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The Frontiers of Time & Space

by Neb Naba Lamoussa Morodenibig

WE KNOW ALREADY that, despite the propaganda of the so-called “developed” countries, the life expectancy of the individual did not progress one inch, and actually, it is ironically regressing in these same countries that claim their population lives longer.

The trick behind the calculations of life expectancy, resides in the selection of the causes of death and the percentage of the people that the hospital system denaturalizes. But despite all the efforts, the frontier of time that is reserved for the human species, stays the same whether we are from a metropolitan city of America, a Chinese village, or an African village. As long as mankind will take two years to learn how to walk and nineteen years to get to adult life, our lives will not pass the borderline of a century and a half. The human being will live this brief moment as he has lived the nine months inside the womb. We have not yet seen a society that is working to make a pregnancy last longer with the hope that this will give a long life to the child that will be born. The frontier of time is there and is clearly marked by a sea of death.

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Reclaiming Our Culture: A Kem Graduation

By: Nekhitem Kamenthu

Iptioora Graduation

On the 2nd day of the month Nwt in the year 407 of this great year cycle, the students in the Iptioora generation graduated from their first year of study at the Earth Center. The Earth Center is an institution dedicated to preserving traditional Kemetic culture. These students studied the values of rural earth-based living versus modern industrial living. They had a chance to compare the real-life results of both of these approaches. They also studied the time tested approach to the spiritual aspects of the human situation, such as, the methods for re-connecting with their ancestors in the world of the dead, purification rituals, offerings to the dead, and a definitive understanding of the original cosmogony of beings we refer to today as “Deities” or “Gods”. This is a very special time for these student because it marks a moment where they have been exposed to very important techniques in the realms of thought and spirituality. These techniques enable them to reclaim methods that have been hidden from the average person by modern ambitions, religions, and lifestyles. These students now have important tools to reclaim their culture, regardless of ethnicity or race.

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Lessons From Pan Gu Mystical Qi Gong

By: Ibsahu Maakmaha

Pan Gu

After speaking with Herpw Bikdeni about his interest in other indigenous and non-western philosophies, particularly the Law of Five Elements from the Taoist Tradition, I decided to focus my efforts on exposing some of the commonalities between Qi Gong (Energy Work) and Ka’at Ibi (Assessing the Heart and Mind), hoping to bridge the gap between Kemetic Spirituality and Taoist Wisdom. I have been formally studying Ka’at Ibi since January 2007. I am now in a process of learning to teach Ka’at Ibi. I have been studying Qi Gong since 1999 and received my teaching certifications in July of 2006. Personally I have found there are many similarities between the physical movements and exercises conducted in each system. To gain additional perspective I researched the history of Qi Gong and below is a passage that is fairly representative of the consensus of the history of Qi Gong:

“Five thousand years ago, a tribal people settled along the shores of the Yellow River in Northern China. … But they would also talk about how their chiefs pursued the wild animals and fought back the floods. These chieftains possessed unusual power: they had mastery over the elements, the rivers bent to their will, plants and animals yielded their secrets to them, they talked with invisible powers, and traveled across the sky and beneath the earth to gather knowledge that would help the tribe.” (Wong, pg. 11)

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Volume 7.4

NAGPRA’s Hawaiian Controversy

By: Nehez Meniooh

In 1990, The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act was passed.  This act provides mechanisms for museums to return human remains, funeral objects and sacred objects to the Native communities where they originated.  Thousands of items and human remains have been returned and reburied over the past eighteen years.  For the most part, this act has been seen as a success by Natives and archaeologists alike, but as with anything, it also has created some controversy and disfavor.

The most recent and still ongoing controversy is taking place in Hawaii, where the return of some cultural treasures is causing some deep divisions within Native Hawaiian communities.  Because Hawaii has no distinct tribes, “deciding whom you give the objects back to has become a major problem”, said Betty Kam, the vice president of cultural resources of Bishop Museum in Honolulu.  In Hawaii, there are two organizations that have been named to whom stolen treasures may be returned:  Hui Malama I Na Kapuna O Hawaii (Group Caring for Hawaiian Ancestors) and the State Office of Hawaiian Affairs; however, others could also qualify.

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Volume 7.4

Farmland or Factory Site?

By: Rezib Tutsanai’i

Singur is a small farming community in the West Bengal province of India. The agricultural way of life has supported the people of this community for hundreds of years. Their land is particularly fertile due to the fact that it is part of the Hooghly river valley. The land in this area is capable of producing multiple rice harvests each year and has been a source of wealth for the villages of this area for generations.

Tata Motors is part of a vast multinational corporation that emerged from the recent successful industrialisation of India that has occurred over the last 20 years. Tata Group, founded in 1868 by Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata as a trading company in Bombay, is one of the largest conglomerates in the world. Ushered in by reforms starting in 1990, the opening up of the Indian economy allowed Tata Holdings to become one of the most powerful international businesses in the world.

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