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Kem Life

Homage to the Woman


Homage to the Kem Woman

This picture represents a Kem woman carrying an infant on her back, which is in order to carry out her daily jobs. The woman represents life, stability, and the home which is represented in the picture by a hut. The woman represents the protective force of the family. The woman is the family, she is the voice of the home.

In life, we often have difficulties in solving our problems, by the way we don’t grant value to certain advice which could have been used to guide us on the right track. This tale pays homage to the woman who is our mother, the source of life and the cradle of humanity because she occupies a very important place in our lives and in society.

There was a village, where there lived a chief and his villagers.  But since the appointment of the chief, it was as if misfortune had struck the village. There was not sufficient rain to produce a good harvest. Thus, the hungry population was not able to eat. Also, none the chief’s wives ever had children. Rumors ran all throughout the village because there were too many questions about the heir to the chief. One day, the chief convened a meeting with his notables and the wise ones of the village and all inhabitants without distinction, so that they could see together how to solve these problems before the situation went from bad to worse. All of the villagers answered his call, and thus the wise ones and the notable ones proposed their ideas and the debate was open.

At a point when the meeting became very intense, they were disrupted by a rabbit who was being chased by a dog. The rabbit fled into the courtyard, directly beneath the seat of the chief to take refuge from the dog. The dog slowed down when it saw people and sat right where it entered the court to wait for its prey to try to escape. As he waited, he heard the people speak of the difficulties which arose while trying to find solutions so that the chief could have children and for there to be enough rain for the next seasons.

The chief threw his hand under his seat and snatched the rabbit from its hiding place. The rabbit then requested permission to speak. Having listened to the goal of the meeting, he addressed the chief in these terms, “Chief! Chief! Now that my survival depends on you, I ask you for help. I will be grateful to you. In my family we produce a good medicine which allows any woman to become fertile and to have children.”

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Kem Life

Sisterhood

"SisterHood"

We, the people of the diaspora, must return to the originators of civilization to reclaim our dignity and humanity.

Is it true that a woman’s work is never done? Maybe. Our drawer full of hats, that we as women wear, proves how many roles we play throughout our lives. We are sisters, wives, mothers, and daughters. All of the above are busy working, cooking, cleaning, serving, teaching, dancing, washing, sewing, healing and raising children. Although none of these duties or expectations are small, this is what makes everything about a woman so great. The woman provides a sense of stability and harmony in the lives of others, from the household to the community.  We would take more pride in our role as women if we truly understand how valuable it is.

As a student at the Earth Center, I had the privilege to go on a pilgrimage to Merita (Africa). Besides the beauty of the land, the beauty of the women left a permanent mark on my mind and heart. Yes, their outer beauty was apparent, but it was something much more than an image out of a coffee table pictorial.  I observed how incredibly hard they worked. No woman was left to fulfill a task alone. All the women there take responsibility for each other and the genuine appreciation they have for one another was, and is, an unspoken language. Their energy was so pure it could melt one’s heart.  The women in Merita truly exemplify the definition of sisterhood.

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Kem Life

Fallacy of the Future

My childhood was spent in a community where talk of preparing for the future by accumulating material things was non-existent.  When I came to the US, I found opposing priorities to the ones back home.  Back home no one ever discussed going to college or validating ourselves with the accolades and titles handed out by the system.  We lived one day at a time, because we had what we needed for survival.  When I realized how things are done here, I felt deprived because I did not fit in.  School was presented as a possible equalizer but I did not even have an idea of what I would be going to school for.

In colonial society, planning for the future means planning how we will make and spend our money. We even plan our families based on how much money we make. Ironically, our possessions do not come with us when we die but the actions we take to obtain them do.

I remember someone who came from the US to visit my community and was very surprised at how simply we lived. He said he had never seen people living without worrying about money or doing anything that pertained to saving things for the future. Our future was the continuation of our survival by teaching the children what we knew. Nevertheless, I left home because I was searching for something that I thought I had found when I came to America. All of the lessons of my childhood started to fade as I got more and more caught up into catching up to the way things are done here. It wasn’t until I came to the Earth Center that I realized that all my planning for the future (going to college, insurance plans, jobs, and so on), as I came to perceive it, was only a set-up that was making me dependent on this system while distracting me from living in reality or coming to know what I came to Earth for.

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Kem Life

Observing Our Origins: The Kemetic Fasting Period

It is not a secret that human civilization finds its origins in Kemet. The builders of the Pyramids, writers of the Medu, keepers of the Temples, and followers of the Pharaohs, with their faces turned towards the Gods have provided the inspiration for all mankind to follow. We have yet to attain the heights reached by this great civilization. The capabilities of the culture that preserved the world for over 100,000 years has been the mystery that power hungry usurpers have been trying to solve since their first encounters with the kemmioo (People of Kemet). The inspiration that led humanity to its heights is humanity’s ancestral Neter (God) WSR.

A monument constructed for WSR, the ancestral God of humanity.

The end of fall and the beginning of winter are marked by religious and social observances. This is what we know in America as the “Holiday Season”. The two most commonly celebrated holidays in the US are Thanksgiving and Christmas, with Hanukkah and Kwanzaa also celebrated by many during this time. It’s interesting that this same time period also encompasses Kemetic Holy Days of major significance. The concepts presented with these Holy Days and their acknowledgment by the kemmioo provide inspiration for much of what we do today.

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Humanity’s Freedom

The Nile Valley Civilization provided humanity’s original value system, enabling it to accomplish amazing feats unmatched by modern technology

What makes knowledge valuable is when it is applied to the consciousness of the individual in order to achieve enlightenment– to become a good person. According to humanity’s Ancestral forefathers, being good requires that our quality rise higher today than it did yesterday. To achieve such a feat, we need a reason as well as a guide to do so. When we seek the fundamental knowledge of human societies and behaviors, we find ourselves in Africa (Meritah) looking for the clues to human history.

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