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The History of Dreadlocks

Dreadlocks, sometimes simply called dreads, locks or dreadlocks – are entangled hairs that form only if they are left alone to grow naturally without the use of brushes, combs, razors or scissors. The first known examples of dreadlocks date back to Pharaonic Itoure (Nile Valley), where members of the royal family wore dreadlocked headgear.

Today, ignorance is driving most of us to associate the holders of locks to groups of crooks. Several times I have heard friends and brothers say that because of their hair, they were approached in the street by people who wanted to sell them marijuana. The sellers approached these individuals solely because they had dreadlocks. The dreadlocks have been associated so much with Rastafarian culture, which is in turn associated with smoking, that few people know the true roots and history of dreadlocked hair. What are the origins and meanings of traditional or Dreadlock Rasta?

The new generation Rastafarians will tell you that the culture of locks originally came from Africa but any other knowledge of locks beyond the continent is unknown. While the older generations of Rastafarians have great pride for their natural hair and sees it as a symbol of their fight against Babylon supporting non-violence, non-compliance with the system of Babylon, communitarianism and solidarity and as a spiritual fact, many new generation Rastas see their locks as a passport to smoking and listening to reggae music without really understanding the Rastafarian culture and values.

While Rastafarianism historically rejected the whole System of Babylon, including soft drinks, alcohol and cigarettes, modern Rastas have often become consumers of tobacco, meat and alcohol. Wearing hair has become a lifestyle more than a spiritual belief, and people wear dreadlocks so that they are seen as conscious or Afrocentric, rather than honest and conscious spiritual people.

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“Dreadlocks” were originally worn in Kemet. It is not worn as a style but rather has a profound spiritual significance.

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Illustration by Marrwho Hasati

Dreadlocks have been part of the history of every spiritual system. From Christianity to Hinduism, the locks have always been a symbol of a spiritual person in search of enlightenment towards the Divine world. If one is looking for the meaning and history of locks, we can find reference to them in all cultures and all holy books (the Bible tells us that Samson had hair in dreadlocks, and his unmatched strength was lost after Dalilah cut his hair). The origins of dreadlocks is commonly traced back to Hinduism and the God Shiva, but stops there. Meanwhile, most people recognize that dreadlocks have their origin in Africa, but nobody seems to know where, how or why! As with everything else, the true origins of dreadlocks can be found in Kemet (Africa).

“Originally, the dreadlocks were the hallmark of the spiritual state of an individual,” said Dogon Priest and spiritual master NABA Lamoussa Morodenibig, founder of Earth Center, in an interview. He explained that the priests of certain Deities (Gods) were necessarily obligated, at least for a period of time, to wear dreadlocks. For example, priests of the Deities involved in the healing of the body and procreation, as the Gods WSR, Heru, Theouris, and Sekhmet are required to have dreadlocks. A period of seven to thirteen years is required of the priests of these Deities, during which they must let their hair grow freely and devote themselves entirely to the Godhead. Meanwhile, the priest has a responsibility toward the God and the temple. After that, if they want their hair to be cut, a ceremony is done and they can remove their locks if they wish. In addition, for other Deities such as Aishat, one must shave all the hair on the body to be able to serve this category of Deities. It all depends on the God and the temple that is being served.

What about hair is so important for priests and temples? It is the notion of purity. The hairs are huge channel transmitters and receivers of energy. When you are in an area, like a temple, where the flow of energy should be tightly controlled, the hair is very useful or very disturbing according to energy needs, explained NABA. Even when a hair falls from the body, it does not lose its qualities, and it can become a great disturbance in the flow of energy. Even animals that are sacrificed are thoroughly checked for a specific type of fur. It is not all sheep or cows that can be used in a ceremony – it’s only a priest who has the ability to determine if an animal is good for a sacrifice, and it is a heavy responsibility. The untrained eye will think that an animal can serve for a sacrifice, but if just one part of the coat is the wrong color, the animal will not provide the flow of energy needed for the sacrifice!

It is known that many Pharaohs wore their hair in dreadlocks, for example: the mummy of king Tutankhamun was found with locks still intact. How is it that dreadlocks have become a Rastafarian symbol, rather than that of African spirituality? Master Naba offers knowledge: dreadlocks in spirituality have a very high value. During the pre-colonial period in Africa, healers and priests in many parts of the continent had dreadlocks, and every religion that has come has adopted the idea of wearing dreadlocks or shaving the hair on any part of the body. In the Bible it says that those who do not shave the hair, and drink alcohol or eat meat are the closest to God. Jesus himself is portrayed with long hair! In Islam, shaving is considered a value of cleanliness. To associate dreadlocks with only Rastafarianism is simply untrue. But in the history of blacks, Rastafarianism became a politico-spiritual movement after the prophecy of Marcus Garvey. It gave black people a spirit of hope, and led the Rastafarians to adopt the attitude of African priests: Keeping their hair as priests, not eating red meat, not drinking alcohol and not using drugs or smoking cigarettes. They decided to put their hopes in spirituality.

The dreadlocks have a very strong spiritual significance that is virtually unknown in modern society today. Now they are worn as a style, a political message or as a rebellion. Many people, young and old, have no idea what it means spiritually to wear dreadlocks, and they do not really know the position in which wearing locks places them. The dreadlocks relate to the concept of dedication and sacrifice to the Gods or Deities and the spiritual rules. Wearing dreadlocks is a very heavy spiritual burden. Only those who have consciously decided to take a vow of purity and to follow all of the Original Seventy-Seven Commandments and apply them to all aspects of their life can wear dreadlocks. People of any race or any sex can do this, because spiritually we are the same, but anyone who wears dreadlocks must know and understand the spiritual meaning behind the wearing of dreadlocks to get away from any negative consequences.

Most people in modern societies have no idea of the consequences of wearing locks, other than their own imagination and definitions. So what are the consequences of wearing dreadlocks? According to the wisdom of Kemet, the earliest and most authentic spiritual system ever known to all mankind, the wearing of locks would be synonymous with the reverence to our ancestral roots, the quest for purity of soul and spirit and the application of the Original Seventy-Seven (77) Divine Ordinances at all times. It is a heavy responsibility! The Seventy-Seven spiritual laws or Commandments were given to mankind by the Neteru (Gods) so that we can create the world we want to see and approach the Divine World. How many of those who have locks in modern societies do not eat meat? How many people with locks do not get angry, become impatient or cause suffering to humans? How many of them pay homage to their ancestors…? How many of us, Rastafarians or others can honestly say they know and follow the original Seventy-Seven (77 ) Divine Commandments? Very few!

Having dreadlocks helps a person spiritually. They are a physical proof that the person has promised to follow the Seventy-Seven (77) Commandments and all the Gods will be more comfortable with this person. This helps the person in every sense; spiritual enlightenment, the development of meaning, communication with the ancestors and so on… But on the other hand, if we break a commandment, there are heavy penalties to pay. Wearing the dreadlocks literally appeals to the Gods as guarantors for the Seventy-Seven Commandments to be applied seriously to life. So when one violates a commandment, it has a great effect on his life. One falls very quickly into destruction and self-destruction and suffers much more after his death. We are not obliged to choose a quality life, or to follow the Commandments, but wearing dreadlocks is already an awareness and promise to the Gods. Reprisals of the Gods are often heavy when one of the Commandments is broken. For example: A person who does not wear dreadlocks and tells a lie is punished much less than the person wearing the dreadlocks and telling the same lie.

Most people today in modern societies have never heard of the Original Seventy-Seven Commandments, much less follow them. Even students on the path of initiation are not able to follow all the Commandments all of the time … This puts all those who have not reached a certain level of purity and spirituality into a huge risk if they have hair in locks. Lying, cheating, stealing, killing animals, insects or other living beings, all these things are contrary to the Commandments, and it is safe to say that in the modern world, it is very rare that a person is able to follow commandments, at any time. Perhaps this is why traditionally the hair locks were reserved only for priests and guardians of the temple, rather than students, farmers and people who have not reached the level of spirituality that demand the wearing of dreadlocks.

Dreadlocks are not a fashion or style. They are not a political statement against the government or the system, and they are not a symbol of vices and pleasures, such as smoking, alcoholism, and crime! The dreadlocks are a very large and serious spiritual commitment that cannot be taken lightly.

“Dreadlocks are not a fashion or style. They are not a political statement against the government or a system, and they are not a symbol of vices and pleasures, such as smoking, alcoholism and crime!”

“Dreadlocks are not a fashion or style. They are not a political statement against the government or a system, and they are not a symbol of vices and pleasures, such as smoking, alcoholism and crime!”

Survivor's Notebook

Survivor’s Notebook: Day of Tehuti The Quality That Binds Us

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by Kasabez Maakmaah

Human beings cannot survive in this world alone. Our existence depends on more than we often realize. We depend on our communities and nature to meet our daily requirements for living. Our food, clothing and shelter, we do not create these things on our own. Even for us to be born and to be raised to adulthood took hard work and sacrifice from our parents and those involved in our upbringing. When we are born, we arrive into this world helpless. If not for the love and care of others, we would not survive 1 week.

It is our communities which bring us up and make us who we are. It is our communities which inspire us to become who we will become. It is nature that provides all the resources to make all this possible. Our ability to live in harmony with our community and nature play a big part in our quality of life and even how long we will live. On a larger level, the same is true for our communities. The ability of our community to exist in harmony with other communities and nature will determine the quality of its future.

The universe operates on this principle of harmony: Any entity in existence must remain in harmony with existence in order to continue to exist. This can be observed on a very simple level. We can observe this in our own lives. There are natural laws which govern our lives. We know that there are certain things that we have to do just to live: Eat, sleep, breathe, have children (to perpetuate ourselves for generations). There are certain things that will kill us: Fire, water, disease, other people. We remain in harmony with our world by obeying these laws.

Our values are determined by what we will and will not do in our quest to survive the challenges of this world. Our quality is determined by our obedience of these values. This quality is what will determine the level of respect that we earn in our communities. If we are helpful to others, others will be helpful to us. If we are hurtful to others, others will be hurtful to us. Our actions become like echos that come back to us like a return on investment. Once again, we see this same principle apply to our communities. The quality of our community will determine how other communities treat us. If our communities are respectable, we will be respected. If our communities are ignorant, we will be treated like fools.

When we observe the world around us and we notice the widespread destruction and chaos that seems to have become normal for us, an honest assessment will tell us that our lack of quality as a world community is at the root of our misfortune. We all want to see ourselves as good people but how good can we be when we aren’t living in harmony with our surroundings? The values we are adopting are not leading us towards a bright future. It should not be a mystery that, if our values are not inspiring us collectively to take actions that ensure our survival, not as a special interest group, but as a part of the vast variety of cultures and lifeforms on this planet, then we are putting ourselves at odds with the rest of the world. If our values teach us to see the survival of only a small group as being more important than the rest, then our values are failing us. With that mentality, we will only succeed in making ourselves enemies of the rest of the world.

It is our quality that brings us together. People unite when they know they can trust each other based on the values that they share. People come together when they have a common goal that leads them in a common direction. People on a path towards the same destination will adopt similar qualities. It is this quality that binds us together and makes us a community.

Kemetic Civilization is the original culture of humanity. This means that is belongs to all human beings and is not limited to a geographic location or to a “race” of people. The only requirement to be a part of Kemetic Civilization is to uphold the values of the culture. Central to these values are the 77 commandments, which outline all of the actions a human being must not commit in order to remain in harmony with existence. It is according to these values that humanity has survived in harmony with the Earth for over 100,000 years, accomplishing feats that are unimaginable to the “modern” person. If we understand that our current values are failing us, then it makes sense for us to return to what has worked for us for so long.

On the Day of Tehuti, we celebrate the day that humanity, as a collective, decided to make its goal to become Divine Beings and duplicate the Divine World. To assist us, we were given the 77 commandments by the Divine World.

We recognize that the perfect order of the universe, from the cycles of the stars in the cosmos to the cycles of the seasons on Earth does not happen by accident or coincidence. We recognize that it is the Divine World that is responsible for the perfect harmony of existence. We become inspired by that perfection and it becomes our goal to duplicate that perfection within ourselves and amongst each other. This is the goal of Kemetic Civilization.

It is clear that the path that humanity is currently on is only leading to more and more destruction. It is we who are causing this destruction as a collective. None of us can deny responsibility. We can only look at the values that we are holding to see why we allow ourselves to participate in the destruction of the world.

If our values are leading us to destruction and self destruction, our values will have to change for us to turn ourselves around. It’s time for us to return to what works.



Feature Story

Mexico’s Drug Wars

In M’TAM(the oldest Traditional Initiatic Education known to humanity), we are taught to observe a phenomenon in its many sequences which all contribute to the final outcome, because any one cause can be seen as the main contributing factor to a unknowing observer. We are conditioned by modern science and colonial education to usually perceive the last event in the chain of sequences as the cause of a phenomenon. If this were true, what about the other thousand possible causes we can attribute to a certain effect or outcome. Any one cause we decide to choose, which seems to make sense to us, is only arbitrary depending on who else is viewing the same outcome because the cause they choose may be totally different from what we choose.

In 2008, it was estimated over 5,000 people were executed in Mexico’s drug war and more than 3,000 this year, making the “drug war” more deadly than the actual drugs. Many people have lost their lives as a result of power, money, manipulation and corruption. The Sinaloa Cartel, Juarez Cartel, Tijuana Cartel, Gulf Cartel, Los Zetas and La Familia are well known drug cartels that have been involved in this ongoing battle for quite some time. The drug wars have grown more intense over the past few years. They have gained even more momentum since Colombian drug cartels began to search for new routes into the United States, considering their South Florida routes have become more of a risk.

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These Colombian cartels initiated negotiations with the Mexican cartels promising money if they could help traffic drugs into the United States. This only lasted a short time because the Mexican cartels envisioned the amounts of money and power they could acquire by them¬selves if they excluded the Colombians. This has been the way Mexican cartels have gone about it for awhile. Although Colombians are still exporting illegal drugs to Mexico that are eventually sold in America and other places, the Mexican drug cartels are their own bosses now.
The Mexican government is at a stand still as to what should be done because they are being out gunned by the cartels. The cartels are growing in numbers due to the fact that many who once worked for the Mexican government, police department or were part of the military are now joining the cartels. Mexican government can’t come close to paying as much money as the cartels are willing to pay them. Many are being hired as hitmen or assassins easily, also out of fear of being killed by the cartels.

The cartels are terrorizing the country with public acts of violence. Bodies are turning up all over, many are found beheaded, burned or dismembered to instill fear in the opposing cartels, Mexican government officials, and anyone else who is observing. Most victims are involved directly with the cartels but some are innocent civilians that are kidnapped or murdered for no apparent reason. Some cartels have even went as far as posting killings on YouTube for the world to see. Mexico is turning into one of the kidnapping capitals of the world which is affecting the economy because tourists are afraid to travel to certain cities.

The level at which the cartels are functioning is becoming much more refined than your average street gang. They employ the world’s best computer technicians, accountants, lawyers, doctors, etc. If this continues, the Mexican government may find itself in a position were it must either surrender the country, join the cartels or be destroyed.

The epicenter of violence in Mexico remains Ciudad Juarez, where nearly 2,000 people have been murdered in a drug/mafia war over the past year and a half, many of them are just boys (although some are young girls too). 80% of the victims are younger than 25 years old. Many people throughout Mexico have suffered due to the violence but the areas where the most violence occurs are Baja California, Guerrero, Chihua¬hua, Michoacan, Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon and Sinaloa.

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The Mexican drug cartels are recruiting very young soldiers to fight.The violence is fueled by the cartels who have begun seeking younger and younger recruits. The cartels recruit young boys from the School of Social Betterment for Minors (and schools similar) on the outskirts of Juarez. They target young delinquents who usually are in these schools for robbing, killing or selling drugs.

“Sicaritos are children who are assassins, 13 or 14 years old,” says Soto, a high school student. “The cartels give them a weapon to use. It’s easier for a boy. If he’s older, he thinks too much, he may think about the consequences. But when you’re young, you think you can take on the world.” “To be an assassin, you can’t think,” says Daniel, 16. “You just do it, grab a pistol and go kill somebody, or whatever. It doesn’t matter if you die or not.” Soto adds, “If you don’t have a mother or a father, you have no one to believe in you, then it’s easy to fall into this, to be a delinquent.” Their immaturity and naivety produce fearlessness. For young boys who are marginalized by society, cartel membership brings instant respect, power and social recognition.

Who is to blame? The government? It doesn’t have much time to provide healthy activities for the young people to take part in due to the country’s internal turmoil. The parents who already live in fear that one day their family may be killed by the escalating violence? Criminal activity and trouble are what is left to occupy the youth’s time. Young people don’t have much of a choice growing up in a environment that shows them that it’s ok to kill, steal or sell drugs. Many youth get involved because joining a cartel becomes their means for survival and some have even expressed their desire to avenge the killing of relatives or friends. Poverty and lack of access to educational or work opportunities are additional factors. Family and peer pressure also play a factor in youth joining forces with a drug cartel. Unfortunately, child soldiers exist in all regions of the world in almost every country where there is armed conflict. As long as the world is being ruined by corrupt government mafias, this will continue to be the trend worldwide.

Firearms are not legally available for sale in Mexico, so drug cartels must smuggle them through the U.S. or Guatemalan borders, or by sea. The United States is known to be a main supplier of weapons in this ongoing drug war in Mexico and Central America. It is estimated that 95% of weapons used in the drug war are arriving from the United States illegally. It is also estimated that over 2,000 automatic fire arms each day are making its way across the border into Mexico.

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Only one day after offering $2 million for tips leading to top drug lords, it was announced Wednesday that Hector Huerta Rios, also known as "La Burra" or "El Junior," was arrested Tuesday in San Pedro Garza Garcia in Nuevo Leon state. Whether this is the real “Drug Lord” or not, the problem continues

Illegal drugs aren’t foreign to US soil. The United States is one of the biggest drug markets in the world. How is this possible, considering that “The War on Terror” has allowed the United States Congress to pass bills that have basically led to all US citizens surrendering their rights of privacy they once had? In a time of economic crisis, it is not a surprise that violence is steadily climbing especially along the border of the US. People are becoming more desperate and impatient due to the money issues taking place across the globe.

The United States government has a long history of importing drugs into this country, even while they were advertising the famous slogan that is very similar to the one we have been recently bombarded with since 9/11. The “War on Drugs” slogan preceded the now famous “War on Terror”. The History of the “War on Drugs” in the US started back during Richard Nixon’s administration but was made more popular by the Regan Administration. Nancy Reagan’s famous quote was, “Just Say No”. This was in the early 80’s when crack cocaine started to “mysteriously” find its way into every poor predominately minority community. Crack cocaine has and continues to devastate inner city communities all over the country. Many communities still have not recovered because crack cocaine isn’t the only drug that is made easily available at cheap prices. Heroin, methamphetamines/ amphetamines, and marijuana were responsible for 8,736 drug deaths in one year in the US. So the question remains, what happened to the “War on Drugs”? We don’t hear about it anymore even though the number of people using drugs continues to increase, the number of drug related crimes continues to increase, the number of deaths due to overdose continues to increase. The drug war in Mexico is just as big of a problem for the people of the US as it is for the people of Mexico because the drug cartels are rapidly establishing themselves in American cities like Atlanta, New York City, Anchorage (Alaska), Chicago, even rural Tennessee and South Dakota.

What is really being done about this? We must be honest in our assessment of our government and their agenda(s). If the goal of this country was to put an end to drug trafficking within its borders, an effective plan would have been implemented to make sure it is done, considering they have the means to do so. Maybe that was never an honest goal of this government, especially considering how much money they make in their involvement with drug trafficking and how many minorities were imprisoned with the “War On Drugs”. It is estimated that the United States government makes close to 38 billion dollars a year from the drug trafficking that is taking place at our Mexican border.

The United States is no stranger to war. Nearly every war that has taken place in modern history, we were either at the center of it or we played a significant role. The United States’ continued pursuit for power has allowed them to be positioned as the number one world “super power” and with this being the case, we have interest all over the world and will go to great lengths to get what we want at any cost, bottom line!

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On The Ancestral Path

On the Ancestral Path – Ancestral Quality

As human beings, we are on a continuous quest to find an understanding of who we are in relation to the world we can see. This keeps us in a very weak position because the world we can observe, in and of it self, reflects who we are as humans. Let’s give some serious thought to that. The question then becomes how can we become more than who we are if our only point of reference is what we can see? This is the dilemma we all face and it manifests itself in the different behaviors we exhibit. We have proven to be a confused civilization without the necessary direction or guidance that will birth the quality we are looking for in ourselves or others.

It is very easy for one to believe that he is a high quality individual, especially when he compares himself to someone else of the same conditioning. We often tend to base an individual’s quality on how well he maintains his lifestyle or how much prestige he has acquired from his lifestyle. It then becomes the goal of individuals within that society to strive for that, which would first entail receiving a good education with hopes that that would lead to being offered a good job. In most communities, such an individual is respected by his peers and family if he is able to obtain these goals. In reality, this only makes that individual a well educated slave for the society, but the majority of us don’t see it that way because the society does not educate us to deal with reality.

Quality is purely an internal force within us all that cannot be dictated nor judged by this society. There is really no point of reference for one to compare what he has been taught by this society, outside of the personal interests and ambitions of the leadership of said society, which are based solely on consumerism. The consumer may feel that he is gaining something that he may pay for, but really it is the person who sold it to him that truly gained. Let’s look a tfew things our society sold to us: education, religion and health. Can we honestly say we have gained something from these “products”? If so, wouldn’t our behaviors be reflective of a highly advanced, healthy and enlightened society? So as we can see, quality cannot be bought or sold.

The act of elevating our human qualities can only begin when we have a model of quality that we can look to and attempt to copy or reproduce. Our ancestors have already provided that model for us. But it is because of how we are educated and the religions we adopted that we have refused to recognize the world that our ancestors built before these modern tools of assimilation came into play. They built a world of quality that was not based on how much prestige an individual may have acquired, but more so on how harmonized they could be with their surroundings and everything in it. This means there were no winners or losers. There was no rich or poor. The focus was only on appeasing their Neteru (Gods), their ancestors and respecting nature. Adhering to these three aspects created the harmony that enabled them to have a deeper understanding of not only the world they were able to see, but also the spiritual aspects of themselves within that world. This is the definition of enlightenment. Now compare that to the goals our society has put there for us to chase.

In our present society, we are all drowning in an ocean of ignorance. We are trying to solve problems that our ancestors already had solutions for. Maybe it’s time to get closer to them if we want those solutions. Has our modern educational system offered us any tangible solutions to our suffering? Has our health care system (who still has not yet found cures for most illnesses we are afflicted by) offered any tangible solutions to our suffering? Have any of the modern religions offered us any tangible solutions to our suffering other than telling us to accept it by way of faith and belief?

It’s time we exercise honesty and admit that none of these vehicles have proven to be effective in our practical everyday lives. But yet we spend billions of dollars chasing these societal farces in hopes of finding a sense of security and peace within our spirits based on what we can observe and understand about this world. The irony can be found in the fact that this world itself is just an illusion and projection of the world that we are really preparing ourselves for, the world of the dead (Imentet).

The Imentet is the world that our ancestors understood very well. They taught us that it is this place where we were all born from and where we shall return after our life on Earth. They taught us that this is a place of purity. They taught us that this is a place absent of corruption. They taught us that this is a place of honesty. They also taught us that this is where our souls reside for the longest periods of our existence. It is only after being in the Imentet for a period of time that we make our return journey to the world of the living here on Earth. This is the cycle of life that enables every human being, through lessons learned on Earth, to reach a state of perfection. These tenants of the Imentet are what our human qualities should be compared to: purity, honesty and non corruption. But at the same time, it remains to be these same tenets that present the greatest challenge to each one of us to adhere to.

This is why we need the help and guidance of the ancestors. They make themselves available for this purpose. It is because they see and know much more than they did while amongst the living on this Earth, that they are able to guide us towards the spiritual qualities that will not only allow us to build a better world here, but also the spiritual qualities that match those principles of life in the Imentet.

A human being left on his own is capable of doing anything. A human being that has the support of his ancestors will always be made aware of what not to do, which is a much stronger position in which to exist. Do you agree? Hetep.

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Khefira Hasati

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On the 28thday of the month of Mesut Re in the year 408 of the Sidereal Calendar (Sept. 2nd, 2009), our beloved sister Khefira Hasati transitioned into the World of the Dead (Imentet). Though she lived a short life, reaching the age of 33, her accomplishments were enough to fill an entire lifetime. In the year 404 (2005), Khefira moved to Chicago from Seattle, WA. to join the Earth Center where she studied directly under Dogon High Priest, Master Naba Lamoussa Morodenibig as well as his eldest students. She became a part of the 3rd generation in Chicago, one of the last to have the privilege of experiencing Master Naba and his teachings. She excelled in all three areas of the M’TAM initiation process and within a year she passed the first level, graduating along with 7 other members in her generation.

As with the traditions of the Earth Center, graduates are provided with Kemetic names based on the earth energy (Bayuali) readings that are done by the priests of West Merita (Africa). The name “Khefira” was given to her by Master Naba and it’s translation from the Medu (hieroglyphs) into English meant “Ra watches over”, her last name “Hasati” that she shared with the rest of her generation meant “guardian on the rise”. Our sister Khefira Hasati was just that, a rising guardian who Ra watched over. She fully dedicated herself to the Earth Center’s movement; living her life as a Kem, applying the Kemetic values, philosophy and 77 commandments. When Master Naba moved back home to Burkina Faso, West Africa to continue the growth of the Earth Center, she along with her husband Nehez Meniooh         (2nd generation initiate) took over the Earth Center in Chicago, while Master Naba’s eldest student Bikbaye Inejnema led the school in Brooklyn, New York.

She spent full time working to promote and preserve traditional African (Kemetic) culture and spirituality. She became a traditional healer, as well as an M’TAM instructor. Khefira was truly a gifted individual, talented in many ways. Not only was Khefira a healer and a teacher, but she was a dedicated wife and a mother for her own daughter as well as for the rest of the Earth Center children. She was a born leader, as well as a strong role model for women, a comedian, an artist and dancer, a photographer, a magnificent cook, a writer, a counselor, and a business manager. She spoke many languages, including the initiatic language of Medu. She traveled to different countries, studying cultures and spiritual philosophies, and she blossomed within the Earth Center to eventually become the backbone of our organization.

Her physical presence is greatly missed, but we as Kem understand that death is what we prepare ourselves for, it is just a stage in the natural cycle of our becoming. Through her death in the physical realm, she has been born into the World of the Dead. She joins her ancestors where she will prepare herself for her next reincarnation. As with Master Naba, Khefira has done her part in bringing quality to this earth. She has touched many lives all around the world and the history that she left will continue to inspire us. Kemetic wisdom teaches us that the life that we live should be compared to the instance of a dream in the night of a sleeper. Khefira’s life was that dream that only lasted for an instance, but like certain dreams, we will go on remembering her for the rest of our lives.