behavior and everything that is needed for us to physically survive. Because it relates to our limited perception based upon our physical-body experience.

KAMTA the “Black Lands” is what the Kamitic people called Upper Kamit, the southern section of the country that expanded further south towards Kush and Punt (Nubia), the Kamitic ancestral lands – Tameri and so on. It is therefore a perfect symbol for the higher division of our spirit – the Ba, Divine Consciousness (divine spark) or Super conscious/unconscious, which connects us to the Divine, reveals to us our destiny, our true name, reconnects us back to our ancestral legacy and so on. Because it relates to our unlimited perception based upon our inner-experience with the Divine and all things spiritual.

According the Story of Ra and Oset (Isis by the Greek), Khepera was the sunrise, Ra the midday sun, Ra Atum was sunset and Amun Ra was the moon at midnight (when the sun is believed to be shining from the other side).  These four Ras are not gods, but attributes of the God that describe how to apply and use the Ra or Rau – the Holy Spirit of God. They are therefore perfect symbols of Man and Woman’s self-soul, the human conscious or spiritual heart called the Ab. Besides showing that because of our ab we have free-will, which gives us the right to do whatever we choose and become who we want to be.  This diagram illustrates the evolutionary path that our soul takes and reveals that at each stage of our development the Divine is our guide, symbolized as the four moments of the sun.


Since the word religion is derived from the Latin words “re,” meaning, “again, back” and  “ligare,” meaning “bind, fasten, tie,” which is often translated to mean “to tie back to something, which one had originally belong.” We see from the maa aankh cosmogram that this “tieing back” or “return” refers to our original and pure state of consciousness. The conscious that wills miracles to take place through spiritual means the same way Nebertcher willed the universe to come into being, hence Amun Ra.

For more on the Kingdom Within see
Kamta:
A Practical Kamtic Path for Obtaining Power





The Truth About Kamitic/Kemetic Spirituality: What about Jesus Part 4

14 04 2010

Peace Family.

Continuing our discussion we will discuss possible ways of clearing up the confusion with Jesus. Please note this is not the absolute way but it is one of the ways that I have found to be useful and beneficial in my development.

See, Jesus as a real, physical human being that accomplished great things through the power of God. When we approach Jesus from this perspective, our rational mind says, “Ok. That makes sense” and instead of worshiping one’s understanding or cultural interpretation of Jesus and his teachings. The focus returns to worshiping and serving God.
Jesus then becomes an iconic figure, an ancestral archetype for Christians (and others) to aspire to be like. In other words, he becomes like a guardian angel providing one with insight as to how to accomplish similar feats as he has done in his lifetime.  In this role he is equated with Osar and through this role he is able to connect to others because he is the great Christian ancestor, like Osar is considered the great ancestor of the Kamitic people.
Is this approach anti-Christian? You ask. Did not Jesus say that he was the mediator? Did not Jesus say, “I am the door; the person who enters by me will find Eternal bliss”, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life”, etc.  So, this approach is not anti-Christian. It is anti-Set.  Set is the author of confusion and the creator of war, which by the way the present state that most of our affairs are in.

If you really want to know if it is the truth all one has to do is “Come to Jesus” and see if it works. All one has to do is try.  If you try this and it works like I have you will be amazed because everything that Jesus talks about will have such a real and profound meaning to you. You will also discover that the real reason the Council of Nicea and all of the other political motivated agendas confused the issue about Christianity is to hide the fact that true Christianiy is actually a syncretism of the Kamitic/Kemetic religion.

Also see: Why other people’s faiths don’t work for us,  The Truth About Kamitic/Kemetic Spirituality: What about Jesus: Part 1, & Part 2.

Hope this helps. Hetep,

Derric “Rau Khu” Moore

For a complete discourse and in-depth analysis see:
MAA AANKH: Finding God the Afro-American Way, by Honoring the Ancestors and Guardian Spirits.





Why other people’s faiths don’t work for us?

5 04 2010

It is my belief that because we have been so accustomed to believing that we were left in North America with no culture and no roots. Many of us when we go out looking to fulfill our spiritual quest, we replace the cultural religious perspective of our enslavers with some other foreign cultural perspective.  We replace the Eurocentric version of Christianity with the Arab-centric version of Islam, the Asian-centric version of Taoism or Buddhism, or the Indian-centric version of Hinduism, and so on. Then no matter how much time, energy and effort we put into these various faiths, it always seems like something is missing. It never dawns on us that maybe the reason why we feel so out of place is because our ancestors don’t approve of what we are doing.

It needs to be understood that one of the main objectives of religion is to affirm in its followers their ability to accomplish anything because they are made in the image of the Divine, but when you are in another’s religion, which does not reflect your divinity. That religion simply establishes and perpetuates your cultural and racial inferiority to others.

Our ancestors are waiting with open arms for us to return home. All we have to do is answer their call. (I felt that this video was appropriate especially since it features one of my favorite groups Olodum.) Enjoy.





Heaven Must Be Like This: Treat Your Woman Right (Part 2)

2 04 2010

An anonymous reader asked me to clarify on what I meant that your woman is a blessing in disguise.

As stated before in Part 1, the Kamitic/Kemetic people didn’t call the earth Mother Earth or Mother Nature like a lot of other cultures. The Earth or Nature was viewed as being masculine. While the Celestial Sky or Heavens were viewed as being feminine. Since the Kamitic/Kemetic people took it literal that we are made in the image of God. From a metaphysical perspective, man was the physical manifestation of the Earth and woman the physical manifestation of the Heavens.

To make it simple and plain, metaphysically and metaphorically speaking, to enter into a woman was viewed as entering physically into the heavens. Yeah, we’ve been deep like this for centuries and even though many of us didn’t know this from the Kamitic/Kemetic perspective. It just comes out of us in all sorts of artistic expressions. Remember, the Ohio Players’ “Heaven Must be Like This”?

As you can see, it is not all about the sex. The symbolism is absolutely beautiful and expresses how black people in general viewed their women, which is a stark contrast from how the Western world looked upon women.  This is why in Kamit/Kemet and throughout traditional Sub Sahara Africa (before the spread of Islam, slavery and colonization), African women had similar rights as men, such as the right to marry, enter into the priesthood (the Western world still doesn’t accept in general women clergy), the rights to own property and so on.  It is the reason why everything passed along the maternal line, which is still based upon the belief that our blessings come from the heavens. This changed after invaders began grabbing up the women, thus seizing the wealth.

A man that truly understands this would never hit his woman because metaphysically speaking he would understand that he is striking the mysterious, spiritual manifestation of the God, that brings blessings into his life that could turn into curses. In a practical sense, she could bear a child that would either improve the life of the family or fight on her behalf against (paternal) tyranny, like the child Hru (Hrw, Heru, Horus) had done.

At the same time, a woman truly understanding this would take pride in herself and view herself as being sacred. She wouldn’t boldly advertise her SECRET or MYSTERIES, like the misguided youth of today. She would only enter into union with a man that understands and respects her sacredness based upon the way he treats the women in his life, like his mother, grandmother, aunts, sisters and female cousins.

I think that if people looked at themselves as being creations of God with Divine Potential within their being, instead of as lowly creatures created by accident. They would have a higher self awareness and esteem for themselves, thus a greater chance for a harmonious and successful male and female relationship.

Do you see why Kamitic/Kemetic spirituality is so important in the education of our children?

More Related Posts: Treat Your Woman Right: Blessing in DisguiseAncient Bantu Connection… , and Kamitic/Kemetic Spirituality & Love

For a complete discourse and in-depth analysis see:
MAA AANKH: Finding God the Afro-American Way, by Honoring the Ancestors and Guardian Spirits.





Are You Spiritually Weak?

2 04 2010

It has been brought to my attention that a lot of people believe or think that spirituality is all about weakness.  In the eyes of many, it was this meekness that is confused with weakness that led to Black Africa’s downfall.

I remember when I started this journey I use to think this way as well. In fact, my idea of spirituality was based upon the character Kwai Chang Caine of the 1970s mini-series Kung Fu. Caine was bad son-of-a-gun in my book. He walked around being all nice and all but if you tested him, he kicked your butt with his Shaolin style kung fu. The only problem or problems I had with Caine was that he was broke. He had no money, wore bummed out clothing, the only thing he had to his name was a flute. Everything else was a hand-me-down and oh by the way, even though he never stood outside with a sign, dangling from his neck was the sign, “Will work/and do kung fu for food”.  Since Caine was my idea of what spirituality was, I experienced a similar fate; feeling and being grossly impoverished for a number of years, and only defending myself when provoked,   Today I am not like rolling in the money but I am doing a heck of a lot better than I was ten years ago when I held this erroneous belief. One of the reasons why I am doing better is because of the character Pedro Cerrano played by Dennis Haysbert in the late 1980s films Major League I and II. The movie has a host of stars and is one of Wesley Snipes first movie gigs.

In Major League 1, Pedro Cerrano is a heavy hitting outfielder defected from Cuba that can hit every ball out of the park except for curve balls.  So, he turns to “Voodoo”, specifically a little loa he calls Jobu to give him more power to hit the curve balls.  Cerrano explains that the reason he turns to Jobu instead of Jesus whom he likes btw, is because Jesus can’t hit a curve ball.  It is funny because throughout the movie Jobu demonstrates that he is real.

Jobu even manages to win over a few converts but Cerrano still struggles with hitting curves balls throughout the entire season.  It isn’t until the end of the movie that Cerrano finally realizes that he has to depend upon himself that he is able to hit a curve ball, which he knocks out of the park and gives his team the winning advantage. In the end, his team wins.

Cerrano realizing what he has to do.

In Major League 2, Cerrano believing he has too much power and is too raw, travels to Asia and studies with a supposed Buddha master, who teaches him the alleged ways of the Buddha.  The problem with these teachings, which Cerrano doesn’t see, is that they make him extremely gentle.  As a result, the opposing teams take advantage of Cerrano’s confused weakened spiritual state and strike him out every time he comes to the plate because, instead of running to first base when he hits a pop ball. He is more concerned with saving a pigeon. Or instead of focusing on hitting the ball, he is instead fascinated with the metaphysics and speed of the ball.

Anyway, as the movie progresses, the team desperate for any good talent, that the general manager can afford, recruits a Japanese baseball player (btw Japanese are real serious about baseball) name Tanaka who tells Cerrano that his teacher is wrong using choice Japanese words of course. Unfortunately for Cerrano, Tanaka can’t speak English very well so he is not able to understand exactly what Tanaka is saying. The best way Tanaka can explain it to Cerrano is by insulting his manhood or machismo.

Tanaka continues to tell Cerrano that Buddha was a warrior and that Cerrano has no marbles. He yells at Cerrano, “Buddha inside, outside warrior!” Tanaka even puts a little sword on the Buddha statue. He does everything he can to get Cerrano fired up and to see that  Buddha is about balance.

Of course, it isn’t until the nearing of the climatic end that Cerrano finally gets it and it becomes clear to him what Tanaka is talking about – “inner strength”.

So, to create a balance, Cerrano introduces his old friend Jobu (rawness) to his Buddha (gentleness), and explains to the two iconic figures that they need to get along.   If you have not seen these films, you have to because they are really hilarious. Later Cerrano and Tanaka become good friends.

The interesting thing about this movie that relates to this post is who told Cerrano that he was too raw or too powerful? It is the same with this belief that spirituality or any philosophy from another culture is about being docile. Where did we get this idea from? I am not absolutely sure but my research has led me to the late 1960s and early 1970s Peace/Love/Flower Child /Hippie Movement. It was through the pop culture of this era that many young Westerners began adopting foreign expressions with the hope that they will help everyone get along and bring peace to the world. It was realized later that this Utopia was a pipe dream stimulated by the excessive use of alcohol, LSD, marijuana, heroin and other euphoric drugs, when a host of heinous acts started making headlines.

Even though it was realized that the Utopia of this era was not feasible, it has not stopped people from striving to achieve it still. This in my opinion is the reason why people are so fond of the Ancient Egyptian forms because it allows them to play dress up. I say forms because a form relates to a costume that can be taken on and off.

The point of making all of this known is to inform you that true spirituality cannot be taken on and off as if it was clothing. This is a Westernized concept that has at present been glamorized by pop culture, that all you have to do is read some books, change your name, stop eating meat and start wearing some clothes from another culture and/or era, and…VOILA! “You are Spiritual”now. This is a way of life.

A thorough analysis of Kamitic/Kemetic history will reveal that when the Greeks entered our ancient lands, they were the first to imitate the ancient Egyptians by making statues with Kamitic/Kemetic symbols and Greek togas as seen above.  Clearly, if the Greeks had understood what Kamitic/Kemetic spiruality was all about they would have turned the country back over to the founders. Proof that they didn’t can be seen that Kamit/Kemet spiraled into a state of imbalance and was invaded numerous times afterward.

The contemporary Western approach to spirituality is as is said in the spiritual circles, truly linear, lopsided, and left-brained and illustrated on the maa aankh, on the red side all based upon the physical and what is seen. It is in the red zone also because this is TASETT, the desert, the realm where there is nothing but problems. This is what happens when we do things totally by what we see. As they say in the church we walk by “Faith, not by Sight” because in the desert there are all sorts of mirages and illusions.

Now, this is not to say that there aren’t any good Western traditions. It is just that in general Western culture is polarized on the left side.  .  It is truly imbalance, which is the reason why when Asians come to North America and see Westerners practicing their philosophy, they “run” in the other direction, because they realize that this Westernize pseudo Eastern spirituality is nothing but garbage as Tanaka tries to tell Cerrano.

True spirituality is all about balance and has always consisted of two parts.  As Tanaka tells Cerrano, “Buddha inside, outside warrior!” This Westernized approach to spirituality is not balanced, which is why in the long run it doesn’t work and doesn’t produce any long lasting physical results.  This is the reason why the Utopia of the late 1960s and 1970s didn’t work and the reason why it doesn’t work to this day. This in my opinion is where we got the idea that spirituality is all about being meek or weak.  It is from the Westernize cultural perspective. It is the same reason why the gentle loving aspects of Jesus are depicted over the rebellious, revolutionary and at the temple angry aspects.

If your spirituality is not bringing you true peace and helping you to improve your life, then maybe you ought to reconsider your definition and idea of what spirituality is about.  What do you think?

For a complete discourse and in-depth analysis see:
MAA AANKH: Finding God the Afro-American Way, by Honoring the Ancestors and Guardian Spirits.





Is Your Victory in Your Peace?

31 03 2010

Have you ever heard the saying that your victory is in your peace? When I was growing up the older people in the church use to sing this song called Victory Shall be Mine, which went as follows:

Victory, victory shall be mine.
Victory, victory shall be mine.
If I hold my peace, let the Lord fight my battles.
Victory, victory shall be mine.

For the longest time I didn’t understand what they meant by this because to hold your tongue, not fight for yourself, etc. was seen as a sign of weakness, softness or simply just being a punk; and, of course, if you’re a punk you get beat down.  I also thought this was about not being able to defend yourself.

It wasn’t until I learned about the maa aankh and compared it with the story or Legend of Osar (Ausar, Asar or Osiris).  According to legend, king Osar was responsible for bringing peace, prosperity and order to the Kamitic/Kemetic people. He was loved by everyone until his envious brother Set (Set-an or Satan) murdered him and usurped the throne. Thanks to Osar’s devoted wife, an heir to the throne was conceived named Hru (Heru, Hrw or Horus) who challenged Set when he came of age. Now for a period of time, when the two engaged in battle, it usually ended in stalemate because Set was more conniving; after all he is the author of chaos, confusion and master of war. It wasn’t until Hru who had a gouged out eye repaired so that he could see clearly, and allow the deceased Osar to intercede on his behalf, that Hru was able to finally defeat Set and win the war.  After doing so, he was awarded the double crown called the Pschent.

Set’s color is the color red, which according to ancient African symbolism is the color of life, mediation, fire, aggression and masculinity, which is why the Kamitic/Kemetic people called the northern region of their country, Lower Kamit/Kemet, TASETT (The Red Lands), symbolized by the red crown they called the Deshret. Basically, it is what our elders use to call a “hot head”.

The southern region of the country further into the interior of Africa, the Kamitic or Kemetic people called it Upper Kamit/Kemet or KAMTA (The Black Lands) but they symbolized the dark fertile grounds of their country with a white crown they called the Hedjet. The color white in the ancient African mystery systems symbolizes purity, cleanliness (hence ethics and morality, thus a clean heart), knowledge, wisdom, stability, the honorable dead or the ancestors.

This means that Hru was given the double crown because he was able to keep a cool head and not allow his passion for victory to defeat him. In the Japanese martial arts systems the samurai Code of Bushido teaches and I paraphrase that a “the best warrior is the calm warrior”. In the Afro-Brazillian martial arts Capoeira mestres (masters) are forever telling young adepts not to just kick all widly but to exercise control. Even in the Hip Hop world, jokers are told that they need to “CHILL”.

I understand now that your victory is in your peace is all about exercising self-control, self-discipline and inner strength.  It is not about not defending your self but about not worrying and having any fear. This is why Set is considered evil in the Kamitic/Kemetic tradition, it is because he doesn’t exercise any self-control and simply allows his emotions (arrogance, lust, greed, jealousy, his hater mentality)  to control him.  He had a hot head and/or a hard head, which reminds me that my grandfather use to say a hard head makes a what??? Yeah, soft behind.  He also use to say, “Don’t let your mouth write a check that your butt can’t cash”, which all deals with excessive emotions or no control.

When we exercise a little control, the blessings of God (peace, wisdom, stability, etc.) manifests themselves in our life as hunches, intuitive thoughts, ideas, dreams, etc. delivered to us through our ancestors.  It is through the blessings of God that we solve our problems.

What do you think?

For a complete discourse and in-depth analysis see:
MAA AANKH: Finding God the Afro-American Way, by Honoring the Ancestors and Guardian Spirits.





Message from the Spirit through The WIZ

29 03 2010

HTP-U (Peace) Beloved

Hope this post brings you much light and encouragement.  The other day I had just finished talking to my father about my work and how it related to us culturally. Shortly afterward because my little niece was running around and she loves music, my father decided to put on The Wiz.  Great movie, I don’t care what anyone says, the late 70s and early 80s was the BOMB. For those who don’t know the Wiz is the best retelling of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, but it is done from an African American cultural perspective.

Anyway, as we sat watching this movie, which by the way my little niece wasn’t even interested and kept playing, we were all singing the songs.  A nostalgic moment of course, because it had been a while since I had seen this film and funny how I still remembered some scenes and forgot others. One of my favorite parts of the movie is the when Dorothy (played by Diana Ross) and the Rift Raft (as the Wiz calls them) goes to Emerald City and they are jammin’ out to the different colors. Green is Mean, Red is Dead and Gold is Bold.

As I continued to watch the movie another favorite scene came up, which was when the gang goes to Evillene’s Sweat Shop, the Wicked Witch of the West (played by Mabel King), which was dark red.  I didn’t see the connection yet. Until, after Dorothy kill’s Evillene and tries to get back home, where she finds that the Wiz cannot help her.

Now, what’s interesting about this is that in the Wonderful Wizard of Oz 1939 film, the Good Witch of the South was changed to the Good Witch of the North. When the creators of the Wiz retold the story and made it into a film, the changed the character back to the Good Witch of the South, played by the great Lena Horne. Then’s when it hit me…

“Ummm….Does this look familiar?” I heard.  Noticed the maa aankh below the red region symbolizes TASETT (the evil, physical, hard labor, desert, impotent, etc.) and black region symbolizes KAMTA (the good, spiritual, easy, prosperous, fertile, night sky, heavens, etc.).  I am not sure if the creators of the Wiz were aware of this cultural significance or not. What I do know is that the Wiz makes a lot more sense psychologically than the Wonderful Wizard of Oz.  What do you think?

Check out Prayer to the Black Christ

For a complete discourse and in-depth analysis see:
MAA AANKH: Finding God the Afro-American Way, by Honoring the Ancestors and Guardian Spirits.





The Origin of KAMTA: Kamitic/Kemetic Shamanism

28 03 2010

Kamitic priest in leopard pelt

Kamitic/Kemetic spirituality or way of life means a lot of things to a lot of people because Kamit/Kemet has and always will be a source of inspiration to generations and for generations to come. For some Kamitic/Kemeitc spirituality/way of life is an initiation system that focuses upon reconnecting to Nebertcher or God in order to expand one’s consciousness.  With the sole hope of declaring before their life came to an end that they are Osar (Asar, Ausar, Osiris).  For others Kamitic/Kemetic spirituality/way of life is about recreating, reconstructing and rebuilding the Kamitic/Kemetic society of old in order to restore Maa (balance, law, order, truth, etc.) to our hell bent society.  But for the Land of Kam, Kamitic/Kemetic spirituality/way of life is all about assisting the individual to improve their daily lives through the power of God. Unlike other Kamitic/Kemetic inspired traditions that begin with the conflict between Hru (Hrw, Heru, Horus) and Set in the Story of Osar (Asar, Ausar, Osiris). The basis of the Land of Kam spiritual practice also called KAMTA (the Black Lands) centers around the pragmatic knowledge of the Kamitic/Kemetic people and their Story of Ra and Oset.

The Kamitic/Kemetic Influences from Nature

Like most stories and traditions of indigenous people, the people of Kamit/Kemet’s beginnings is heavily influenced by how they migrated to the region, acquired food, whether by hunting animals or through agriculture, and developed into a peaceful society. According to the history of the Kamitic/Kemetic people, their country was divided into two regions due to the north flowing Nile River. The southern region of Kamit/Kemet was called the Upper Kamit or KAMTA (the Black Lands), which is where the name of this practice derives from. This region because the mouth of the Nile began in the south, had fertile dark soil, which made it possible for the Kamitic/Kemetic people to have lush crops, which naturally attracted lots of wild game that could be hunted.  It was because of this rich fertile soil, the Kamitic/Kemetic people were able to develop the science of agriculture, which laid the foundation for them to become prosperous. The Kamitic/Kemetic people didn’t know how or why the Nile flowed from the south to the north (it was a mystery) but by observing the stars and the planets, they were able to mark when the Nile would flood, this eventually is what led to the people creating the calendar.

The northern region of Kamit/Kemet that opened up to the Mediterranean was called Lower Kamit or TASETT (the Red Lands).  This was because this region for the most part was very arid and the terrain was difficult to work.  The lack of fertile soil made this what is imagined to be a very windy region that has the ability to dry one’s eyes, hence the origin of the Evil Eye. This coupled with the fact that nomadic warring tribes it appears fought constantly in this northern region for resources led to TASETT for the most part being seen as a harsh desert section of the country.

So you see it was from this astute observation of nature, the southern region known as KAMTA called Upper Kamit was equated with fertility, prosperity, abundance, peace, blessings, stability, strength, water, night sky (heavens), mystery, the south, etc. While TASETT was associated with infertility, impotence, poverty, limitation, war, chaos, violence, fire, weakness, physical land, the north, etc. It wouldn’t be long afterwards that these influences would eventually be grafted into legends, myths and stories used to validate cultural practices. As time moved on it became general knowledge amongst the Kamitic/Kemetic people of the dyadic relationship that existed between the two regions. It was simple; it was always KAMTA/TASETT, mystery/known, secret/unveiled, invisible/visible, spirit/physical, dead/living, dark/light and night/day.  The reader will note that this would appear to be a contradiction because you may have heard that Set was the devil and Hru was associated with the day.  A thorough analysis of the Kamitic/Kemetic legends will reveal that this was not the case originally.  Originally Set was good but eventually usurped by Hru who became associated with light and day and Set became associated with evil. Early Christians copied this word for word, which is why the devil in Christian lore was associated with being a good angel before being kicked out of heaven. Set still carries some of his old names as being the Lord of Light. Returning back to our subject, one of those stories that are often overlooked is the Story of Ra and Oset.

The Kamitic/Kemetic Story of Ra and Oset

WhoAmI?

The Story of Ra and Oset begins with Oset wanting Ra’s power so that she could become a divine being. She believed that if she could discover Ra’s real name, which he kept secret she could gain control over him and become as great as he.  Through magical means Oset created a serpent and laid it upon Ra’s path so that when he came across it, the serpent would strike him and make him ill. When the poison of the serpent caused Ra’s skin to boil with fever and his bones to shake. Ra states that he has a multitude of names and a multitude of forms”. As Ra grows weaker and Oset persists to ask him to give her his real name, Ra states all of the things that he has created and that he is Khepera in the morning, Ra at noon and Tmu (or Atum) in the evening. Finally, having no other choice, Ra secretly revealed his real name to Oset so that it would be hidden to others. He does so by transferring his name from his body to hers, thus revealing that Ra dwells within. Then the story ends with the impression that Ra’s real name had, not been revealed.

In order to fully understand the story one has to have an understanding of the Kamitic/Kemetic language and philosophy. When Ra states that he has a multitude of names and a multitude of forms, it indicates that Ra is not the God or the Supreme Being as Egyptologists have claimed, but an attribute, part or section of the God. When Ra states all of the things that he has created and responds that he is Khepera in the morning, Ra at noon and Tmu (or Atum) in the evening. He reveals that he is not the sun but that his name is associated with the moments of the sun.  In other words, his real name is what gives him purpose and declares what he is supposed to do. Finally having no choice and forced to give in to Oset wishes, when he reveals his real name to Oset he does so in secret by transferring his real name from his body to hers. We learn that the real name of Ra or the real Ra resides within. The real name of Ra is secret, hidden and is called Amun Ra, which means Hidden or Concealed Ra. The real Ra that Ra transfers from his body to the body of Oset derived from the Kamitic/Kemetic word “ra” meaning energy, power, strength, etc. It is the Kamitic equivalent of the Semitic “el” which means the same thing and is used the same way as prefix and suffix to various words. The real Ra that dwells within is the life force, the Holy Ghost, the Power or the Spirit of God that exists everywhere and in everything.

The Kamitic/Kemetic Culture and Way of Life

Maa Aankh Cosmogram

Maa Aankh Cosmogram

When all of this is taken into consideration, compared with other traditional African systems – particularly the Kongo Cross – and put together according to the moments of the sun: Khepera is marked by the rising sun (sunrise), Ra by midday sun (noon), Ra Atum by the evening sun (sunset) and Amun Ra by midnight. Together these four moments of Ra graphically create the cosmogram called the maa aankh.  To the trained eye or the one who was biologically or culturally akin to the Kamitic/Kemetic people generally speaking Khepera is birth, Ra is life, Ra Atum is death and Amun Ra is rebirth. This is why activities pertaining to life in Kamit/Kemet were associated with Khepera, the rising sun and the east, which is where the practice of facing east derived from.It was originally done to initiate or stimulate rebirth.  Today African American hymns still make reference to the east, just listen to the Winans song Tomorrow or Anita Baker and the Winans song Ain’t No Need to Worry. An analysis of the Kamiti/Kemetic culture will also reveal that activities associated with Ra Atum, the setting sun, and the west, were also associated with death, and so on.

Kamitic/Kemetic Spirituality

Maa Aankh

As you can see, the Kamitic/Kemetic people were a very ingenious group of people that tried as best they could to protect their country from foreign invaders from the north, which they associated with the color red, that the reader will recall was associated with the younger brother Set, Lower Kamit and TASETT. The two lands of Kamit/Kemet are likened to the head (upper) and tail (lower) of Rau, which was later adapted and modified to the Story of Osar (the older brother) and Set (the younger brother).The color white by the way is the color of wisdom, purity, knowledge and the honorable dead.

The Kamitic/Kemetic peoples’ close observations of nature made them also observe what occurred within their being. It was understood that just like there was a KAMTA and TASETT that existed physically, KAMTA and TASETT also existed spiritually within man and woman. A man or woman that was peaceful, prosperous, righteous, truthful living, God fearing, fertile, disciplined, etc. was viewed as being influenced by KAMTA and associated with the “individual” called Osar. A man or woman that was untruthful, disrespectful of God, impotent/infertile, lacked self-discipline, a warmonger, rash, impoverished, etc. was said to be influenced by TASETT as was associated with the energy Set.

According to history one of the first Kamitic/Kemetic individuals associated with Osar was the first dynasty ruler named King Menes/Narmer. It is not known who was the first individual to become associated with Set, what is known is that Set later became Set-an and finally the Christian Satan. Because King Menes/Narmer was a physical, living human being, it disputes the popular claim that the Kamitic/Kemetic people worshipped gods and goddesses. A thorough analysis of their culture and the grand edifices that continue to stand that are actually memorials.  Reveals that what Egyptologists call gods and goddesses are actually categories for particular ancestral spirit. In other words, King Menes/Narmer became associated with Osar, which the reader will recall is associated with KAMTA (mystery, stability, strength, prosperity, peace, etc.) because he unified the country in the most peaceful way that he possibly could thus bringing prosperity. He was therefore revered as an ancestor, meaning Osar and all of the other so-called gods and goddesses of Egypt are actually guardian spirits. This is the reason why throughout Kamit/Kemet there are images of these spirits guiding and performing tasks like any other angelic being.  When we compare this to other African traditions with similar cultural practices and observe how it exists in contemporary times, it becomes clear what is Kamitic/Kemetic spirituality.

The Origin of the Amun Ra Religion

The real Ra or Rau within which corresponds to the Holy Spirit and Power of God, is all knowing, omnipotent and omnipresent because it is what is called in Western psychology the super conscious, the collective unconscious or God. It is a mystery, which is why the Kamitic people associated it with KAMTA.  The subconscious, which is the part of our being that corresponds to our personal memories, habits, etc. they associated it with TASETT.  It must be remembered that KAMTA and TASETT are also called the Upper Kamit and Lower Kamit, psychologically speaking what is termed today as Higher Self and the Lower Self.

Psychologists will tell you that the superconscious and the subconscious work together. Deep, intuitive messages come from the superconscious and are received in our subconscious as inspiring thoughts and actions. This is why the Kamitic/Kemetic people understanding the connection between the subconscious and superconscious, likened with the unification of KAMTA and TASETT. This is classic ancient African thinking that from the spiritual comes the physical, from the unseen comes the seen, the head to the tail, from the feminine principle comes the masculine principle, from the invisible comes the visible in order for there to be life, and so on, is all symbolized as the unification of KAMTA and TASETT.  The way to engage the superconscious and subconscious together is through conscious effort, which is how Khepera, Ra, Ra Atum and Amun Ra come into the picture, because they all correspond to our conscious mind, the rationalizing aspect of our being, which is our Soul.  When our Soul is at the Ra and Ra Atum moments we have difficulties because are attention is focused on the physical, the material, the things of the world, the limitations that exist in TASETT. When our Soul is at the Amun Ra and Khepera moments we are in the most receptive states and are able to receive guidance from the Rau. This is because our attention is focused on the whole perspective (spiritual/physical) and is opened to the endless possibilities that exist in KAMTA. The night sky is the limit or NO LIMIT.

What this means is that the Kamitic/Kemetic Way of Life in simple terms is all about listening and being receptive to the Rau – the Holy Spirit of God and the emissaries of the Rau, which are our aakhu (ancestors) and netcharu (guardian spirits).  When you are receptive to the Rau, the Rau (remember, being all knowing, omnipotent and omnipresent) will show you how to accomplish any and all of your objectives in life. If you have ever went to sleep with some thing on your mind and awoke with an answer, that answer came from the Rau – the Divine Spirit of God within our being that is connected to every living thing on the planet. Have you ever had a dream and in the dream you saw a deceased relative tell you something or your awoke from your dream with new insight on how to accomplish something, because you saw the deceased relative? This was your aakhu (ancestor) interceding on your behalf or delivering a message from the Rau. It is that simple and if you trust in the Rau the Rau will show you how to achieve any objective. If you state what you want to the Rau, the Rau will deliver it to you, which is why Jesus called the Rau – the Power and Spirit of God, the Comforter.

The Kamitic/Kemetic people understood this and this is why they categorized their ancestral spirits the way they did.  It was by observing nature they began to see a pattern and they recognized that when they said something that they didn’t really want it corresponded to Npu (Anpu, Sobek, Sebek, Anubis). Hence, the saying, be careful what you ask for you just might get it, but when they said something that they wanted. The Rau would provide them with an Npu guardian spirit that would help them to get what they want ethically, morally and without harming others. They understood who and what the Rau is and they knew, what prevents most people from achieving true happiness, peace, wealth, health, etc. is their ability to follow the Rau due to their fears, inhibitions, and past experiences.  All of these inhibitions correspond to TASETT or what older African Americans would call the blues or negative spirits the Kamitic/Kemetic people called aapepu influenced by Set. People want to debate if spirits are real or not.  If you want to know if a negative spirit is real all you have to do is say that you are going to do something positive and I guarantee you, you will have a bunch of energies/forces that will try to stop you. So to remind people that they are made in the image of God and that they are the controllers of their destiny, they built their civilization around the maa aankh.

Maa Aankh with Utchat

Understand, at present besides the ankh or aankh symbol (which symbolizes the rebirth of one’s conscious or being “Born Again” there are no artifacts that have been found suggesting that the Kamitic/Kemetic people had a maa aankh, but do you know what?  There probably never will be a diagram found, because as stated before the Kamitic/Kemetic people lived it and like the Kongo-Bantu people their society revolved around it.  For those who need more proof, simply study the Kamitic culture and you will find that it corresponds to the various moments and philosophy.  As to why the maa aankh exists today it is because I asked the Rau – The Spirit for a tool to help me improve my life, because I was in dire need.  After benefiting from it, I was given the task to share it with others because our families, community and society are also in bad shape.  Simply put, God and our ancestors needs individuals who aren’t afraid to stand for truth and invoke (or conjure) the power of God on point to give people encouragement, inspiration and power to take back their life from Set and the aapepu.

KAMTA is a different form of spirituality because it approaches the Kamitic/Kemetic way from an oppressed person’s perspective, like the hero Hru fighting to reclaim, attain and maintain his or her heritage.  This unique perspective can not be learned by solely by books. It requires that one take a walk on the other side – KAMTA – in order get a full picture or holistic view of life.  This is why the basic mission of KAMTA is to help people with their everyday trials and tribulations by invoking the power of Nebertcher in their life.

For a complete discourse and in-depth analysis see:
MAA AANKH: Finding God the Afro-American Way, by Honoring the Ancestors and Guardian Spirits.





What is Kamitic/Kemetic Shamanism?

24 03 2010

A couple of people I have spoken with online have looked at my book, website and asked what is Kamitic/Kemetic Shamanism and how did I come up with it? I couldn’t clearly actually sum it up in a few words or sentences because it was something that I just sat down one day and decided to make. It was something that was given to me and at the same time, something that I was initiated into. Let me explain.

Like so many, I had read and studied all sorts of books regarding the Kamitic/Kemetic way of life. The only difference from most is that I am the son of a preacher who was prophesied upon by numerous people that I too was going to be a preacher.  This of course is something I staunchly and stubbornly rejected, as if I was the biblical Jonah before being swallowed up by the whale.  I refused to follow in my father’s footsteps for a number of reasons; one of the main ones was because I was disgusted with Christianity and God in particular. After undergoing a few episodes of depression because I felt that God didn’t give a hoot about me, a voice spoke and inspired me to study the Ancient Egyptians in order to learn how they used the power of God to build their society. And, every since then, I read and studied about the Kamitic/Kemetic tradition with no true purpose or reason in sight.

It was after years of reading, studying and overcoming a few experiences that I met a priestess of Oshun who did a reading for me.  It was through the reading that this priestess told me that I was supposed to be a shaman.  Now, I didn’t know what a shaman was supposed to be. My idea of a shaman was a Native American medicine man or woman brewing some bubbly, smelly concoction with peyote mushrooms inside in order to induce a state of trance, like the one Wade Davis claimed to have experienced in the movie Serpent and the Rainbow when he visited the indigenous people of South America.

Naturally I didn’t want to believe what the reading had told me either but it wasn’t until the priestess convinced me to stop running from my calling and accept it; that I decided to read about shamanism.  Upon doing so, I learned that the basic understanding of shamanism is that it is a generic term that has been used throughout the world by anthropologists to describe practitioners that communicate with the spirit world in order to resolve problems that exist in the physical realm.  Michael Harner author of The Way of the Shaman gives a better understanding of what a shaman is and defines a shaman as “a man or woman who enters an altered state of consciousness, at will, to contact and utilize an ordinarily hidden reality in order to acquire knowledge, power, and to help other persons.”

When I first read this definition it took me a little while for me to truly understand what it meant. Then when I became deathly ill and had my near death experience (twice because I didn’t listen the first time) I began to get a better understanding what shamanism was all about and why the practice was needed.

As I submitted to my calling and allowed the Spirit to lead me, I was reminded of how I watched a number of preachers prepare to give their sermon.  It was randomly picked as some may think.  Many of them especially from the Pentecostal background that I had observed said a prayer to God and allowed the Spirit to guide their hands and eyes to turn to a page in the bible that the people needed to hear from. This practice is what is known as bibliomancy a form of divination.

As I submitted to my calling another thing that I was shown was that I was quite fond of certain ministers in my childhood church especially the ones that had the ability to lay hands upon individuals.

Another important aspect I saw but didn’t understand at that time was that my experience in the church gave me a unique understanding about Christianity, but my research and study gave me new type of theology. This allowed me to receive messages in my dreams, see omens and be able to explain them.

It was this experience and understanding that convinced me that the reason it was prophesized that I was supposed to be a preacher.  Is because the African American preacher is the contemporary shaman of the African American community. The reason I was inspired and instructed to read and study the Kamitic/Kemetic tradition was because the theology of our ancestral ways had been lost or temporarily misplaced due to slavery. As a result, the spirituality of many of our people lies in jeopardy, evidence of the social issues plaguing our families, community and society, as various churches compete to become the next super church for souls. It was through the intervention of my ancestors and guardian spirits that I was able to learn and establish a relationship with God that could not have been established through books.  The only purpose the books served in this whole experience was that they helped me to understand the ancient ancestral philosophy behind the experience.

It is for this reason out of respect for the traditions of old that a new general term had to be created to give some idea as to what I had experienced. That term is what I refer to as Kamitic/Kemetic shamanism.

Kamitic/Kemetic shamanism is not a reconstruction or resurrection of the old Kamitic/Kemetic kingdom and the cultural practices of ancient Egypt. It is not dedicated to reviving the old Kamitic/Kemetic religion or religious ways, nor is it a New Age appropriation with pagan and European deities. Kamitic/Kemetic shamanism simply put is an ancestral practice based upon the Afro-American cultural experience that focuses upon attaining and maintaining balance according to the Kamitic/Kemetic philosophy. It is the spiritual practice that helped me to greatly improve my life because our ancestors preserved this knowledge that they acquired as part of our legacy.








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