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Kemet 101 Lesson 2 Video
A. Summary- Proverb: If one fights in the arena forgetful of the past, success will elude him who ignores what he should know.
1. All people are from African origin. People want to claim origins from everywhere but Africa even though evidence all point to Africa. They only appear to be correct due to repetition creating a deluded academia and society.
2. By 10,000 BC Kemet already had a high civilization with religious monuments, high wisdom writings, advanced culture, etc. The foundation of Kemetic civilization was based in agriculture, education and social/political ethics providing the three basis human needs of food, shelter and opportunity ( a boat).
3. This Maatic, ethical way of living continued for thousands of years from the old kingdom/pre-dynastic era (10,000 BC to 5,000 BC) to the Christian era 350 AD. However, it began to experience a slow breakdown during those thousands of years when it began to forget ethics and morals after it’s flowering.
4. After reaching its flowering and elevation in economics and academia, people began to get complacent and to wonder why keep the culture. There were after all no challenge from adversaries, evil. Spiritual awareness started to wade and society started to implode giving rise to greed. pleasure seeking and moral degradation. Evil challenges the good and cause people to think beyond the current adversity. It prevents complacency.
5. The priests and Priestesses during those times continued to promote righteousness which kept unrighteousness in check.
6. But, a series of attacks form the Assyrians, Persians, Greeks, Roman and Christians; Ancient Egypt expanding beyond the borders of NE Africa adapting other cultural practices such as polygemy, making treaties, being colonies by other countries all contributed to the degrading of Kemetic society and led to the eventual downfall.
7.Africa was more socially, politically, economically advanced than the rest of the world. Technological advancement was not a priority. It only presented a problem when Africa was met with technologically advanced adversaries (in terms of machines, war chariots, metal weapons…).
8. Kemetic religion never stopped through all the years until Christianity. Christianity took over the Roman empire. The Romans adapted it as a way to consolidate the empire. The final breakdown came when Constantine directed the Roman army to close all temples. CLOSING THE TEMPLES DISTURBED THE WHOLE ECONOMY. TEMPLE WAS THE CENTER OF MANAGEMENT OF AGRICULTURE, EDUCATION, SOCIAL, POLITICAL AND RELIGION…. WITH MAAT, ETHICS, MORALITY AS ITS FOUNDATION. Other countries did not get to experience a society grown by priests and priestesses.
9. The priests and priestesses were selected through the education system. By age 5 one would attend primary school learning writing (recording is important as oral tradition can be disturbed, thanks for the 64+ books Sema Institute!) math, accounting, economics.By age ten one became an apprentice. BY 20 a graduate with a trade making up the bureaucrats of the country. After the 20 years one may enter the path of priesthood through the three levels to become a high priest, for approximately 40 years. Pythagaros and Plato followed this path bringing the knowledge of Ancient Egypt to the Greeks unlike Aristotle who entered with Alexander the Great and took it.
10. Education was governed by the temple for the common rekhi, skilled workers, government workers, priests and matriarchs of the society.. An equal balance between the male and female permeated the culture. San/Sant or brother/sister principle of Kemet where woman had same rights in education, rulership, priesthood, and reflected in Gods and the Supreme Being is currently disrupted in Africa through male dominance.
11. Temple leadership allowed for a correct understanding of life leading the the discovery of why we are here and knowing what life is all about. The spiritual consciousness of the society discovered the underlying awareness of the spiritual essence of creation. What was underlying Kemetic civilization is spiritual consciousness, ethical conscience and san sant- duality/balance.
12. Closing the temples began the Dark ages continuing with the colonizing and imposing Christianity on Africa. Africa has only been out of it for 50-100 years. We must know a lot more about life than our chosen profession to be a real productive member of society or you will be led to the slaughter like cows arguing about who looks better. The priorities of African people is evidenced by the choices made today, for example what we enduldge in on TV, food, ecological practices, etc. It is not for the “Europeans” to do it for us, it is for us to become empowered.
13.Human being have become like the robbers who put their hands in the hole and touched the scorpion, too prideful to tell the others what happened. We haven’e been speaking up and telling people what really happened and what is going on, what’s wrong. Marching is the beginning of action, a rallying point, it is not the action itself..
14. Taking action begins with understanding. We must have ethics in all we do.
b. Most important theme:
1. Kemet was built on the foundation of ethics in agriculture, education, social/political society governed by the temple.
This is important because it gives a practical understanding of how the greatness of the civilization grew as opposed to the purely supernatural theories that is common along with the many stories of domination and violence often spread to explain how Kemet got to its peak. Although one can not fully understand what in means to live in a society where ethics and morality is the basis for all advancement without experiencing it; to know what is really possible when an advance society is connected to a higher source, it still lets us know that it is possible and was in fact lived by the ancient civilization. I can conclude there were a number of achievements physically and otherwise that could have been accomplished that are impossible today. And, this developed over thousands of years, not+ like the newly formed American society.
1. If one does not have an external adversary/evil to battle, does adversity automatically rise internally?
2. This the flowering is the goal and the society reach it, was there a mass spiritual awakening or transformation as its “reward” before the decline. I have a garden and sometimes I eat the vegetables when they reach a peak and sometimes I let the continue until the flower and seed. They eventually will reach that peak, flower, seed and begin to breakdown leaving me with either a nutrient rich vege tp prepare or seeds to start again. I consider the breakdown whether assisted by bugs or by its own a process natural. SO, I’m wondering if the society lasting thousands of years and the flowering of kemet was the goal and did it bring forth a mass enlightenment and is the breakdown a natural expected process.
3.When it was said the Shetaut Neter is the only word in Africa that means religion, can you please expand. When we talk about returning to our African ways as a community, it often means the cultural practices and not mysticism, as in enlightenment and transformation which is one of the three aspects of religion. Is there not a word/concept of that in modern African culture?