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Pen Renut – Kpekhan

Imin (188x432)The Month of Pen Renut
(April 9th – May 8th)
Governed by: Imin

Imin is an invisible, self-created God. He is a warrior God and is important in keeping Divine Order. He protects Gods with his shadow. Imin is very discreet but is active and verile at the same time. He is very high on the hierarchy of Gods but will come down to the battlefield to fight when the Divine Order is threatened. In the beginning, it was Imin who fought and destroyed the enemies of the Divine Order.

 

 
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The Month of Kpekhan
(May 9th – June 7th)
Governed by: Hetheru

Hetheru is the Universal Cow Goddess and is connected with healing and childbirth. She determines the destiny of a child at birth. Hetheru is a warrior Goddess and is represented as a woman with bull horns on her head with a solar disk between them. She is worshipped on Earth as the holy white cow. She is the wife of Heru.

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On The Ancestral Path: What Are We Becoming?

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THIS WORLD WILL ALWAYS continue to go on… despite all of our frustrations, fears, depressions and hopelessness. Regardless of how lonely, destitute, desperate or confused we may be, this world will go on. It does not matter if one is suicidal or psychotic, with thoughts of killing himself while taking the lives of anybody else that happens to be sharing the same space at the same time, this world will continue to go on. This world does not care about the individual or his intentions. Actually, there are only a comparatively small number of people in this world that are even aware of any one individual’s existence. If one is a liar who tells lies to one or one hundred people, why would the world care about that? If one is a thief who just robbed a bank, but the monies of those who live in his community is being kept safe in another bank, why would his community care at all about his action? If a family in Mexico is brutally murdered and the news reaches a town in Poland, would the people who live in that town lose any sleep by receiving this news? I think not. This world will continue to go on because the world simply does not care.

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The Tree That Rejected It’s Roots

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LONG AGO IN ANCIENT TIMES, when the trees and animals still spoke of the secrets of the universe, there lived a very special tribe of baobab trees known to the world as the Atifu- neferu-nita: the beautiful trees of the Earth. These trees were very sacred and very old. They kept the mysteries of the people. The Atifu-neferu-nita were very careful with their seeds, and since they were so ancient, there were only two of the seed laying trees left amongst them. These two seed laying trees used all of their energy and created one last tree. This tree would be the one to create more seeds to keep the Atifu-neferu-nita alive. This tree was named Atifheru: Tree
of Heru.

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Defending An Honorable Legacy: The Real Black History

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Burkina Faso( which means "Land of Upright People") is home to the Mossi. This region is home to many cultures that have been preserved despite the onslaught of colonialism

Each year when February comes back around, the mainstream American culture somehow manages to get away with promoting “black awareness” through learning, remembering, and celebrating “black history,” while continuing to promote the same exact “black heroes” and “black history milestones” over and over again.  But as unfortunate as it may sound, the origination of black history month really only has room for the acknowledgment of the history of blacks from the point of enslavement to the present.

In 1926, what we know today as “black history month” emerged as as “negro history week,” and was set during the shared birthday-week of two men who were thought to be very important people in the lives black Americans – Abraham Lincoln, and Frederick Douglas.  Dr. Carter G. Woodson, a black American who was the son of former slaves, established the custom as a way to fight to get the presence of black Americans written into the history of the nation.

Just over 80 years after its establishment, in conjunction with a supposedly remarkable trail of milestones in the progression of blacks in this nation, we are still only left with two things: the men and women who fought and died for blacks to gain acknowledgment in a system that continues to oppress them, and a time line for our people that begins in 1619 when the first blacks arrived (as slaves) in America.  These people and events in the short life of black American history are what we are to be aware of, remember, and celebrate.  For the average black American, “black history” is restricted to the slave experience and the struggle to gain a respectable status in the eyes of white America.

Naaba Sagha, Interim Emperor of the Mossi Kingdom

Naaba Sagha, Interim Emperor of the Mossi Kingdom

But our history extends far beyond the exploitative endeavors of European colonizers.  Not only black Americans, but all of mankind, are descendants of the rich traditional culture that mothered all civilizations on earth.  While Europeans were fearing sea monsters, bathing once a month, and devising schemes to steal wealth and property that did not belong to them, the traditional peoples of Meritah (traditional Africa) were navigating across the world, trading, building schools, developing sciences, and laying down the foundation that all modern systems have now either adopted or stolen.  The traditional culture of our heritage has been passed down by ancestors for generations is still living throughout Meritah, and is even alive in the old stories, practices, and beliefs that were upheld in slave culture, and that are seen in black American culture today.  Traditional black cultures are at the root of all human history, thus true awareness, knowledge, and celebration of black history cannot be reached without acknowledgment of traditional origins.

What contributes to the value of traditional culture, is the way that it is kept alive.  Traditional culture has been maintained orally since the beginnings of human existence.  Vividly expressed through song, dance, ritual and ceremony, and family and community life, oral traditions have formed the roots of all cultures and have been admired, studied, and even exploited by the handfuls of modern societies that cannot help but recognize their beauty and value.  The elements that accentuate oral tradition are important pieces that build the richness of a culture.  Songs that tell stories of bravery, maturation, life tribulations, and heritage are sung by adults and shape the perspective of children from a young age.  Clothing, jewelry, and traditional make-up that are worn during rituals, ceremonies, and in day-to-day life remind all in the community of the beauty, strength, authority, and unity that defines their culture.  Instruments that are played engrave the melody of heritage in the hearts of each community member.

The power of oral tradition has been greatly overlooked and even degraded in the confusion of modern society. However, the spread of knowledge and culture from one generation to the next (through Priests, Elders, story-tellers and parents) provides an individual with social qualities and awareness that many in modern society cannot visualize.  By learning through an oral tradition, each individual receives a sense of social bonding, unification, cultural values, language, and practices that cannot be captured in any book – nor can it be reduced to a handful of “heroes” and “milestones.”  It is this tradition that is the root of black history, a tradition which has been systematically diminished by colonization and replaced with the “history” of enslavement.  How much longer can we allow the history of our oppression to replace the legacy that belongs to us, the real black history?

Defending an Honorable Legacy: The Richness of Tradition Forming the largest ethnic group in the country of Burkina Faso in Meritah, the Mossi people have thrived for generations.  Originally coming from the union of Dagomba royalty and Mende lineage, their culture has been growing since long before European colonization up to today.  Just like many other traditional cultures of Meritah, the Mossi culture has been fortified and kept alive through an oral tradition.

The Mossi oral tradition is upheld in the family structure, which is the most important aspect of their culture.  The family is the most important to traditional people because it is the family that provides an individual with their stability, their protection, and an awareness of their identity.  For Mossi people, an individual identity cannot be separated from the family and the collective unity of the entire community.  The Mossi live in an ordered system that reflects the greatness of the first ancient kingdoms of our heritage.

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This Mossi Elder represents the rich heritage found in Burkina Faso

Each family member has an important role to play in the maintenance of their values and culture.  Within their community, elders are respected as the first and final authority – they must be consulted before any individual may make important decisions, they stand as the deciding authority when someone does something wrong in the community, and they even decide how land will be used by the families within the community.  In a Mossi family, the father stands as the head (leader, organizer, adviser), or king, with his wife standing as the queen and backbone of the family – maintaining the fields and providing food and care for all , educating, and passing duties and responsibilities down to each child.  Each child then holds responsibilities for the siblings who come after him.   Aunts and uncles take responsibility for educating and disciplining children, and each person in the society is aware of their responsibility to one another.  It is through the structure of the family that the oral tradition remains efficient.

Holding such a high value for the family within their hearts, it is clear that the the Mossi peoples’ acknowledgment of their ancestors is at the center of their tradition.  Spiritual rituals and ceremonies are conducted by the Mossi using elaborate dance, masks, and music to acknowledge their ancestors.  The ancestors, the past relatives who have been raised to a high rank in the World of the Dead world of the dead, are recognized as the influencing force in our lives – they are the entities that can impact the events and experiences in the life of each individual depending on his or her actions. So, it is the ancestors who the Mossi raise their respect, honor, and prayers to in their spiritual activities.

Similar to practically all other traditional peoples, the Mossi recognize that without family and ancestors the individual is nothing.  The life of Mossi people is focused around the development of the self through spiritual activity and acknowledgment of the ancestors, and the stability and upliftment of the family and community through adherence and remembrance of traditional culture.  With the minds of each person committed to these aspects of life, the Mossi rise in dedication to the quality of their existence, and the prosperity of their way of life.

Today when we look at the traditional lands, cultures, and peoples of Meritah, the motherland of all humanity, we are forced to look through layers of destruction, devastation, exploitation, and corruption inflicted by the hands of European imperialism before we can see the ancient richness that was once dominant. We can see how the traditional cultures, like the Mossi, Bobo, Ashanti, Dogon, Kemetic, and Kushite, that mothered great and vast empires, are threatened under the grip of colonial rule.  Before the French colonizers arrived to conquer the peoples of traditional Burkina Faso, the Mossi believed that the arrival of the first white faces in the land would bring death to the people and the culture.  With the arrival of the French, the people of the land were submitted to centralized rule, slavery, taxation, and war.

Despite this troubling reality, the traditional Mossi are still thriving today.  They have a ceremony that honors the fight put forth by their King against the colonial invaders.  The ceremony, Mogho Naba, is performed as a reminder of the initial success of the Mossi King to deflect the might of colonial domination.  Even today, the country and the people of Burkina Faso maintain a reputation of embodying a revolutionary spirit – remembering their rich legacy, and the people who stood to defend it.

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The Earth Awaits

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 Many of us have undoubtedly asked, “What is life about? On a recent subway ride home, I overheard a middle schooler ask her mother: “Mommy, how long will I live?” “Oh, honey, you’ll live a long, long time…eighty more years, at least.” After a short pause, the little girl responded, “But why so many, mommy?” “What do you mean, hon?,” asked her mother quizzically. “Well,” the little girl replied, “If a worker bee lives for a month, and a tiny shrew lives for a year, and lion lives for 15 years, and a humpback whale lives for 50 years, then why do I get to live so long?” Before I knew it, I let out a hearty laugh. What a profound

question! Her mother, clearly not expecting a question of this depth, replied: “I don’t know, honey, we’ll ask your father when we get home.” I must admit that I’ve been searching for an answer that may have satisfied the inquisitive little girl from the train that day. She clearly had her numbers in order.

I did a little research of my own, but on human life expectancy, instead of animal lifespans. It turns out that early records of human history suggest maximum lifespan of 120 years among the ancient Egyptians. The World Health Organization’s World Health Statistics (WHOWHS, 2009) report some interesting disparities in life expectancy. Which country reportedly has the lowest life expectancy? Which has the highest? Go ahead, guess. The members of Japan have the highest life expectancy of 76 years, an average of both sexes. The lowest? Well, I had guessed Afghanistan before I read the WHOWHS report. But I was wrong. Sierra Leone holds the lowest at 35 years, and Afghanistan’s average is higher by one, at 36. Interestingly, US life expectancy is 70 years. While the political, socioeconomic, and historical sources of these numbers and their discrepancies are beyond the scope of this article, it has not escaped my notice that the average life expectancy for those of African-ancestry is far less than 70 years in America.

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Given that we are afforded an average of seven decades on Earth, what do we do with them? Or, to repeat the words uttered by the precocious little girl on the train, “But why so many…?” Now in my fourth decade of life on Earth, I ask myself this question often, and in various ways. “What have I done with yesterday?” “What am I doing with today?” “How will I make the most of tomorrow?” When I stop to think about why I am thinking about this question, I realize that I don’t have a guarantee of more years. None of us do, not even the unnamed little girl who offered the question that inspired this article. Like vanishing vapor, we are here for a moment, then gone. Since this is true, perhaps we should approach our days with the understanding that life has purpose. I have purpose. You have purpose. Regardless of the the number of days lived out, our life purpose should be fulfilled.

“So, now what?” I can hear the little girl asking me in my head? “Well,” I would say to her, “Human beings are given time on Earth because human life

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Saneteru

holds a great potential. It is about something. And if it is about anything, is about quality.” What does that mean? What are the components of this quality, and what is its source? Let’s examine a few definitions of the word quality. Interestingly enough, the meaning will change depending on who you ask. Those in business, engineering or manufacturing, who make products for purchase, may define quality in terms of a standard or grade of something. Those in phonetics, who study sound and sound waves, may define quality as the character of a vowel sound that depends the shape of the mouth and position of the tongue when it is uttered. If you inquire of those who specialize in music, they may tell you that quality is nothing more than the distinctive tone of a musical note. When asked, my best friend defined it as I would have before I understood the spiritual definition: the highest or finest standard that differentiates a person or thing.

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Shetaneferu

The M’TAM School of Kemetic Philosophy and Spirituality seeks to preserve, promote, and proliferate the knowledge of the mystery schools of Merita (traditional Africa). The committed Kemetic initiate is extended the opportunity to grow his or her potential quality. At The Earth Center, we are exposed to the spiritual meaning of quality. Here, this commonly used word has substance, roots, and standards. The quality that we speak of at the Earth Center is a process of deep, honest exploration and assessment of the self. The initiate is, therefore, a seeker of truth. We have been invited to the path by someone who has spent his life in the pursuit of quality. The founder of The Earth Center, Master Naba Lamoussa Morodenibig explains that quality is the result of an uphill journey; it demands that one finally take control of his/her life.

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In the modern system, we find a culture based on and maintained by subjective truth. The motto of the time being: “What is true for me, may not be true for you.” Or even seen another way: “What is true for me is what is true.” To this The Maakheru (Master Naba’s title as an initiatic priest, meaning “voice of truth”) replies: “If the truth bothers me, I am a liar.” This is because the traditional meaning of truth is not subjective, and is not subjected to the circumstances, whims or desires of the individual. Quality, then, refers to the inherent goodness within the depths of the heart and mind. It shows itself through the deliberate practice of acknowledging and fighting to contain the evil in each of us. The seeker of truth in pursuit of quality acknowledges the evil within. Period. We know that the evil is there; we were born with it. We can’t pray it away, wish it away, or deny it, and maintain inner truth. Quality also represents that goodness which is of the Neteru (Gods). A quality that may be ours through acceptance and adherence to the 77 spiritual laws of a quality person, the 77 Commandments of the Divine Code of Human Behavior. For me, the code is the well spring of a quality life. How does the initiate identify and connect to this wellspring of life? How does the initiate raise his/her standards and achieve spiritual quality? You must first be drawn from within. Meaning, you must be a true seeker. The true seeker cannot rest easy without seeking to learn deeply of the nature of the self, the universe, and the relationship between the two. Spiritual quality, we are taught, is rooted in regular communication with our ancestors. Those who have gone before us have determined our destiny. They know why we have so many years. The Maakheru has told us that spiritual enlightenment is attainable, in this lifetime, by adopting our ancestral paradigm.

Barkanitah

Barkanitah

For some, these are harrowing times. The monuments that have been envisioned, erected, and exalted by men are crumbling. That which we placed our faith in is passing away. Many IRAs, 401Ks, and the like have seen tremendous devaluation since last year’s global fiscal crisis. We see more clearly upon loss of material worth that we are mistaken to place our confidence in the wind. That which we thought had inherent quality and value, has shown itself to be illusory. The Earth is ready for a change. It demands it. The bearers of the Zujatah name have been called by The Great Mother Earth to heal her, to strengthen her; to receive the mission of reconciliation of one to another, one to the land, one to the ancestors, one to the Neteru. This is their purpose. These brothers and sisters have a mighty work to do. They may not squander their years. Rather, they must build, they must plant, and must reap the harvest to show the ancestors, Neteru, and world their awesome quality. When the years become decades, and the decades centuries, what will the descendants say of their works, of their capacity to contain their evil, and manifest their goodness? As I have had the privilege to share time with each of them as a Hat Tenee (Elder and Teacher), I am beaming with confidence that, led by their intently focused Merr, they will indeed use their years wisely: Replenish the Earth, plant trees – Cultivate the Earth, build a community garden – Feed the people of the Earth, open a food cooperative – Cleanse the Earth, research and implement ways of reducing waste – Beautify the Earth, grow flowers and preserve park.

Honor the Earth, humbly remember your place in the Universe. Go forth with power, Brothers and Sisters. May the ancestors bless the work of your hands.

  

Saneteru performs the Kemetic Spiritual Purification or Ablution before receiving his Kemetic Name and certificate

Saneteru performs the Kemetic Spiritual Purification or Ablution before receiving his Kemetic Name and certificate

 

 

 

 

 

The Earth and its energies unite with those who heed the call for change. The call went out to many but few turned an ear to hear. A powerful collective of seven represent the most recent generation of graduating initiates. The Earth has uncovered the true nature of this seven. They have received the collective generational name Zujatah, which means to heal and strengthen the Earth.

The spirited, upright Merr (Class Leader) now bears the Kemetic name Haouti: The one who is marching in front.

The steadfast, disciplined financial officer is called Saneteru: The Son of the Gods.

The ever-growing, creative scribe is now Barkanitah: The blessings of the Earth.

The humble, considerate senee (brother), husband, and father is revealed as Ajdousa: The child of Sa.

The charitable, resourceful wife of Saneteru is now known as Maufpatou: The ally to all mankind.

The man of quiet confidence and strength is now called Hemsboura: The one who dwells in the house of Ra.

The inquisitive, studious senee is now Shetaneferu: The one who proclaims goodness.