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Kem Graduation

Pursuing Personal Quality – A Welcome to the Sahqara Generation

From left: M’TAM Instructor Kasabez Maakmaah and Saqhau Washhek; the graduate, Ibasta Sahqara; Director of The Earth Center, Nehez Meniooh

The continent is Africa (Meritah). A full moon has risen early in a still sunlit sky. A village compound with a carpenter on a low stool in the center of the yard building a large frame using raffia bamboo. The carpenter’s seven year old son enters the yard and starts this conversation.

“Tapsei, Papa (Good work, Papa). That’s a big moon tonight, Papa.“

“O yes,” the carpenter says, continuing to measure, cut, and chisel bamboo. He is making frames for a pyramid roof for their kitchen.

“I see something on it. It looks like…. like….

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Reconquest of the Self

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(Left to Right) Instructor Satehuti Bakiou, M’TAM Priest Ibrahim Issa, Instructors Naba Iritah and Baamon Shemira behind the new graduates Zouadji and Sasebik Habzneteri

I remember talking about the concept of initiation and why every spirit that comes to life needs to be initiated into life. I was saying that it is important to understand that the initiatic system put together by our Ancestors is intended for the youth, meaning any young people between the age of 6 to 13. Every life that reincarnates into the realities of our terrestrial dimension has to be equipped with the necessary means in order to face the destiny they have come to achieve, as these young boys and girls are one day going to be responsible for the becoming and the preservation of the society that watched their birth. Every traditional society preserves itself and its achievements by regenerating its long understood principles through its youth. Unlike the old traditions, new societies that are claiming to be modern (having no values and principles), have so soon violated and forgotten these basic principles of human life while sacrificing the fate of their modern youth; the same youth that are supposed to be the future of the society.

Every traditional society preserves itself and its achievements by regenerating its long understood principles through its youth. Unlike the old traditions, new societies that are claiming to be modern (having no values and principles), have so soon violated and forgotten these basic principles of human life while sacrificing the fate of their modern youth; the same youth that are supposed to be the future of the society.

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The Greatest Goal

The new graduate, Saqhau Washhek (center) with Director of the Earth Center, Nehez Meniooh (left) and M’TAM teacher Menzeba Hasati (right)

Everyone in this society values what they think their life’s purpose is. To teach, to play football, to entertain, to do this and do that. The modern person has become comfortable walking through whatever door has been made available to them by this system, confident in the illusion that they have options. Every occupation, profession, hobby, you name it, has been provided for any individual to achieve. As one takes great pride in their category of choice, they are filled with a sense of validity and worth. Proud to be valuable enough to be deemed fit as a member of the colonial workforce. However, apparently when it is time for us to be buried, our life goals, careers and possessions provided by the system we have so relentlessly sacrificed our lives to, are left behind. Perhaps it is only when we are on our deathbed that we are we struck with the epiphany that perhaps our life was about more than all of the material gains, trinkets, successes and diplomas we were distracted by during our short stay here on Earth.  But by then its too late. And that is only if we happen to experience that moment of clarity or consideration at all. In the initiatic camps of Meritah there is a saying, “when the messenger of death comes knocking, be sure you are ready”. How does one prepare for death?

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Navigating The Uphill Journey

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The new graduate, Hatikaheru Nejitef (center) with M’TAM teachers Bouimen Kamenthu (left) and Nekhitem Kamenthu (right)

The journey of initiation is a very difficult path with very positive results. It forces a person to confront personal weaknesses and to be honest in life. This article celebrates the achievement of the graduation of the Nejitef generation on the 9th of Kpekhan, year 413. This generation started as one of the biggest classes in the history of the New York school. By the time of the graduation, there was only one initiate left. Today we are congratulating this sole initiate, Hatikaheru Nejitef, in reclaiming his ancestral culture, as well as his steadfast dedication and persistence.

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Welcome The Menihepou Graduation

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The new graduate, Pehka Menihepou (center) with her instructors (from left): Imaib Ziawet, Perahru Ziaweet, Imy Maktitaoui and Zahib Ziaweet

It is interesting to think about the period of time in our lives where we begin to question the direction we are walking. The road we were walking on becomes foggy, and we end up with a sense of emptiness. When we sit down and close out the distractions that occupy our lives, the pain and void we experience leads us to question what is going on in our life.

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