Kemetic Religion was the organized system governing the Kemetic society in the 'Way of Ausar' and in the 'Way Of Maat'. Neter Ausar, as the Earth Sovereign, is the Living Word - the law, the embodiment of moral order; he establishes the moral code, and it is he who guides humanity in the 'Way of Maat'. Neter Maat is the embodiment of Order, Truth, Balance and Justice; she is the standard by which all of Creation measures it behavior. These two neteru provide the framework and standard by which human behavior is guided and measured. It is with these standards and within these boundaries - moral order, cosmic order, truth, balance and justice that the Kemetic society was arranged to achieve and maintain. Starting with the Nsut Bity (greek - Pharaoh) - the divine leader - who was incarnate as the 'Son of the Sun' (neter Ra), the Earth Sovereign (neter Ausar), and the 'force of truth' (neter Heru) - his function was to guided the earth and humanity to health, wellness, abundance and prosperity. To this end he, as a Neter (a divine being) communicated and interacted with the Neteru governing Creation to ensure their support and assistance to his charge.
Creation was governed and ordered in a hierarchical way, starting with the Creator Atum (Ptah, etc.), followed by the Elements neteru that sustain Creation - Nu (water), Shu (air), Tef-Nut (moisture), Geb (earth), Nut (sky), Ra (sun); they, in turn were followed by the Principal neteru - that govern the earthly domain - Ausar (living word), Auset (unity, protection), Maat (cosmic order and balance), Tehuti (communication - speech and writing), Heru (force of truth) and all other neteru.
Within the earthly domain, there also was a hierarchy. Starting with the Nsut Bity who was the embodiment of the governing neteru and therefore set the standard by which the society paid deference and was governed. This is why it is interpreted that the Nsut Bity sets the 'state religion' - he didn't just set it he embodied it. Following the Nsut Bity were the Seba (spiritual-religious leaders) whose various jobs and functions were to support the Nsut Bity in his charge. Among the Seba were members of the Royal Family - the Royal Mother, Daughter Of the Royal Mother (the wife, or future wife, of the sovereign neter), Son of the Mother, and among others the Nsut Bity who was the lead Seba. Then there were functionaries of the faiths and temples who supported the leaders.
Each town and village was to one extent or other, mirrored the National Faith. Yet, each town and village had its own faith that was respected by the national governing leaders. This could be because all faiths throughout Kemet had the same fundamental objectives.
To realize the gifts and benefits of the governing neteru temples and altars were created to house their presence, they were celebrated regularly in festivals, celebrations and rituals. The structure of the National Faith - temples, altars, festivals, celebrations, and rituals were, in turn, reflected in the town, village and home. The home was the temple that housed the altar(s), wherein festivals, celebrations and rituals were performed as an extension of the larger society. The objective of the Kemetic Religion was the 'perpetuation of life' and the attaining of 'optimal life'. Said another way Kemetic Religion revered Creation.
Success of the practice of Kemetic Religion was reflected in abundance and prosperity, the 'just society', the great spiritual presence of life (Kemetic Spirituality), and the universal reverence and celebration of Life. From this way of being the Kemetic society thrived and endured for more than 6-thousand years, before suffering debilitation and demise at the hands of foreign invaders. Yet, today it continues to inspire and guide us as it did most of the ancient world.
Kemetic Religions promoted the 'perpetuation of life', 'optimal life' and reverence for Creation. In this respect it is not comparable to the currents religions of Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity or Islam that promote(d) a particular group of people at the expense of the life, health and wellbeing of others, and promotes its self-interest even at the expense of Creation. Therefore, it is incorrect to compare them. Kemetic Religion is a 'way of life', whereas these others are belief (control) systems for achieving mostly political and economic ends to the benefit of its leaders.
Today we are reconnecting, reconstructing and regenerating Kemetic Religion as our 'way of life'. In this respect we are reconnecting our umbilical cord to the mother-father of our being, embracing our African heritage and traditions from its most ancient beginnings, throughout our history and experiences to the present. Kemetic Religion is being regenerated within the context of Kemetic Communities for which it guides and supports and where it should be - in that Kemetic Religion is not a separate entity from all other areas of life - political or otherwise.
To learn more about Kemetic Religion take classes with Ankh Institute, instructed by (me) Seba, Heru-Ka Anu.
MDW NTR: Divine Speech - Jacob Carruthers
Essays In Egyptian Studies - Jacob Carruthers
The Book Of Coming Forth - Maulana Karanga
Kemet And The African Worldview - Maulana Karenga
Selections From The Husia: Sacred Wisdom Of Ancient Egypt - Maulana Karenga
Maat: The Moral Ideal In Ancient Egypt - Maulana Karanga
Return To The African Mother Principal of Male and Female Equality - Oba T'Shaka
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