Kem Graduation

Graduation In Kemet: The Nemapatou

Presenting the Nemapatou Generation Merunitah (top left) and Zir (Elder) Mahaira (top right) complete the Ablutions (Spiritual Purifications) before receiving their certificates and their Kemetic names which have been given by the Earth.

IN MERITA, THERE IS a proverb that says, “One should not drop their old calabash looking at the basket of another.” In other words, one should not get caught up in what belongs to another or what is coming from elsewhere to the point of abandoning that which belongs to you and that which serves you better. Our ancestors have warned us of this a long time ago.

Today, in seeking the path that leads towards truth, man is exposed to a diversity of doctrines, sects, religions, etc. All of them pretending that they can help us solve our problems, improve our conditions of life, and gain better knowledge of the will of God for our enlightenment.

Since colonization was born, we have been victims of this situation which is associated with government policies. Yet, humans in front of this sad reality still have this tendency of striving to achieve their goals by ignoring the unique path that is common to all, the one we know better, given to us by our ancestors. We ignore the path forged by our ancestors in order to embrace what has been imported from somewhere else. On these foreign paths, we find it hard to adapt because we are urged to only use faith or belief which doesn’t fit the reality of everyday life.

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Reconciling with Tradition

Bakiou Generation

Herpw Bikbaye (center) welcomes the Bakiou Generation Sahtehuti (left) Iritmaat (right)

An ancient wisdom says “Little by little the bird builds its nest”.  If you have ever been given the opportunity to touch your fingers to a bird’s nest, you understand the profundity of this proverb.  Even more, if you will challenge your logic to understand how the bird is able to realize such a feat, you will be impressed by the patience shown by the bird to ensure its survival as an entity of the cosmos in which everything is subjected to the principle of perpetual transformation.  Unlike this tiny bird who, like so many others, has understood that patient, harmonious work will contribute to the perfection of this existence, it is the supposedly intelligent humans who, of all species, still think we control this world. However, time and time again our patience and commitment can be seen but not towards our own survival; instead it is put to work for the ambitions and future set for us according to the utopia of our leaders in a world where reality is constantly challenging us. We have become the only species to believe that we will gain our freedom by ignoring the natural wisdom of traditional culture in order to invest in the propaganda of what we want to see in the illusions set by colonialism. Modern man is now left confused in his delusions, only because he is led to reject his ancestors and their traditions in order to embrace the empty rhetoric of leaders promising a bright future. Until the moment the individual realizes that his leader has only set him towards self-destruction by asking him to ignore or forget what has given him life and ensures the perpetuation of that life, he is doomed…. as it has always been said in Kem (Black) civilisation, “The branch who wants to flower learns to honor its roots.”

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The Challenge to Improve the Self

The Shemzura Generation

The Shemzura Generation (from left to right) Kefaibra, Hamiba, Jazra and Hatnima

The Earth Center is happy to announce the graduation of the Shemzura generation. They are the 15th generation of M’TAM initiates in the colonial world.  This graduation symbolizes the first mile-stone of their initiation, an important gateway into the beginning of their journey of spiritual growth.  Even though the first year of initiatic education is just the beginning, it does not come without tremendous challenges for the initiates. The first part of the initiation challenges the student on a deep psychological and emotional level, and it forces the student to become very honest with themselves. Honesty is not easy for us as humans. We strongly congratulate the Shemzura generation. The 14th of Penipt, year 409 (October 24th 2009) marks the date of this special occasion.

The graduating students hail from the New York branch of The Earth Center. They are Hatnima Shemzura (formerly Gordon Reneau), Jazra Shemzura (formerly Jennifer Zachariah), Kefaibra Shemzura (formerly Menelik Livingstone), and Hamiba Shemzura (formerly Brandon Glaude). “Hatnima” translates as “Body of Truth”, “Jazra” translates as “Ra Commands”, “Kefaibra” translates as “Loyal to Ra”, and “Hamiba” translates as “Shining Soul”.  The generation’s name as a whole is “Shemzura”. This means “Followers of Ra.”

This generation is unique in a couple of ways. Hatnima was born in Belize, and Jazra was born in South India. Also, Kefaibra and Hamiba are both the youngest graduated initiates in the history of the Earth Center in the US, graduating at 19 and 21.

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The Light of The Ancestors: Kem Integrity through M’TAM

The graduates: Akib Zari'imou (left) and Ikertbanitah Zari'imou (right) presenting their certificates.

These graduates are the remaining initiates of a group which started almost two years ago.  This group, as a whole, fell to the distractions of internal politics and discouragement following the death of The Earth Center founder and director, Master Naba Lamoussa Morodenibig.  It was Master Naba himself who stated, “Many will make the mistake of focusing on the finger of the guide who is pointing to the moon, instead of on the moon itself.” They have proven that they understood, they have persisted on their path.

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A Tree and Its Roots

“A tree cannot stand without its roots.”

This proverbial wisdom is absolutely true, no matter what kind of tree we are talking about. And so with the world of humans, a family can be considered as a tree. The visible part of the tree is what we tend to notice. This can be considered to be the living relatives. The the roots of the tree are hidden. These can be considered to be the dead relatives or Ancestors of the family tree. A family is strong when it functions together. There must be communication between each part. Considering the wisdom of the proverb, if a family ignores the roots of its family tree, that tree is doomed to fall.

A family stands on the accomplishments of its Ancestors. The living must learn from the successes and failures of those who came before. Any heritage or inheritance of the family must be to the credit of those who have passed on before. Without a common heritage, there is nothing to bring a group of relatives together to even call them a family. What will unite them? What will they do together? How will they know how to treat each other? What goal will they collectively have to achieve something for their descendants?

In recent times, this larger perspective of a family has been degraded. So it is in Meritah (Africa), many families and entire tribes have abandoned the heritage of their Ancestors. As a result, the ancient African civilizations have been greatly weakened and once mighty families have fallen to become firewood or lumber for European, American, Asian and Arab interests. It is in this desperate context that The Earth Center of Meritah was established.

The Earth Center was established by Master Naba Lamoussa Morodenibig, a high priest and master healer from Western Meritah. He provided a link for people all over the world to connect with Kemetic (Traditional African) Culture. He realized that this link would also be needed in Africa itself, as the Kemetic traditions are becoming inaccessible even to many descendants of Kemet on the continent. Foreign religions and political ideologies have created a hostile environment for anyone promoting Kemetic Culture, leaving the children of Kemet disconnected from their roots.

Thenuziri Grad Gen 1Two such children were fortunate enough to discover The Earth Center and enroll in the M’TAM School of Kemetic Philosophy and Spirituality. This is the original education system of Kemet and the heritage of all of its descendants, meaning all humanity. Kemetic education takes the form of initiation. It is not simply a classroom experience. Initiation shapes every aspect of the initiate’s life, how he sees himself and his surroundings, his goals, his do’s and don’ts etc. Initiation brings the   initiate into the way of life of his Ancestors, in other words, his roots.

The M’TAM initiation provides a comprehensive cultural foundation for the human being. The cornerstone of Kemetic initiation is the Kemetic language, Ré N Kemet or Medu Myeet. Language is at the foundation of human culture. Without language, there is no way for a group of people to communicate even a single idea. The language carries the ideas and principles of the culture. For an idea to exist in a human mind, there will have to be a word for it. Without a word for it, how will we make sense of it and communicate it to others. Medu is a highly refined language that has words for many concepts that don’t exist in English, including words to describe the spiritual (non-physical) existence. This is why the Medu Myeet class is the cornerstone of the initiation.

Thenuziri Kaqemna headshotKa’at Ibi is of the second M’TAM class. Ka’at Ibi loosely translates to meditation. Students in this class will learn the exercises and techniques to strengthen and harmonize the mind, body and spirit. Ka’at Ibi is the predecessor to all forms of meditation known to today, such as Yoga and Qigong. Fundamentals of spirituality are also taught as the initiate is forced to reconsider everything about himself and who he thinks he is. The origin and goal of a human life is explained in a way that puts the mind at ease by clearing up the confusion brought by the modern religions and ideologies.

The Sounnt (healing) class teaches the inner workings of the human body. The basic philosophies of healing set the foundation for how we understand the goal of healing and how to achieve it. Initiates also learn how to diagnose disease and identify causes of disease. Healing apprenticeships are also available for Sounnt graduates who can eventually take on healing as a profession.

The new graduates have succeeded in completing the long and difficult journey of their first level of initiation. Upon graduation, they received names that were chosen by reading their Earth Energies. Therefore, these are the names that the Earth itself has given. The graduates each received an individual name to express their personal destiny. Ogunleye Idriss Oyewumi will now be known as Ouzerba, meaning strong soul. Naba Lamoussa Kader will now be known as Kaqemna, meaning seeker’s soul.

Thenuziri Ouzerba headshotAs a group, these two are now bonded as brothers by the same family name. That name is Thenuziri, meaning “Tree of the God WSR or UZIRI”. WSR, as the Ancestral God of humanity, was the one to bring humanity the civilization that separates us from animals. According to the Kemetic Holy Drama, WSR was killed and his coffin ended up next to a tree. That tree grew rapidly to at least 5 times its normal height. This can also be seen as a metaphor to show how much an individual will grow if he keeps the principles and energy of WSR within himself. May they both be strengthened and inspired by this name to grow as that tall tree, fed by humanity’s deepest roots; to grow beyond the normal human limitations, keeping the principles of their Ancestors and Ancestral Gods.