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2a. Important Topics Covered in the Book Readings about Ancient Egyptian writing system: Medu Neter
TAT: Form, Concept (aside: Tat reminds me of TATTOO
Sesheta and Djehuty brought to us the Medu Neter: Chapter 19 PMH
“through the disciplines of writing, the capacities of harmonization of the opposites (Hetep) and the psycho-spiritual consciousness centers (Djeddu) are accessed (opened). One of the most important disciplines the Khamtian priests and priestesses is to transcribe the meets Neter. In Ancient times, this was done partly to maintain the texts themselves as papyrus paper has a finite life. However, there were other reasons: to develop the mind, to promote study of the spiritual teachings, and to engender the development of higher consciousness through continuous study and reflection on the teachings.” Ashby pg. 33
Sesheta is known as the Scribe of the Spirit. This Sacred and Mystical Writing creates an Abode for the Initiate to Dwell, One with the Divine.
“In this house, constructed by the words of wisdom and transformative power they have” the Sefech Ba Ra/Chakras can be opened, and the Life Force Energy will Flow.
Writing began in Kemet in 30,000 BC and was brought to Greece by Cadmus. This developed into what is now known as the Coptic language and culture. From 4th century to early 19th century, was only used in secret.
The word hieroglyph comes from Greek: hieros meaning sacred and glyphs meaning Inscriptions.
Vocalization was more important, more valued than grammatical notation. Students had the advantage of already speaking the language, so they learned cursive first, then hieratic and hieroglyphic, as well as absorbing the teachings contained therein.
Napta Playa is 100-150 km west of Aswan: Ancient Cities from the Wood Period.
Mesopotamian writing came from an accounting system
Kemetic writing had been invented in finished form, bestowed from a High Being upon the people
Korean script was commissioned by a King in 1444 AD.
on a side note:
>>>Cherokees alphabet, although usually attributed to Sequoia, he stated that he merely wrote it down, it was already in existence. He altered English letters so that it would be easy to use a typewriter. It is actually quite similar in structure to the Ethiopian alphabet.
Rosetta Stone: Hieroglyphic, Demotic and Greek. .
Closing of Ancient Egyptian Temples in 450 ACE (Nicene Council in 454 AD)
Champollion (1770 ACE-1832 ACE) used knowledge of Coptic to further break the code.
cursive writing influenced the spellings and grammar of hieroglyphs.
hieroglyphs changed in grammar, cursive changed in form and grammar.
Language of a People, not just for communication, but for reference of thought.
Thinking in a language reflects’s one’s consciousness\image based language has a greater capacity and different effect on the mind. Multidimensional.
An alphabet is a one dimensional system.
Hebrew was brought back to life. Many words were created by Europeans.
Latin brought back by people using the internet.
The work of Western Scholars in areas of Translating or Reviving Kemetic Language will not liberate People of Black Lands or African Peoples.
Old Dynasty 1-6 Pyramid Texts, Tomb Inscriptions
Middle Egyptian Dynasty 11-12 Classic Period, Texts, Narratives, Poetry, Business, Administrative
Late Egyptian Dynasty 18-24
Coptic 3rd-6th Century, then replaced with Arabic, Arab Conquest 700 AD
How ancient Egyptian writing expresses religious philosophy
Sesh Medu Neter: Writings of the Divine Words; Divine Speech
TAT is a Living Rendition of Reality
Purpose: to make live to the things that it renders
Religion is translated as Shetaut Neter, Hidden Divinity
Medu, Staff Support: Walking Stick
Words; Speech is the Support for the Divine
“If Medtu Neter is mastered, then the spiritual aspirant becomes Maakheru or true of thought, word and deed, that is purified in mind, body and soul.”
Medu is Static; Kheru is Dynamic
Purification occurs when the righteous movement of the word occurs
when it is used (oar: rowing-movement) to promote virtue, order, peace, harmony, and truth. Maat.
Medtu Neteru is the potential word and Maa Kheru is the perfected, purified word.
Medtu Neter becomes useful in the process of MaaKheru
when used as a Hekau,
when the word is chanted, Hesi and Shmai, when Sacred word is Sung.
And thereby, one performs worship Dua of the Divine.
The Divine Word allows the speaker to control the gods and goddesses, the cosmic forces.
Sebai Maa states that Human Beings are in reality higher order beings and that this attainment becomes possible if they
“LEARN ABOUT THE NATURE OF THE UNIVERSE, AND ELEVATE THEMSELVES THROUGH VIRTUE AND WISDOM.” Sebai Maa pg 52-53
Roots and Culture of Nations can be found expressed in writings and wisdom teachings.
Sacred Scriptures define myth, which leads to sense of nationhood, identity, origins and destiny.
Different types of writings: Mythic Scripture, Mystical Philosophy, Ritual Scriptures and Wisdom Scriptures.
Transliteration: represent the Medu Neter characters in English letters to understand the sounds,
Translation: translate the text into the meaning in English.
Diacritics: sounds of a language being translated into their own language.
Direction of writitng: look at direction of characters and how to face them.
TATS: group signs together to make whole forms like squares for artistic quality. to create a pleasing square
Sometimes, letters are dropped to obtain/maintain aesthetic quality
Sometimes, words are spelled differently in same texts>>>the meaning of words is not based on spelling, or appearance, but in their essential meaning.
Phonetic Complements: spelling out words in order to make more understandable.
Use a sign and phonetic complement, but do not read word twice.
3 ways of writing: ideograms, ideograms with phonetic compliments, or just phonetics
Hieratic Scripts: scribes used more phonetic complements
Ptolematic Times (Greek Occupation): new symbols, and spellings; more difficult to translate.
Handwritten Texts: used more phonetic compliments than carved or monumental inscriptions
Carved monuments and hieroglyphic inscriptions are easiest to learn
Writing System is for Reading
Spoken System: needs vowels
Ancient Egyptian Writing is called Divine Speech. Brought to Humans by Djehuty, for the purpose of leading Humans to Nehast
“The purpose of all human life is to achieve a state of consciousness apart from bodily concerns” AKP
Learning the technical aspects of reading is not enuff to understand the true meaning of what is being said.
Kemetic Language: precise and concise in its descriptions and terms
minimum of “flowery language”
yet somehow, still poetic
Easy to learn mundane meaning, not easy to learn deeper meanings
A true reader must be well versed in the mythology and also mystical teachings
cannot be memorized because they refer to the highest state of the mind, the intuitional knowledge of Self.
a true reader must be on the spiritual path of spiritual enlightenment
insight into esoteric meaning can unlock the mythological and philosophical meaning>>>>>
THE DISCOVERY OF ONE’S OWN HIGHER SELF.
The Study of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs is actually the Practice of Self Discovery when conducted properly. most important objective is to be able to read with understanding.
FEELING is an aspect of education. grammar and modes of speech are closely tied to culture: culture is the mask of philosophy.
3 major periods of evolution, led to changes in language, dialect, etc
No matter how the words are pronounced or spelled, the essence remains in tact and effective.
The Essence Is The Meaning.
“Study the art diligently and for that physical and mental discipline is necessary”
“In studying the texts and learning to read them, the words should be audibly vocalized so as to help the mind learn the words” pg 63
hieroglyphic” Block Writing
hieratic: Cursive Script Writing
All language is concepts or ideas represented by words or symbols
Benefit of Imagery in Medu Neter: it allows a faster assimilation of the message, more efficient and deeper understanding of the text.
Image and Thought in One.
Writing systems based on consinants.
Language uses vowels that are not even written down.
Types of Hieroglyphs:
(words and concepts)
Concrete aspect of a word
Phonetic: consonants and sounds
Ideograms: pictorial signs that stand for the object they represent; can also be used as a syllable
Determinatives: NOT PRONOUNCED, Placeholders that give extra information to determine meaning of words.
Aspect of a Word:
Relational Meaning (word roots)
Mystical Meaning (literal + symbolic + spiritual teachings)
Hieroglyph system can have multidimensional levels of meaning
Glyphs are arranged by sign types, not by sounds
Early language did not notate vowels, the ancient language did use them. Greeks derived vowels from Ancient Kemet.
In Music, “Harmony and Rhythm were always subordinate to the words, Subject-Matter was paramount.” Dennis p. 17
2 Types of Harmonies: Dorian: grave, slow and tranquil; Phrygian forceful, appealing, energetic rhythms
7 Diatonics: Chanting 7 Vowels to the Divine. & 7 Planets, 7 Senses (& Chakras)
“In Egypt the priests, the singing hymns in praise of the gods, employ the seven vowels, which they utter in due succession, and the sound of these letters is so euphonious that men listen to it in [laces of aulos and cithara” Demetrius
Shifts and Changes in Vowel and Consonant Sounds and Glyphs over time (and space)