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Kemet 101, Lesson 1: Quote/Proverb “ Our people originated at the base of the mountain of the moon, out the origin of the Nile.”
African culture originally saw male and female as equal. “It is inherently balanced”. This was quite evident in the statutes and symbols that were prevalent throughout early Kemet. Rulership was based on the same principle, balance between man and woman. And more importantly, spirituality was based on male and female principles. Whereas, in this culture and many others, people are caught up in enjoyment, excess, and egoism, and degrading women.
In Kemet, spirituality is the understanding of complementary relationships between man and female. This is important because your philosophy dictates what your culture is, and your culture is going to dictate what your civilization and institution is going to be expressed as. If we do not analyze the culture that you are adopting or practicing, then we will adopt a culture that might be detrimental to us. How do we examine a culture that we are born into? When we think and perceive the nature of things, byway of that culture, or the tradition that is handed down to us?
Culture is often expressed as something to be proud of, but what happens when you are born into a degrading culture, and do not have philosophy to discern what’s right and or wrong? For example, many tribal communities still engage in female circumcision, or even tribal markings. But, when we address that issue, it looks as if we are criticizing their traditions. And because it is traditional, does it necessarily mean that it is correct?
It has been shown that before this last ice-age occurred 15,000 years ago, there were people who moved out of Africa and went to live in many parts of Europe and Asia. After the ice-age cooled down, they went into Europe and Asia and settled there.
Also, it has been shown that Homosapian (direct ancestors to human beings) some 150,000 years ago -the people who are our direct ancestors, emerged in the central part of Africa-In the great lakes area-Uganda, Tanzania, and Rwanda area. This is where all humanity began. This area is also known as the “Mountains of the Moon. This is the area where the Nile river began, getting its source of water from Mount Kilimanjaro. The combination with snow and rain eventually spilled over and became the lakes and rivers of the Nile. The Nile flows up from the Ethopia, Sudan, and through Egypt. This constant steady flow of water or inundation allowed the culture to plan regularly and sow and seeds. This regularity brought forth the understanding and philosophy of consistency in nature. This is important, because the more tropical regions had more rainfall and abundance. This means that people did not have to work so hard to get the food, which can lead to complacency. This is rather interesting, because it seems that not working for those things would allow people to do more of their spiritual practice.
5.Million year old bones were discovered by Louis Leaky- a paleoanthropologist and archaeologist. These bones and genetic studies have shown that all human beings come from one common ancestor, that ancestor lived in the Great Lake area of Africa. Eventually about 150,000- 100,000 B.C, our ancestors migrated and moved further up the Great Lakes to Egypt(North/East) and eventually spread out to the rest of the world. So regardless of your skin color, or physical appearance, we are all one species.
6. Race is an illusion. It is a concept that is “superimposed on culture to control others”. It has no basis in reality. Culture is not to separate us. It is a lens, through which people operate and see the world. But, it is not based on absolute truth. For example, living in different parts of the world, people will see things differently based on climate, geography, upbringing, and even entertainment.
Themes/Reflection: Culture is necessary, just as we have a human body, a vehicle to experience the world. But, it should not be understood as “reality in fact”. It too, is transitory. Moreover, it is a “manufactured” reality, and a means through which we can relate to the world. The goal of life, From a Kamitic perspective is to transcend-even culture, or know thyself -Higher thyself. “We are all brothers and sisters.”
Essentially, we are all a part of the same human family, because we share the one common ancestor. This is why in KMT we referred to each other as brothers and sisters.
Reflections:This was a very great lesson, as it reminds me that we are all a part of the great family, a common ancestor that unites us . It further clarifies my understanding about Kamitic culture, as to why we/they referred to each other as brothers and sisters. I would read the text and was confused as to why Aset would refer to Asar- as her brother, and not her “partner”.