Since the close of Misra (the capital of Kemet located along the Nile River Valley), traditional Kemetic spirituality has lost a major portion of its followers to the Abrahamic beliefs that have not yet ceased their rampage. Long misperceived by many modern believers to be...Read Featured Post
For the past fifteen years, The Earth Center has offered the opportunity for interested and dedicated individuals to be initiated into the origins of their Ancestral culture at our locations around the world. Initiation is the traditional rite of passage by which human beings learn to be human beings, cautious of how they fit in existence/nature and function within their respective gender roles and responsibilities. In conjunction with traditional initiation and reconnecting people to their ancestral legacy, The Earth Center is also working to build bridges with indigenous cultures worldwide. This movement is bringing a form of revolution to the diaspora that is different from the methods that have been tried before.
In the last issue of The Rising Firefly, we began our exploration into the ancient Olmec civilization of Meso-America, albeit the last article pertaining to this topic and the information provided was from a purely academic perspective. There have been hundreds of books and essays published about the ancient Olmecs which attempt to give an in-depth view of the “mother culture” of the Americas. A culture which gave birth to the Maya, Aztec, Toltec, Inca and all indigenous American societies that we are aware of today.
Even though many ethnologists and anthropologists have written a lot about Gourmantche people and other African tribes, I would like to say that African religions are fundamentally the same from north to south and east to west. The basic African man, deeply refined in his beliefs and perception of humanity, became the historic victim of other people.
When we take a closer look at religions that were created in the last two millennia, we see that all their programs included causing fanaticism in the public and a period of fasting. Most of these religions define a fasting period as a time of devotion and sacrifice of the believer to his God. The reality is that, if fasting is defined as a sacrifice of the believer to his God, all year long would be declared a period of fasting.
Traditionally, the cowrie shell has a very specific meaning and history, but because many people who use cowries are not knowledgeable about the meaning and history that cowries carry, they are often misunderstood and misinterpreted. Cowrie shells are not meant to be mere fashion statements; they are serious spiritual items that deserve respect and honor.
Dreadlocks - sometimes simply called dreads, locks or dreadlocks - are entangled hairs that form only if they are left alone to grow naturally without the use of brushes, combs, razors or scissors. The first known examples of dreadlocks date back to Pharaonic Itoure (Nile Valley), where members of the royal family wore dreadlocked headgear.
The first mask in human history was the mask of Wsr (named Osiris by the Greeks), the God of the Dead. "The story surrounding the first mask begins with the understanding that a God can move from one world to another. Wsr, the God of the Dead, does just that - he moves from the world on Earth to the Kingdom of the Dead (Amentet) that he has created for the redemption of humanity. Every year, Wsr dies with the vegetation and then rises again, and this reality is what has given birth to the death and resurrection of the modern-day religions, such as Jesus," began Master Naba.
If there are sensitive subjects, this is one of them. This is not because we don’t want a perfect diet, but because there are interest groups in modern societies that understand that the best way to control a person or groups of people is to control their needs and the most important aspects of their lives. Thanks to this principle, every important aspect of human life, individual and societal, has fallen victim to the power game among forces striving to control society.
The human brain cannot invent. If this is your first time hearing of this concept, like me, you’re probably saying to yourself “yeah, right”. But really, think about it for a moment. Slow down for a second and think about everything that humanity has created, all of the inventions, all of the accomplishments. I will give you a minute to let it sink in……
The Dosso (Hunters) of West Africa have always been known as a community of the most disciplined men. They are the men who lived the most principled lives, respecting the laws of nature and living strictly by the customs of their Ancestors. They exemplify strength, courage and endurance and have chosen to live a life that represents suffering and challenge. It is this high level of quality that unifies these fearless hunters in a powerful brotherhood that for a long time has ignored the boundaries and new national identities imposed by the coloniser.
The Kola tree belongs to the Sterculiaceae family and is indigenous to West Africa. It is mostly found in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, and Nigeria, among other countries. Its primary use outside of Africa is in soft drinks and pharmaceuticals. Also used to make kola-wine, kola cocao, and kola-chocolate.
In M’TAM initiation, all initiates or pilgrims, at some point, comes to face the wall or curtain that separates them from their ultimate becoming as written in their destiny seven generations before they are born. That moment is the climax of the battle between Heru and Set (Good vs Evil). Considering that we are humans and our inspiration can only come from what has been exposed to us, our search for the truth and evolution can be effective only, if by chance , nature and our personal rites of passage have provided us a mind that is flexible enough to allow us to operate comfortably in an ocean of new ways, habits and superstitions on the path of our survival.
Too often, we take another person's word for law without doing the research to find things out for ourselves. Reason being, many of us find that it is much easier to believe what we have been told all of our lives, than to do the research to find things out for ourselves. Many of us believe that the quick and easy way saves time and energy. Well, our entire existence is time and energy, and there is plenty of it to last an eternity.
The Kemetic Calendar, also known as the Sidereal Calendar, is used today by modern people and traditional people alike who aspire to yield to the original spiritual system of humanity. It is an easy calendar to use even in the modern world because the corresponding Gregorian date (from the modern calendar) is displayed clearly on the bottom of each day. This allows you to use the Sidereal Calendar as the only calendar in your home and not miss a beat with the western calendar that we are all so accustomed to.
Given the requirement of the era which opens in front of us, for every worthy son and daughter of Wsr to draw up themselves against the forces of evil in order to affirm themselves and to rise to the one and only possibility of, without a doubt, the redevelopment of all that belonged to our ancestors, this rich inheritance which these children seek and our elders have preserved and which is the subject today of study for some and competition for others, I had remained amazed but also filled with wonder by the passion and engagement of the Earth Center Initiates who, on pilgrimage to Kemet last year, aimed at re-inspiring these Kemetic traditional and spiritual values considering the evil actions which our planet endures.
Gourmantche tradition is one of the most refined and the most spiritual of the planet. The Gourmantche culture could easily have been confused with all other important spiritual cultures if one did not notice the importance of “the language of the Gods”, meaning “the oracle of the Earth”, in the individual and collective lives of people. “Gourmantche people interrogate the Earth about everything, and they submit to the speech of the Earth,” say ethnologists.
Kemmioo (practitioners of Kemetic spirituality) are focused on their afterlife and the greater evolutions of energy. However we feel about death, we cannot deny that it is the most stable phenomenon we can perceive. We all will one day meet our demise -- this is our reality, whether we choose to admit it or not. Our Ancestors accepted this reality and incorporated it into their paradigm. They knew that they were born on Earth for an opportunity to perfect their quality by resisting the corruption and evil temptations that the physical dimensions have to offer. Much of their lives was spent focused on preparing for death, and the complexity of their burial customs proves it with the respect given to the spiritual aspect of human existence.