ARF INTRODUCTORY NOTES ON KHEMETOLOGY

 

When you think of the civilization of ancient Khemet (Egypt) what comes  to mind are pyramids, sphinxes, temples and ruins. These are remnants of a civilization the kind of which cannot be found on planet earth today. It is said that the deeper one goes into the antiquity of this grand civilization the more marvels are revealed; and that the foundations of our present civilizations are from those civilizations of antiquity. For example the 365 day calendar and the 12 divisions of the day and night, as well as, the astrological mapping of the heavens and our very alphabet and numerals used today are built on the same sciences that were born in ancient Khemet.

The central theme of the Khemetic civilization is their religion, which is generally referred to as the “Mystery System”. Sages who have deeper glimpses into the religion call it the religion of planet earth. Many cultures especially Europeans find it difficult to understand the apparent polytheism of the Khemetic religion; but for those who understand it in terms of One in All and All in One, they find no conflict in this paradox. In fact, the basic tenets or principles of the Khemetic spiritual system can be found in many of the religions of the world today, e. g., Judaism, Christianity and Islam invoke the powerful name "Amen" the Supreme God of Khemet at the end of prayers, but out of ignorance or hiding the truth, they translate it as ‘’so be it.’’

“The ancient Greek historian Herodotus writes: “The Egyptians are religious to excess beyond any other nation in the world...they are meticulous in everything which concerns their religion... It was only, if I may put it so, the day before yesterday that the Greeks came to know the origin and form of the various gods...The names of all the gods came to Greece form Egypt...for the names of all the gods have been known in Egypt from the beginning of time” (Freke & Gandy).

In order to appreciate the monotheism-polytheism paradox of the Khemetic religion, it may be helpful to view it this way. As in the physical world the energy of the universe is distributed into the matrix of atoms and molecules, so in the spiritual realm the energies of God and Its fragments are distributed in matrices of spirits. It is said that only the Whole is Absolute and fractions or parts that emanate from the Whole are relative. Just as in the physical world the elements and molecules play their distinctive roles in nature, e.g. some elements such as sodium, iron or nitrogen and some molecules such as proteins, salt or medicine play roles closely related to the needs of human beings, so also in the spiritual realm, there are energies or principles which we may call gods/goddesses or angels who play roles closely related to the needs of human beings; and since they emanate from God the Absolute they can only be relative to the Absolute Whole. This explains the aphorism: All in One and One in All.

In our study of Khemetology or Afrikan Classics we shall be dealing with some of the gods or goddesses, i.e. divine principles or energies that have direct bearings on our human existence on planet earth. We shall begin with the patron Neteru of the Afrikan Renaissance Foundation which are Tehuti who represents the Omniscience of God and Maat who represents Divine Law, Order and justice of God. We shall also introduce to you the great Mother Goddess Auset who represents the feminine principle in physical creation and in the spiritual realm.

 Source: Freke, Timothy & Gandy, Peter, THE HERMETICA: The Lost Wisdom of the Pharaohs, Tarcher/Putnam, New York, 1997, p. 18-19

 

"If Europeans studied Greco-roman classics

to spark the European Renaissance

Afrikans need to study true Afrikan Classics

(Khemetology)

to ignite the Afrikan Renaissance."

ARF

                     

  *Note: The word Khemet was the name the ancient Afrikans called their land meaning the “Land of the Blacks”. In his book Nile Valley Contributions to Civilizations, Anthony Browder states concisely that "Kemet was the strongest term used by the ancients in Pharaonic times to indicate blackness. It meant "coal black." The word Kemet (KMT), written in heiroglypic form, was represented by a block of wood which was charred on the end." The ancient Khemetic language was written without the  use of vowels, hence KMT. To pronounce it in modern language vowels are inserted so one can find many variations in the spellings. The Afrikan Renaissance Foundation has chosen to use the spelling ‘’Khemet’. Variant spellings of KMT include Kemit, Kamit, Khamit, and Kamaat. In his book Melanin: the Chemical Key to Black Greatness, Carol Barnes explains, ”the word KHEM KHM was used by ancient BLACKS a term to designate the people of their land. KHEM HAS BEEN MISINTERPRESENTED [INTENTIONALLY] by western scientists to mean “THE BLACK LAND” IN REFERENCE TO THE SOIL. [INSTEAD OF “LAND OF THE BLACKS”]

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