Reply To: Kemet 101-Lesson 4 Discussion Forum

Nefer Kheper Ra

Kamit 101/Lesson 4

Diop states that there is a close connection between Egypt/Kemit and other African nations. This is important to note because it points to the foundation that Egypt is in Africa and it was early Africans that created it. Moreover, if people are ignorant to the fact of its origin and people, then we lose the essence and interconnection between the other African traditions such as the Dogon and Yoruba. For example The Dogon has a system of Ogdoad (means eight gods and goddess) from the one supreme being. These deities come in 4 pairs of opposite. Similarly to Kemet, there is Nebetcher/lord of the all, and everything else is manifestations of that supreme source. In the Dogon Tradition there is a serpent deity, as well as in the Kemet. You can find those same correlations in Yoruba tradition/religion as well.

Whenever there was upheaval in Egypt due to war and attack by Assysians, Persions,Romans, Arabs etc, and people migrated to different parts of Africa, they brought seeds of the tradition and culture with them. Trade was also a means through which culture interacted and spread ideas.

Main points: Between 100,000B.C-150,000 BC African began to spread all throughout Africa and developed their own traditions. However, because of special conditions they/Kemetians evolved differently than the other nations who stagnated. These other nations were abundant in natural resources and conditions which did not push them to develop the technology like Kemet. Kemet is the flower of the nation. Africa provides the “seeds” and Kemet is the flower bearing the fruit. Another important theme to take away is African concept of a universal spiritual consciousness as the basis of religion. This differs greatly from western religions where the man is the center of it and women play a subservient role.

Since we are interconnected and interrelated throughout the African diaspora. I am curious to find out, at what point where did this concept of divination derived? In Yoruba they have IFa, a divination system whereby they consult oracles. In fact, all throughout Africa there are practices of divination such as casting bones, cowry shells, etc. Also, possession of deities or Orishas. In reading the books on Kemet I don’t recall reading stories on people doing ceremonies where people become “possessed” with deity or spirit of the ancestors. Yet, in many African cultures, From Yoruba, Akan, Vodun, possession is a common practice.