Reply To: Kemet 101-Lesson 3 Discussion Forum

Alixa Villalobos

Lesson #3


A) Important themes discussed in lesson #3

-Kemitian temples and surrounding buildings being destroyed and dismantled. Materials obtained from such atrocity were repurposed and used to build churches and other chriatian buildings. Hieroglyphs on the temple’s walls were carved over with crosses. Paintings and carvings on the temple’s ceilings were completely destroyed.

-The Kemetic Hierarchical Structure and social organization, chores and responsibilities of each social and political figure/group, according to their position within society, and communication flow between social groups/figures, with the Pharaoh being at the top.The Pharaoh considered the “Good Shepherd” was the maximum authority and had direct communication with the clergy who served as advisors to the Pharaoh. The clergy was in direct communication with the overseers, who were looking over the workers, farmers and traders.

-How the Kemitian New Kingdom period brought changes to the existing religious, social and political structures, after the successful expulsion of the Hyksos from Kemit, who had been ruling over after taking total control of Kemit, imposing taxes on the residents during the Middle Kingdom period.The expulsion of the Hyksos from Kemit gave birth to the New Kingdom Period. In this period, we see the adoption of military and royal policies in order to avoid further invasions from foreign countries. The Army and Royalty were new aspects adopted by the hierarchy and social/political structure that ruled parallel to the religious leader, the Pharaoh. In this manner, Army, Royalty and Pharaoh had equal importance and were ruling over Kemit in partnership, which meant that the religious leader, the Pharaoh, from previously having total control over the Kamitian civilization, became less important, less powerful and lost authority, losing control over the Kemitian civilization.Royal marriages took importance during the New Kingdom era and marrying foreign princes and princesses from other cultures was practiced.

-Royalty and Army kept gaining further importance as religious leaders continually lost power during the New Kingdom Period, until eventually, in the Late Period and with the invasion of the Assyrian, then the Persian, then the Greek, and lastly the Romans and the imposition of Christianity, the Kamitian religion was completely closed out, banned and vanished.

-Three points of reality, being the physical form, the concept a person holds about the physical form (as an example, the visual mental image of it) and the name of the physical form. True reality is in essence absolute and transcends reality. The essential nature of objects transcends the physical form, which constitutes the absolute reality.

-Similar cultural expressions have been discovered between Kemit and ancient India, and between Kemit and ancient Greek philosophers.

-Name gives physical existence since name is a concept, therefore it is very important in African cultures.

-Existing colonies of different cultures in Kamitian territories caused the weakening of kamitian culture itself, as different cultures blended with the ancient Egyptian culture, originating changes in the ethnicity and culture itself.

-Kemitians recognized ethnicity, but they did not differentiate race.

-There is evidence, found by archeologists in Asia minor, from Kemitian temples dating the Pre-dynastic Era.

B) I consider the atrocity of Kemetic temples and surrounding buildings belonging to the temple system, where all the different disciplines and aspects of Kemitian’s culture (social, economic, educational, medical and political -later on, also military and royal disciplines) were administered and imparted, being demolished (though in some cases, the temples remained) and their materials repurposed, used to build churches and other christian structures, is of utmost importance to my perspective.I see a pattern of destruction, control, concealed lies, sabotage, secrecy, egoistic agenda, exploitation and dominance, repeating itself over and over throughout history, since these same things were also carried out to indigenous cultures in Central and South America.When indigenous cultures in America were discovered by Europeans and conquered, their sacred temples were also destroyed, and catholic churches were built on top of the original temple’s foundations, in most cases, the materials that once held the indigenous sacred structures in place were used to build christian churches.
Additionally, the fact that the Hieroglyphs displayed on the walls of sacred Kemitian temples were purposely damaged, carved over and in other cases vandalized, is not only disrespectful and completely outrageous but was also performed with the intention to further sink humanity in complete forgetfulness. By erasing, hiding and destroing the written proof and teachings, which I consider the legacy of spirituality, ethics and righteousness left behind by the Kamitian culture’s society, as taught by Kamitian priests and priestesses that followed and lived according to Maat’s principles, the colonizers were abruptly inhibiting the perpetuation of Kamitian religion and their way of living, meant to be passed on to the younger generations, bringing the culture to an end
This truth bothers me deeply, because my perception is that orthodox religions lack spirituality, which is the base of Kemitian religion, along with the importance of communing with nature. To my point of view, those two aspects, spirituality (brought into daily life as ethical behavior) and the secrecy of nature (translated as treating nature with respect and love), are the most important precepts all religions should be teaching.

C) No questions at this time