Reply To: Kemet 101-Lesson 4 Discussion Forum

Dorlene Dowl

Lesson 4

A. Kemet was the flowering of African Culture, which means it was an improvement of the traditions that already existed in Africa, “Pre-Kemet.”

The origins of humanity began around 150,000 BC in the great lakes areas in Africa. The people (who all human are descendants of ) in this area had certain traditions that spread through-out Africa including Ancient Kemet.

People first emerged in southern Sudan/Nubia and then spread out to the rest of Africa. This occurrence is “Pre-Kemet.”

At about 100,000 BC people started moving out of Africa to the rest of the world.
These people who left Africa before the last ice age ( which ended in around 10,000BC) developed into people known as the Chinese, Europeans etc. These people developed independently of Africa’s influence for a while.

From 100,000 BC to 36,000 BC African culture developed on the continent.

There is some evidence that Kemetic culture began at about 36,000 BC. But the irrefutable fact is that is surely began around 10,000BC because the Sphinx can be dated to this time period.

Dr. Ashby gave many examples of Diop’s concept of “close connection” in the video. Due to trade relationships , upheavals and forced migrations the Kemetic culture spread throughout Africa and beyond. There is evidence of Kemetic culture in the Dogon and Yoruba cultures in west Africa (systems of gods and goddesses, the idea of a supreme being, the structure of socio-political order of similar to that of Kemet).

B. I was surprised to learn that Kemetic was the flowering of African culture. That its grandeur developed from deep inside the continent. It was so amazing to come to understand how the ebb and flow of traditions in and out of Ancient Kemetic influenced all the major cultures of the world. It was especially interesting to find out how the Yoruba and Dogon cultures and religions have been influenced by Ancient Kemet.