Why I Respect Kemet and Not the Moors? (Ashamed to do Voodoo)

2 10 2017

Hetep

For the record, I call you Family because it does not matter what you believe or where you come from, I consider you to be Family created from the same Spirit. I love you and want to see us all rise up.  I am a child of Kemetic spirituality and we are taught that even our foes are still family.  We are also taught that even when our family acts and behaves against us, like Set did it is out of ignorance, but they are still family. This does not mean that we are supposed to be subjugated or oppressed by them because we have a right to defend ourselves, but we must not forget that they are family.

That being said, I want to talk about something that has really been on my mind because times are changing and there are people saying that Africans enslaved Africans. What we must understand before we begin this discussions is that we cannot see the ancient world using our Western trained eyes. Just because a person has black or brown skin does not mean they were of the same tribe or clan, and this was certainly the case with the Moors.

Now, I am not going to turn this into bashing but just explain my point from a shamanic spiritual perspective.

So, let’s begin.

The Kemetic people as you know are the descendants of the Kushitic people (Ancient Nubia). Archaeological and historical research reveals that the indigenous Kemetic people actually migrated northwards towards the Mediterranean Sea from the Kush region.  So, Kemet is the daughter of Kush but when Kemet finally fell after several invasions and political upheaval. It was the Moors who basically became the stewards of the Kemetic teachings.

Who were the Moors? The Moors were basically a term that was applied to Arabs, European and the North Africans who had converted to Islam, hence blackamoor.

The Moors, became stewards of the Kemetic teachings and were responsible for introducing the maths, sciences, etc. to Europe.  Yes, they taught how to navigate using the stars, etc.

It is important to understand that discrimination in ancient times had nothing to do with race but tribal differences. Although we say Kemet and the Kemetic people, as if it was one nation of people. The Kemetic people consisted of numerous tribal clans, which is the reason we find traces of the Kemetic tradition scattered all over the Sub-Sahara. So, when we put things in perspective, what made Kemet great is that it was a very diverse African society consisting of numerous tribes united for a common cause.  Imagine that. Several groups of people specializing in specific skills and talents voluntarily coming together to make their nation great.

If this sounds strangely and eerily familiar, it is because this is the template that the ousted Europeans used to create America, with the difference being. That instead of the various groups voluntarily coming together they were forced. This is the reason Europeans studied the Kemetic people to an exact science and where did they get this idea from? It was from the Moors.

Understand that the reason we find documents and images of the Moors participating in the enslavement of Africans is because the Moors following Islamic belief and wanting to be included in the New World dominating scheme saw other Africans as non-Muslims, which translates to mean not part of my tribe. For the record, the Moors also enslaved fellow Arabs and Europeans.

So, were the Moors in cahoots with Europeans? It was because of money.  It funded their Islamic cause.  This all means that once again, the most divisive tool used against us was once again, religion. Let me explain.

Western society is built upon ideology. They come together based upon beliefs like the belief that “all people are free”, that “all people are Children of God”, or that “all men are created equal.” Again, notice that I said belief, which means that it is subject to individual interpretation, and not knowing. This erroneous belief sets-up the idea of Divine Right to rule others. In other words, the reason you are able to oppress others is because allegedly God favors you, your cause, etc., hence privilege.  I hope you see where I am going with this because this is what I call New World belief.

Traditional African societies like the Kemetic and other indigenous societies that followed afterward, are based upon the knowing that we are all Children of God.  This means that regardless of what you believe or do, you are still a child of God and respected as such. This perspective obliterates the whole Divine Right and puts everyone on equal footing.  This is basically is what we can refer to as an Old-World belief.

So, imagine if there were two guys fighting and each of them represented the perspective thoughts. The guy from the New World thought would believe that God fights for him, while the guy with the Old-World belief would just believe in himself.  New World thought focuses on world conquest.

Think about it. If the Moors had knowledge of the Americas prior to Christopher Columbus, then why did Europeans call the Americas the New World? It is obvious that it was because the Christians and Moors saw it as an opportunity to create an Egyptian-like society based upon oppressing others.

From a spiritual perspective the New World thinkers are the Moors and the Christians who worked together to destroy the Old-World thinkers or non-Muslims and non-Christians.

The facts reveal that the Moors worked with the Europeans and Arabs to enslave other Africans because they did not see themselves as Africans. They saw Africans as non-Muslims, just like the Arabs and later the Christians who saw the Africans as non-Christians, which meant according to biblical and koranic law, the Africans were uncivilized and had to forcefully be converted to Christianity and/or Islam.

So, correction, Africans did not sell each other into slavery.  It was the Africans who converted to Islam and later Christianity that sold Africans into slavery.

They all participated in the enslavement in order to stamp out Old World thinkers.

This popular dish still eaten in Cuba today called Moros con Cristianos (Moors and Christians) commemorates the partnership between the two groups to eradicate the Old World thinkers.  The black beans were not meant to symbolize black people but the Moors.  Racism based upon skin color did not evolve until later.

The Europeans from the beginning saw all of the Africans as slaves based upon their skin color.  They did not care if they were Muslim or not. They simply took advantage of the Moor’s self-hatred and eventually got rid of them as a middleman (the Moors).

The maiming and mistreatment of African people was perpetrated by Moors, Christians and Muslims because they represented the Old World views and were seen as less than human or “uncivilized.” It should now become clear why the terrorizing of descendants of Africans continues to this day by the same groups.

This is the reason the great historian John H. Clarke did not favor the Moors or Muslims and believed that the Moors, Muslims and Christians would direct us back into a form of slavery.

Why Kemet?

When the Portuguese stepped foot in the Kongo-Angolan region and began teaching Christianity. There was a group of Kongolese who wanted to maintain their Kongo tradition and continue to express their spiritual beliefs from their cultural perspective. Europeans interpreted the syncretistic  attitude of the Kongo people as a refusal to convert to Christianity. This is cultural misunderstanding is how African spirits like Lubaniba and Eshu became associated with the devil when there is no devil in African thinking. Here we see the first sign of Eurocentrism.

Since these Africans were seen as refusing to convert to Christianity wholeheartedly, the Spanish called them judios (pronounced in Spanish as hoo-dy-oh).  Today, in Cuba there is a Kongo based religion called Las Reglas de Palo or Palo for short, where there are some followers who are called Palo Judio (Jewish Palo) because they do not include any catholic imagery in their tradition.

One of the traditions that closely resembles the Palo religion (note resembles is not the same) is African American hoodoo. It is a documented fact that although the hoodoo tradition is a conglomerate of African beliefs and practices combined with Native American and European influence, the core is Kongo-Angolan base. This is the reason it is believed that the term hoodoo is a corruption of the Spanish term Judio, referring to the fact that those who practiced the tradition refused to convert to Christianity like the Jews in biblical times, hence Old World versus New World.  Keep in mind that African Americans themselves, until recently, never used the word hoodoo to describe their tradition, which means that the word is not of African origin. Just like the Palo Judio is not an African term but one initially meant to demonize the Old-World believers and thus justify their mistreatment.  This would also explain the reason hoodoo was deemed evil and defined as a Negro superstitious, cursing tradition.

Not only that, there were other indigenous African societies that existed throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, which means that the true stewards of the Kemetic culture are the indigenous Africans known as the BaKongo, Yoruba, Fon, Akan and so on. Let me say it again, the true descendants of the Kemetic people were scattered throughout Sub-Sahara Africa are the stewards of the Kemetic teachings. The problem is that many people are ashamed of those traditional African beliefs and ideas. To this day, people love to talk about how the Haitians defeated the French, Spanish and Americans but refuse to mention that it was through Vodou. Some people love to talk about the Kemetic people but refuse to mention that the Kemetic people had ushabti (a Kemetic version of an nkisi) and practiced all forms of magic that can be found throughout Sub-Sahara Africa and the rest of the Afro-Diaspora.

When we understand this from a spiritual perspective we see that Old World thinkers were beating the New World thinkers because they had an in depth understanding of the mind. The Kemetic people and their descendants put it that work to develop themselves but the New World thinkers did not. What Old World thinkers did is what people call voodoo, which is really the science of the Spirit.

Once again, if we study Kemetic lore from a metaphysical and metaphorical perspective we find that the Kemetic people prophesized this and allegorized it in the Story of Osar. Osar metaphorically speaking represents the Old-World ways and Set the New World.

In the Kemetic tradition, Set is not evil per se but does evil things because he also represents a new way of thinking. Osar symbolizes old traditions but also outdated traditions that have fallen.  Hru represents the best of the old and the new.  Set  was a powerful war spirit but when unchecked went haywire.

So, why Kemetic spirituality?

Kemet was the greatest and longest standing African civilization.  Although we cannot imitate and mimic the Kemetic tradition perfectly, the concepts and principles that the Kemetic people laid down in stone, are relevant then as they are relevant now.  When these concepts and principles are applied with love, understanding and a true appreciation for the African spirit. They are empowering, which is why when I step before my het (spiritual altar) and see my nine glasses dedicated to my spirits.  It is a visual reminder of my history, where I come from and who is the enemy. I am reminded that what made Kemet great is that metaphorically speaking nine tribes united together to oust Set. Therefore, it is our unity that that will empower us and bring an end to the Setian systems created against us. My het is a combination of both the Old and New World thinking.

Again, the purpose of this post is not to offend but to set the record straight and help us to see that the only philosophy that has improved our life as a people, are the ones based upon the cosmology of the Divine.

Hope that helps.

Hetep

The KAMTA Primer: A Practical Shamanic Guide for using Kemetic Ritual, Magick and Spirituality for Acquiring Power Available at 1solalliance.com and Amazon.





Three Powerful Ways to Use the Kemetic Kongo Cross for Spiritual Healing

10 11 2018

Hetepu (Peace & Blessings) Family.

When the Africans were kidnapped and brought to the Americas, contrary to popular belief, the Africans taken to North America did not lose their culture. What the Africans taken to North America loss was the philosophy and theology behind their cultural practices, which regressed into a superstition.Never Forget

“Superstition” Luisah Teish author of Jambalaya: The Natural Woman’s Book of Personal Charms and Practical Rituals defines as “…a belief or practice whose origin and context has been lost to us and/or is in conflict with the beliefs of the dominating culture”.

So when I learned that the first Africans brought to the Americas and North America were from the Kongo-Angolan region, and that remnants of their culture survived through slavery such as: 1) the cultural practice of placing images of deceased loved ones in the western direction of the home; 2) the belief that ancestors visit us in our dreams and reincarnate as “old souls” through our children; and. 3) Most African Americans have a common understanding of the crossroad concept, and much more.  I was very excited to learn about the Kongo religion in hopes of learning about my loss heritage.

Kongo Cross used for Ventilation during Underground Railroad at First African Baptist Church in Savannah, Georgia.

But, because the Kongo-Angolan people were the first of the Africans to be brought to the Americas, their region was also the most devastated through slavery, imperialism and later ravaged by various civil wars. Consequently, this meant that most of the Old Kongo cultural beliefs were either lost and/or obsolete.

Thankfully, understanding that the Kongo-Angolan people were Bantu speaking people and that the Bantu or Ba-Ntu migrated from Kemet, helped me to understand my ancestral heritage from a more profound perspective. Through one-ton-one correspondence between the Kemetic and Kongo traditions I discovered a cosmogram, which became known as the Maa Aankh.

Maa Aankh with Utchat

The Maa Aankh cosmogram is based upon the remnants of the Bantu-Kongo spirituality that survived in North America that has been syncretized with Kemetic (Ancient Egyptian) philosophy.  Like most cosmograms or medicine wheels, the Maa Aankh can be interpreted in numerous ways. The general understanding is that our universe is composed of two worlds or two lands and they are: above the imperfect world of the living called TASETT (the Red Lands or the Land of Set/Set-an and Ku Nseke in KiKongo), and below. The perfect world of dead called KAMTA (the Black Lands also known as the Land or Kingdom of Osar/Osiris, hence the Underworld and Ku Mpemba/the Land of White in KiKongo). These two lands are divided by a thin veil called Nyun, but are bridged together through Maa.

Surrounding these two lands are four discs symbolizing the four attributes of Ra (the Life Force) and the four moments of the Sun: Khepe Ra (Sunrise or Kala in KiKongo), Ra (Midday or Tukula in KiKongo), Ra Atum (Sunset or Luvemba in KiKongo) and Amun Ra (Midnight or Musoni in KiKongo).

The Four Ras also signify:

  • The Evolution of the Soul: Khepera (Sunrise/Birth), Ra (Midday/Life), Ra Atum (Sunset/Death) and Amun Ra (Midnight/Rebirth)
  • The Four Directions: Khepera (East), Ra (North), Ra Atum (West) and Amun Ra (South)
  • The Four Seasons: Khepera (Spring), Ra (Summer), Ra Atum (Fall) and Amun Ra (Winter)
  • The Four Elements: Khepera (Air), Ra (Fire), Ra Atum (Earth), and Amun Ra (Water)
  • The Four Phases of Life: Khepera (intellectual), Ra (physical), Ra Atum (emotional) and Amun Ra (spiritual)
  • The Four Stages of Life: Khepera (infancy), Ra (adolescences), Ra Atum (elder-hood) and Amun Ra (ancestors)
  • The Four Temperaments/Humors: Khepera (Black Bile), Ra (Blood), Ra Atum (Yellow Bile) and Amun Ra (Phlegm)
  • The Four Sons of Hru (Heru or Horus): Khepera (Tuamatef protects the stomach and guide the dead), Ra (Hapi protects the lungs and navigated the dead), Ra Atum (Qebehsenuf protects the intestines and refreshed the dead) and Amun Ra (Amset protects the liver and was used to revive the corpse of the dead.)

And there are other correlations that can be made as well such as the stages of consciousness,  family dynamics, etc. but to mention them all would take us beyond the scope of this post.

The center of the Maa Aankh represents a culmination of one’s spiritual and physical gifts, one’s physical and spiritual balance, and/or one’s ability to ascend from the Four Ra to an enlightened position in the center.

Therefore, there are numerous ways you can use the Maa Aankh all depending on what feels right to you.  However, below are three powerful ways that I have benefited from the Maa Aankh.

The Maa Aankh as a Guide for Spiritual Progress

The Right Eye of Ra (Also known as the Solar Eye corresponds to literal and physical sight.)

The Right Eye of Ra (Also known as the Solar Eye corresponds to literal and physical sight.)

“Live in the moment” and “Understand your past, so you can determine your future” are all relevant sayings when it comes to contemplating on the moments of the Maa Aankh.  To perform this simple exercise simply think about which moment resonates with you the most and your spiritual spiritual progress. For instance, whenever I begin to see a lot of problems (financial, health, family, career, etc.) occurring in my life. Depending on the severity, I can look on the Maa Aankh and see that I am entering the Ra Moment.  Since the Ra Moment corresponds to the youthfulness or adolescences, which is fully of rashness and folly.  The Ra Moment signifies where most of our problems occur due to social conditionings, peer pressure and the lack of spiritual insight or wisdom, hence the Right Eye of Ra.  Therefore, during this time I am reminded that I need to seek wisdom and spiritual insight or an oracle as signified by the polar opposite to get a full or holistic picture.  (The polar opposite of the Ra Moment is the Amun Ra Moment).

 

The Maa Aankh as a Crossroad

The Maa Aankh naturally symbolizes two intersecting points thus making a crossroad where two worlds meet.  From this perspective, the Maa Aankh can be found anywhere because it represents where the known (TASETT) meets the unknown (KAMTA).  For instance, the Maa Aankh can be found where a town meets the forest/woods, the city meets the cemetery or the city meets a park, a beach shore meets the ocean, your home meets the outside of your home, and even psychologically where your subconscious meets your Superconscious.  Therefore, the threshold between these two “lands” is the powerful center, which can be used to say your prayers, to meditate, place offerings such as candles and/or express your gratitude.  Simply draw or trace it on the ground and use it as you feel.

The Maa Aankh as a Spiritual Guide

However, I personally prefer to use the Maa Aankh as a spiritual guide alongside the Story of Osar based upon African tribal history, metaphysics and spiritualism.

To understand this perspective we need to go back to a time before Kemet was a united kingdom and consisted of warring tribes. From this perspective, the Story of Osar is not a mythological legend consisting of numerous gods and goddesses, but a metaphorical story between two opposing tribal leaders.

According to legend, before Kemet was united into one kingdom, it was divided into two regions and governed by two brothers:  Upper Kemet in the southern region was symbolized by the white Hedjet crown and governed by the eldest brother Osar.  While Lower Kemet or the northernmost part of the region, which was symbolized by the red Deshret crown was ruled by the youngest brother Set.

Now, at the time when these two chieftain ruled, the people of Kemet were constantly at war with one another. Until one day Osar dreamt of ways of uniting the two lands into one country, which led him to developing spiritual teachings (or some say a religion).  After applying these teachings, Osar traveled the country teaching all of his countrymen how to live in peace with one another, and the science of agriculture, which he learned from his wife/sister Oset (Isis). Consequently, the teachings of Osar spread like wildfire and in a relatively short time, brothers ceased warring with one another.  Osar later became king and he was loved by everyone for unifying the two lands and bringing peace and prosperity to the region. All were grateful to Osar except for Set, who was so envious of Osar that he plotted and killed the first king of Kemet, then usurped the throne. 

Everyone feared Set’s tyrannical rule except for Oset (Aset) who fled and magically conceived Osar’s heir, Hru.  When Hru came of age, he challenged Set for the throne but was unable to defeat his father’s youngest brother. Then, in one critical battle, Set managed to gouge Hru’s eye, thereby forcing the young prince to barely escape with his life.  Hru fled to see his father’s old friend and vizier Djahuti, who repaired the young prince’s left eye perfectly.

The Left Eye of Ra (also called the Lunar Eye corresponds to intuition and spiritual sight, hence insight.)

The next time Hru engaged in battle with Set, he swiftly and quickly defeated him and forced his uncle to surrender.  Even after being defeated militarily Set, refused to yield and campaigned against Hru by claiming that he was not Osar’s legitimate heir.  As a result, the campaign was so successful that a tribunal was convened to decide who would rule the kingdom, but after hearing the both sides.  The tribunal still could not come to a decision for some favored Hru while others ruled in favor of Set. Finally, Djahuti made it possible for Osar to speak from beyond the grave.  After which Osar verified that Hru was his heir and encouraged the tribunal to rule truthfully because he established a kingdom in the Underworld where he was now the head judge.  Upon hearing Osar’s testimony the tribunal ruled in Hru’s favor and awarded him the white and red Pschent crown.

There are numerous ways that this story can be interpreted but my understanding of the Story based upon the Maa Aankh is that: 1) Hru defeated Set in battle because he had his spiritual eye repaired, and. 2) Hru reclaimed his inheritance because of his ancestor, Osar.

Therefore, the Maa Aankh can be used as a spiritual guide for working with one’s ancestors and spirits. It indicates that the relationship between the living and the dead should be more like a business partnership, where both the living and the spirits benefit. The Maa Aankh explains the difference between the living and the spirits of the dead by indicating that the living are limited because of the physical laws of time and space. Meaning although we can experience life (eating food, pleasures of friendship, sex, etc.), our physical bodies are a trap that prevent us growing spiritually, because we cannot see beyond the physical. Hence the reason we have so many problems in our life is because we lack insight and wisdom, and must rely solely upon our intellect and what we have previously learned.

On the flip side, since the spirits of the dead have the ability to see anything and everything because they are not limited by the physical laws of time and space due to not having a physical body.  However, the lack of a physical body prevents them from truly experiencing life and thus spiritually growing.

However, by forming an alliance or partnership between the living and the spirit of the dead, the living are able to use the insight and wisdom of the spirit of the dead to improve their life, while the spirit of the dead are able to use the physical body of the living to spiritually evolve.  In other words, neither the living or the spirit of the dead are more superior than the other. Both, the living and the spirit of the dead are on equal footing are suppose to profit the relationship, hence the relationship between Hru and Osar.

By using the Maa Aankh as a spiritual guide for working with spirits, we can see that many (if not most) of the spirits that give churchgoers the “gift of the Holy Ghost” via speaking-in-tongues, etc. are really trickster spirits taking advantage of peoples’ ignorance. Proof that these are trickster spirits can be seen in the fact that no true wisdom or spiritual power is being offered, which is the reason as soon as people leave Sunday worship they lose their Holy Ghost and return to their ill-behavior ways.  Another sign that trickster spirits are leeching off of uninformed churchgoers is that the physical church is steadily growing while communities they serve are steadily seeking in despair.

At the same time, benevolent spirits of the dead will only approach the living if they believe that they can profit from the relationship and offer spiritual insight in return. This is the reason everyone does not have a La Madama or Uncle/Nkisi (Bucket) spirit guide. By using the Maa Aankh as a spiritual guide, you are able to set the rule between you and your spirits that your relationship is basically a “quid pro quo” meaning “I give you something and expect to get something in return (because that’s Maa)”. Therefore, every time you pray, meditate or do a ritual, you should make an offering in return.

The Double Pschent Crown

The Double White & Red Pschent Crown

When you are working with a higher spirits you will sense flashes of insight as if suddenly the “light is coming on”, which symbolizes the white Hedjet crown of Osar.

It was through working with my ancestors in this manner that I learned that Osar corresponds to the Superconscious or Higher Self and Set to our subconscious or lower self.

So, these are some of the ways that I have truly benefitted from using the Maa Aankh. Hopefully, these methods can help you in your spiritual road as well.

Hetepu





I Was A God Before I Was a Berber, Muslim, Moor, Christian, Hebrew, Alien, etc.

17 04 2018

Hetepu (Peace & Blessings) Family.

I have been asked by a lot of Family on some of the claims that we were originally Moors, Muslims and/or Hebrews, Alien, Atlantean (Atlantis), etc. prior to being brought to the Americas.  Previously, I would shun away from these discussions because personally I could never see how any of it was practical and could empower me and my loved ones. I respect everyone’s beliefs and ideas, and if something works for you, so be it.  But I have had trolls try their best to sabotage this Kemetic spiritual movement, by posting all sorts of unchecked facts and ridiculing the sacrifices that our ancestors have made for the liberties we have. It is sad, that these individuals prefer to waste the opportunities that our ancestors had sacrifice for us to have by standing on the corner and shouting out rhetoric or troll sites focused on true empowerment. So, here is what I have learned and really why I believe many of these people who claim to be conscious do not want us to know about the truth about Traditional African Culture.

The Moorish Christian War

Before we begin, the Moors is the term that was used to describe those African, Arabs and Europeans who converted to Islam.  They were originally called Berbers which is an ancient Egyptian word meaning “outlander.” Initially the Berbers were called Mauri because they were inhabitants of the Roman colony Mauretania Caesariensis which later became Mauritius. This area consisted primarily of modern Algeria, Morocco, Libya, Tunisia and Mauritania, which is the reason the people were called Mauri.  The Greek name for this Berber tribe was Maurusi.  The Spaniards however referred to them as Morenos, the Portuguese said Mouros, while the English simply called them Moors.

Now, the Moors were the custodians of the Kemetic spiritual sciences after Kemet had fallen and they used this knowledge to build the Moorish Empire.  The Moorish Empire included Spain, Portugal, and Sicily.  The Moors ruled Spain from around 700 A.D. and were the ones responsible for bringing Europe, out of the “Dark Ages.”

But everyone was not happy with the Moors because unbeknownst to them.  There was a plot by the Christian Europeans (Spaniards, Italians and the French) to rid Spain of them and around 1482, they succeeded. It is not exactly known why the Europeans wanted to rid themselves of the Moors because during this time Europeans were not color conscious as they are today, and the Moors were seen as their saviors.  However, it is believed that it was due to the Moorish strict Islamic laws. Europe, you will recall was in poverty and the cheapest meat at that time was pork, but under Moorish law they could not consume it. So, it is possible that the coup d’état was driven by European hunger.  Whatever the case, to celebrate the expulsion of the Moors, the people ate pork. To this day, Spain is known for its special breed of pork from Iberia. Another popular Spanish celebration to commemorate the expulsion of the Moors is the Running of the Bulls, thus indicating through symbolism that Moorish rule was most likely viewed by most Europeans as being cruel and tyrannical. This would also explain the reason why similar traditions were created in other Spanish controlled areas such as bull fighting in Mexico.

In fact, most (if not all) the carnival celebrations began to commemorate the expulsion of the Moors and the acceptance of Roman Catholicism, which is the reason these celebrations continue to this day in territories that have a high concentration of Spanish and Portuguese influences and are Catholic. In most of these carnivals, the antagonist was always portrayed as black in color to symbolize the Moors.

It wouldn’t be long after that other Europeans unfamiliar with the Moorish and Christian war would join in and see the black antagonist and assume it was about all black people. In fact, many of the blacks in Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominica and even the Mardi Gras Indians who were aware of the racist undertone changed the carnival theme to celebrate their collaboration with the Amerindians to end of slavery.

Upon defeating the Moors, the Spaniards gave them two alternatives which was to either return to Islamic countries where they came from or denounce their faith, accept Christianity.  While some stayed, most of the Moors settled in Morocco where they along with Arab traders participated in the Arab-Slave trade, which enslaved Africans throughout the Sahara and continues to this day.

The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

After the Spaniards expelled the Moors, they took their sciences, maps and information about navigation to come to what they called the New World. Again, the question that we must ask is why? Historical records indicate that the Europeans began exploring because of the lack of food. Europe remember was in the “Dark Ages” and there was a severe food shortage because Europe was cut off from the Asian Silk Road.  The Italian Christopher Columbus was bankrolled by the Spaniards and when he set sail, he was trying to reach Japan but landed in the Americas in 1492.  Upon his arrival, Columbus called the people Indian because he was looking for Asia.  Another interesting fact that should be remembered is that after the Europeans came to the Americas, potatoes, corn, tomatoes, and beans, which are all foodstuff native to the Americas became widely available, thus verifying that it was a lack of resources.

As imagined, the Spaniards greatly profited from their exploration, which attracted the attention of the neighbors, the Portuguese who were also once under the Moorish influence.  When the Portuguese set sail, they were initially just exploring and found their way to West Africa so that they could create trade to improve their country’s lot.  Around 1483 the Portuguese encountered the BaKongo in the Kongo-Angolan region.  Astonished by the European technology and culture, the ruling Kongo king converted to Christianity and declared the new faith the state religion. Later, he established a treaty with the Portuguese, which opened the doors for the transatlantic slave trade.

By 1494, the Portuguese had established a strong foothold in West Africa and were regularly trading Africans whom they had captured along the coast.  However, Portuguese traders were enslaving every African they came across and totally breaking the treaty rules. Now, how did the Portuguese know to go to West Africa for slaves? They saw the Moors do it because it was a regular practice to enslave anyone who was not a Moslem, which included the Africans who were initially enslaved first by Arab traders. The Portuguese were attracted to this lucrative industry and their involvement turn it to a global trade.

With the Spanish dominating the Americas and the Portuguese controlling West Africa, an agreement was reached between the two countries. Consequently, the first Africans who were enslaved and taken to the Americas were obviously the people from the Kongo region, which is the reason the Kongo influence in Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, and Jamaica is so prevalent. The first Africans taken to North America were also from the Kongo-Angolan region.  All of these people were captured and sold between the Portuguese and Spaniards.

By the time the other European countries got involved in the slave trade, the war between the Moors and Christians had been long forgotten. The Dutch, French and British simply saw the slave trade as a means to grow their respective country’s wealth.  As a result, all the people with black and brown skinned were seen as primitive Africans and were treated as such.  When these European countries entered the trade, they abducted entire communities, which is the reason we find an extensive number of Yoruba people in Brazil and Cuba, Dahomeans and Fons in Haiti, Akans in Jamaica and so on.

Therefore, it is a myth that most of the slaves brought to the Americas were Moslem.  If this were the case, Islam would have been a thriving religion throughout the Americas but it was not.  Another common myth that some people use to encourage us to join Islam (or some version of it), is based upon Alex Haley’s Roots, which claims that many of the Africans brought to North America were Moslems. Again, the late Bro. Dick Gregory stated that this story was completely fictional.  Some will even state that Joseph Cinqué (c. 1814 – c. 1879) also known as Sengbe Pieh, which the film Amistad was based upon shows that most of the Africans were Moslems, but this is not the case. Also, it should be noted that according to some researchers, when Cinqué returned to Africa he engaged in the trade of slaves according to missionary letters that author William A. Owens, claimed to have.

For the record there were Jewish African who were captured and enslaved as well but they are catching worse hell. Again, were they all Hebrews? Not hardly and using the bible (especially that whole descendants of Ham theory) to justify our presence is a mute point.  Considering the fact that Noah did not curse Ham/Kham or Kem but he cursed Canaan but it ridiculous to even debate this considering the fact that Noah was not even real. The whole Noah Ark story is a colorful metaphor that people have been interpreting literally for hundreds of years. Get real. I would rather embrace a story that verifies my divinity then, someone else’s servant as we have been reduced to by referring to us as Hebrews, Gentiles., etc.  How about call us by the name our Kemetic ancestors called us, “NUK OSAR (I AM GOD).”

Now, lets be clear.  Were there Muslim who were enslaved and taken to the Americas? Absolutely.  Proof of this can be seen in American blues music when compared to Malian music.  Another example of the Islamic influence can be seen in the Afro-Cuban religion Palo Mayombe, where the common greeting is Sala Melecum, Melecum Sala which is the Creolized As Salim Alikum.  But the Palo Mayombe religion is not Islamic, it is very Kongo and is based upon the Kongo Cross (shown below).

The Kongo Cross

There is also an Islamic influence in the Creolized Caribbean Spiritism traditions as well, which verifies that were African Moslems but these traditions do not have a strong Islamic influence.

They have a strong Kongo and Yoruba influence, not Hebrew, not Muslim, etc. Even in North America, Kongo artifacts such as Kongo cosmogram used in the Underground Railroad have been found, not any Islamic or Jewish artifacts.  It was based upon this understanding that led me to see how these Kongo concepts and principles have their roots in Kemet via the Maa Aankh, thus reclaiming our ancestral theology that was lost during slavery.

So, why are all of these people say that we were Muslims, Hebrew or some other fallen and forgotten people?

It is for two reasons:

First), many people say and repeat these myths because they have been succumbed by the erroneous belief that we lost our culture, when in fact. We did not lose our culture, we lost the philosophy and theology behind our culture. Many of our elders have been doing libations, setting plates and honoring our ancestors without even knowing why. If you go to any Black Church, you will see proof that our culture survived.

The Second reason people continue to repeat this myth is because in the minds of most, Africans were and are primitive people living in grass huts.  Traditional African culture is viewed by many as backwards to the point that many are simply ashamed of it.  It is for this reason, contemporary Africans migrating to the U.S. and Europe will not even claim to believe in ancestors or spirits.  Simply put, it is more acceptable and reputable to say that we are Moslem, some distant Jewish people or some other group then, it is to say that we are Yoruba, Akan, Fon, Kongo, or other African people who practice a form of Vodun beliefs.  These so-called “conscious men” do everything within their poser to distance themselves from traditional Africa, which is why you will hear they call Africa terms like Akubulan and Asia, thus claiming we are Asiatic or Afro-Asiatic. If the truth be told, the original names of Africa were Kemet, Kush and Aethiopia. This is what the Greeks called it when they encountered the people from this region but that’s besides the point.  The point is that by claiming we are all of these other labels, we are simply embracing another form of self-hatred.  Let me say it again, all of these labels are another form of SELF-HATRED, pure and simple.

I do not claim any of these labels. I do not even claim to be Kemetic.  For record keeping purposes and for the sake of this discussion, I claim to be an Afrikan in America. All of these people claiming to be this or that are afraid to be God, so they settle for being a Child of God. Not me. My African ancestors created a culture to cultivate our divinity and it was dispersed throughout Sub-Sahara Africa among traditional African people. It was this slavery foolishness and all of these other foreign influences that disrupted our progress as a people. By embracing of the traditional African spirituality, we are able to pick up where we left off.

The question that we should ask is why these people do not want us to claim our traditional African heritage and why do they use the bible, koran or some other “holy” book to justify what they are saying?

It is because of two reasons:

First, they do not want to empower women, which are the critical factors to our spiritual and physical liberation.

Because we live in a male-dominant society, when it comes to Kemet or any other indigenous culture, we always hear about the great men warriors and priests.  But, the first priests of Kemet were actually women, just like the early shamans around the world were women. If you go back and read Greek history you will find that they always talked about the great oracle of Apollo, Delphi, etc. but, what they do not tell you is that the oracles were usually women. Not only that, most of the slave revolts that occurred in the Americas were incited and initially led by women. Women were highly valued in traditional African societies because of their psychic skills, which allowed them to foresee the future.  Hence the importance of Oset (Aset, Auset, Isis), who is honored as the Divine Mother who nurses and births the nation.

Oset and Hru

Understand. We all have psychic abilities, which for most people are in a latent state, but women psychic skills are a little bit more active then most. Most of these male-chauvinistic religions take advantage of women psychic abilities by using their psychic energies just to draw in more devotees and parishioners to make a select few money. Once you have money, you basically have power to do whatever you want. This is reason you do not see any women imans, women rabbis, etc. in these male-dominated religions because they do not want a woman in a position of power.

This is not the case in traditional Afro-Diaspora religions and traditions because women are recognized as a vital part of the whole. In traditional African women are the opposite of the male puzzle necessary for creating life both physically and spiritually. They are the Tefnut to Shu, the Yin to Yang.  A woman with spiritual discipline was highly prized in Africa because through these women psychic abilities, African nations were able to change the course of war.  Remember, the Zulu king, Shaka kaSenzangakhona also known as Shaka Zulu, was guided by an elderly woman, whom European writers said was a spooky witch doctor, but this was all a ploy to discourage the Zulus from embracing their spirituality.

The second reason they want us to forget it so that they can use it for themselves. 

Anyone who has read and studied history knows that the “enemy” is big on culture appropriation. We have seen this with our music, artistic expression, religious beliefs and practices.  Historically what happens is that as soon as we get tired of something because it has been demonized, we abandon it and the culture vultures claim it, flip it and use it to empower them and further oppress us.  This attack on our ancestral spirituality has already began in Haiti where Vodun is the official religion where people are abandoning it and embracing Christianity to escape the stigma.  The same attack is being waged throughout the Afro-Latin America such as in Brazil and Venezuela.

Basically, “they” know that traditional African religions (ATR) and traditional African derived systems/practices (ADS) work. They have known about this for years, which is the reason they continue to demonize them in order to discourage us from returning back to them. Claiming that we were ancient Jews, Muslims, Berbers, Moors, Aliens, people from Atlantis, whatever, are all distractions to discourage us from rediscovering that we are God.   I have yet to see any of these holy books that were written tell me I am God because we as a race of people are older than all of these holy books that these people keep citing.

There is only one holy book that I know of, which they do not want us to read, that tells us “You are a God,” and it is the Pert em Hru (the so-called Egyptian Book of the Dead).  This is the only holy book I am interested in so that I can remind my wife, “Babe, You are a God” and we can instill in our child, “Honey, you are a God.” So, that when we get into a bind, we can invoke our divine powers within and create change.

This is the purpose of spirituality. It is not get out of one religion and join another dogmatic religion. It is to remind yourself who you are, so when these people claim that we are this and that. Know that they are repeating the same rhetoric that was told them because they do not know who they are and are afraid to embrace their divinity.

Hetepu





Why Mimicking Kemet Does Not Work

12 10 2017

Hetepu (Peace & Blessings) Family.

One day when I had started this whole journey I was called to jury duty. Like most people, I tried my best to get out of it but there was no escape. I had to go, so on Tuesday I got a book and headed downtown to the courthouse. When I arrived, one of the bailiffs told everyone who was waiting that we could have a seat in one or two rooms, while they went through the jury selection process.  I decided to go into the waiting room that did not have a TV, so I could read. When I went inside, there was a guy looked like he was in his mid-30s reading a book.  He looked up and saw me, and we nodded at each other and sat down I opened my book.

About 15 or 30 minutes into my book, the guy next to me noticing that the title of my book had the word Kemetic, asked what I was reading. I told him the title and he flashed the cover of his book, which was about the kabbalah system. From that moment, we started talking about the various esoteric systems, history and spiritual development.

Around noon, the baliff came in and told us that we could take a lunch but not to go too far because they are conducting jury selections. So, me and this brother went to the cafeteria and continued talking about everything we had learned. When we got to the cafeteria, he paid for my lunch so that we could continue talking. Then, as we’re eating he asked me how I was doing on my physical. By physical he meant, my money, my daily exercises, my sleep, etc.

I told him, “Well, I am okay. I can be a little better” and then he said something that changed my life. He told me that he was not 30 but actually 52 years old. He mentioned that the other day, he beat his 16 year old son in a 100 yard dash. Looking at him in total amazement, he explained how he exercised and it was HIIT (High-intensity interval training) before HIIT was ever discovered and mentioned.

Then, he asked me, “Can I be honest with you?” I told him to go ahead, and then he began to tell me some hard truths. He told me that I was working the spiritual thing properly and that my understanding in history was coming along great, but my physical was weak. He said, “If you look at the Ancient Egyptian wall carvings. You will not see overweight or malnourished Ancient Africans. They were fit people…”

Astonished by his acute observation but his wisdom still was flying over my head, I said, “Well I try to exercise and stay on top of things.”

Seeing that I was not totally grasping what he was saying he said, “No little brother. What I am saying is that the reason the Kemetic people were able to accomplish so much is because they did not have to worry about their physical.”

As soon as he finished the sentence, the light bulb came on and I said, “You’re right! The Nile River provided the Kemetic people with everything they needed to nourish themselves, which allowed them to focus on other issues like the mysteries of the universe. “

“That’s right! So, are you doing the same?”

The answer of course was no, and with that he said, “That’s where the problem lies.”

The message was simple, deep and shook me to the core because at the time I was really about mimicking the Kemetic way of life. Technically speaking, the Kemetic people never had a religion because they were attuned with Nature (NTR). They had always believed in the existence of One Supreme Being years before the heretic king Akhenaten was born and promoted his Atenism movement but even then. The people were still attuned with nature and it was this way of life that was spiritual. They learned how to trust their Higher Self, it was the Jews, Christians, Arabs and the Moors, who refused to develop themselves spiritually that gave birth to what we call today religion. Then, shortly after, the bailiff came in and told us that we were free to go because the case had been settled out of court.

I thanked him for dinner and the stimulating conversation. I exchanged phone numbers and I went my separate way. Then, it hit me that he was wearing a reddish (burgundy) sweater, I met him on Tuesday at the courthouse and all of this occurred around 12 Noon.  There were all signs that I was talking to an incarnation of Kemetic warrior spirit Hru Aakhuti. In other words, Hru Aakhuti was monitoring my progress and decided to pay me a visit by giving me some advice on things that I should be doing.

I remember that I was sort of weirded out when I realized this but then I remembered that there were numerous biblical stories of how angels appeared, but I never experienced this until I stopped being religious.

The funny thing is that when I called this guy a few days later, he seriously acted as if he did not know me. However, the message he told me stayed with me to this day. It is because of what he said, I believe that the reason it so difficult to come up with new ideas and solutions. Is because many of us are in survival mode, which the Kemetic people in general never faced. To add to this dilemma, the reason many of us are in survival mode is because of post slavery conditionings. This is the reason I could no longer mimic what the Kemetic people because they don’t know my struggle.

For the record, please understand that I am not religious bashing.  I know there are numerous paths that have led us to be at this point, but we have to see the facts for what they are. We have to accept the fact that none of the religions that we have subscribed to have improve our lot.  They have all further divided us because they are all misinterpretations and/or perversions of our Nilotic ancestors teachings used against us.  This is the reason it is silly to mimic someone else’s interpretation of what our ancestors did.  Our ancestors worked with their ancestors and trusted their intuition, which is what we need to get back to doing.

The good news is that I found solace in knowing that they were near and had not abandoned me. I also found solace in understanding that the importance of meditation, divination and rituals, is to get us to that peaceful mind state that our Nilotic ancestors had that led them not to worry about where their food was going to come from. In other words, the concepts and principles are still applicable and with them we can change our world. What we need to understand is that the last thing we need is another religion to teach us how to be children of God. All we need to do is to listen to our higher Self and reclaim our divinity.

Hetep