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Haouti

 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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Ajdousa

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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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.

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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.

On The Ancestral Path

On the Ancestral Path – Unity

We can see unity in all things.The Earth Center, located on the South Side of Chicago, with locations in New York, San Diego, Ouagadougou and Los Angeles, is an organization dedicated to the preservation of not only Kemetic (African) culture and spirituality, but the unity of the entire human family tree. Under the guidance of, Dogon Priest/Kemetic spiritual master, Naba Lamoussa Morodenibig, The Earth Center pro­motes cultural and spiritual awareness, natural heal­ing and education on the highest level. In addition, The Earth Center also publishes The Rising Firefly Magazine of culture, philosophy and spirituality as well as the Sunnyside Magazine.

Being an organization with a focus on spiritual growth and transformation, seekers are given the tools to enhance their own personal human qualities as well as to ensure the preservation of the Earth. Such a task is a lot easier said than done, but since The Earth Center’s inception (born from the initia­tion camps of Tamert (Africa)), the number of people nationwide that have expressed desire to learn the authentic knowledge of Kemetic spirituality has in­creased and continues to do so. It is truly a beautiful thing to see how spiritual evolution manifests itself.

My name is Bikbaye Inejnema and I am Master Naba’s eldest student in this country. Being that I was always interested in learning the values and culture of the most advanced civilization the Earth has known (the Kemetic or Ancient African Civili­zation), I knew just seconds after meeting Master Naba ten years ago that I wanted to engulf myself in learning the things that society makes sure to keep far away from our awareness. Such knowledge is rare and is not taught in the educational system, churches, temples or mosques. Like many others worldwide, I always knew there was much more to the world than what is being presented.

Since January of 2004, telephone inquiries from seekers around the world have increased tremen­dously. There are many reasons for such interest, but the one that is most voiced is the notion of authentic­ity. People are becoming more aware of the falla­cies that are being force-fed to them by those that are motivated and driven by ambition and their own ego. Fortunately, anything built on a foundation of these factors will, sooner or later, be exposed for what it really is. The fact that Master Naba was the only authentic Kemetic/Dogon Priest allowed to teach the ancient/traditional knowledge of the world, outside of the mystery school initiation camps of Tamert, weighs heavy on the minds of many that are looking for the original source of knowledge. On the other hand, there are many who simply don’t care one way or another. The latter used to frustrate me because I knew how vital it is to be exposed to the highest level of knowledge for the survival of the whole humanity. Little did I know that these frustrations would also become a part of my education and understanding of how powerful the mind can be.

After learning more and more about the mental con­ditioning of people, those same frustrations evolved into compassion, tolerance and patience. Sensing my frustrations, Master Naba once told me, “Don’t worry, sooner or later, they will all come. Just be patient.” He spoke in a soft tone with a smile on his face. “We just have to stay vigilant and keep pro­ducing the highest quality of work,” he continued. “They will all come.”

Every day since then, his words have become evi­dent. The influx of emails and calls by those interest­ed in natural healing and spirituality is very assuring of a better world to come.

The Earth Center encourages and promotes em­bracing the most ancient human spiritual values known to man, the Kemetic spiritual system. The values within this culture are inclusive; interestingly, this inclusiveness has been questioned and shunned by many individuals that are active members of other African-centered organizations. Although such be­havior is based on the emotions of these individuals, the fact remains that the most challenging task fac­ing Kemetic (black) people is to cause or create a cohesiveness amongst the masses. To return to the same values of all of our ancestors, to have everyone on the same accord – where we once were before the destruction and colonization of the world – this is the goal. It is not impossible, and this makes it even more frustrating. But what I have been taught by Master Naba allows for a greater understanding of the major role that emotions play when it comes to the self destruction of the individual and how he af­fects his environment based on his reactions because of them. “Time and patience do more than strength and rage,” Master Naba has said on more than one occasion.

The truth is, our perception of things, people or places is merely based on what we know about them. It is the things that we don’t know about the world that divides us, and yet it is this same notion that al­lows us to be led by our emotions rather than our intelligence. These two components do not mix well together. They cannot coexist within the same mo­ment in time and produce anything of a positive na­ture. There is a whole universe of things we do not know, but that doesn’t mean that the knowledge is not there for us to learn – it is here and it is in the form of The Earth Center.

The time is now to take advantage of this rare op­portunity of being educated on the original Kemetic spiritual system, culture and values. Call The Earth Center at 773-285-0677 for more information about our products, services and classes. You can also check our website at www.theearthcenter.com

Survivor's Notebook

Survivor’s Notebook: Soilutions-Food Is Power

by Kasabez Maakmaah

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This prescoot melon is the ancestor of the cantaloupe. It was grown in the Samples' garden. After it is eaten, the seeds can be saved to plant more next year.

“Through study of the history of man, we realized that most of the knowledge that we enjoy today was acquired through man’s interaction with nature…” said Julian Sample as we sat outside on a sunny fall afternoon. I was there to interview him and his wife, Kenya, about the garden that they raised in a vacant lot next to their house and their organization, Soilutions.

Julian and Kenya have always been close to nature and their families have a history of farming and gardening. Kenya recollects, “One of my earliest memories is fishing on a very calm lake with my father and my grandfather about 5:00 in the morning and I was complaining to them that my mom was gonna be mad that I’m missing church out here fishing and quickly, my grandfather told me that if I really wanted to be connected to creation, the universe, and really be in God’s church, then the first place I should be is outside.”

They were inspired to start Soilutions after, “We began to do research on the food that’s most available to us. After we realized the truth in regards to how the food has been corrupted, we decided to act upon that knowledge and to make sure the that food that our children, as well as my wife and I eat was the best possible food that we could grow,” Julian explained. Kenya added, “We have 5 children. In order to really feed the children, we need to be conscious about what’s going into their bodies.”

The Garden

This year, their garden fed their family and many members of their community. They grew a wide variety of vegetables in their garden: Black Aztec Corn, Goyokumba Eggplant (West Africa), Cherokee Trail of Tears Black Beans, Paul Robeson (Russia) tomatoes, arugula, kale greens, celery, potatoes and more. They only use organic, heirloom seeds. Heirloom seeds are seeds that have traditionally been saved by families, generation after generation, as opposed to hybrid seeds, which have been selectively bred for certain desirable traits, often sacrificing taste and nutritional value for shelf life and other traits that make the crops more profitable.

Julian and Kenya’s farming practices are inspired from organic and bio-dynamic practices that are more harmonious with nature. They gained a lot of their knowledge about farming during a summer of volunteering at a farm in Pembroke, Illinois in Kankakee county. Continued independent study and work with their connections in Pembroke and Chicago has deepened their understanding. Kenya says, “It has turned into a lifestyle change for myself, my husband and our children.”

Their practice involves a more natural approach to growing food. Unlike many local farmers, they plant their crops directly in the ground, as opposed to using raised beds. Many claim that the soil in the city is contaminated. They explained that the lot that they use has historically been used as a garden. The abundance of plant and insect life in the soil was evidence to them that the soil supports life. According to the USDA, the soil of Illinois is unmatched for fertility in the U.S. and equaled by only three other places in the world.

“It’s really about being in tune and relying upon as much of a natural process as you can,” said Kenya. The Samples said that they had high crop yield this year, even while allowing nature to do most of their watering. Additionally, Julian and Kenya made a promise to the land, that they would do no harm. They use no forms of pest control and they say that the worst incident they had was when a Rabbit ate one leaf from a plant.

Food is Power

“People are controlling our community with the food,” said Kenya. It’s becoming more and more well known that most of the health issues that are plaguing people of the colonized world are directly linked to a poor quality diet. Many communities in Chicago have become what are called “Food Deserts,” meaning that the fast food and junk food are much more available than fresh fruits and vegetables. This is one of the most important reasons for us to grow our own food. “The highest form of control that we can take back for ourselves is our food intake,” Kenya proclaimed.

For Julian and Kenya, the vision extends far beyond their own back yard. They are committed to making a positive change in the world, especially for black and indigenous communities. Julian explains, “We realized that you have to have a platform to use if you’re engaging the community and attempting to affect change. What better way to engage our youth and adults to make transformational positive steps than utilizing agriculture?”

One of the key platforms of Soilutions is education. “We’ve created a hands-on curriculum (for ages 5 through high school) that places prospective students and participants directly with nature, growing plants and vegetables,” said Julian. The curriculum includes English, math, science, social science, and physical development. The Samples plan to provide students with incentives by offering community service hours that students are required to complete for graduation. “There is an entrepreneurial portion that’s added as well that will allow students to realize that they can control the entire chain of production, from planting seeds to maintaining a crop until maturity, reaping the harvest, having children manage farmers markets, pooling funds for projects for next season and creating the environment where there is community interdependency,” Julian explained.

Ultimately, they want people to visualize a career for themselves in agriculture. We would like to see that people take this project and say, “’You know what? I think I want to go into beekeeping or I think want to make my own soap, or I can get into food distribution,’” Kenya explains; “We’d like to see our community doing soil testing, distribution, manufacturing, processing. We could create a job environment for ourselves, with our own health care.”

The Grand Scheme

“The grand scheme is to create an extensive network of interdependent individuals. That network would include independent urban farmers who may just have a private garden in their back yard, someone doing vacant lot conversion, or also apartment communities,” Julian explains, “Once you have all of these individuals growing, we want to coordinate for the produce to be gathered, centralized and distributed to participating communities. We will have farmers’ markets in those communities where the children and adults will be involved in managing.”

Besides their own garden, The Samples have made other con

nections to start gardens in other parts of the city. “We have one in specific, London Townhomes, that has a large tract of land available. We have elementary schools interested in participating in the program, they have land available also,” said Julian.

“Green lifestyle should be further defined as our natural way of life. Indigenous populations lived this way for untold number of years before adopting a western lifestyle.” Julian added.

Kenya illustrates the urgency of the situation, stating, “It’s an emergency, we need to be planting.” With the cost of food steadily rising and concerns growing about a possible global food shortage, the need for a backup plan to the grocery store is very real, especially in the city, where it’s estimated that, on average, there is about two days worth of food in stock in the grocery stores.

Get Involved

The opportunity to grow food in the city is much greater than what one might expect. “I saw the possibility, a working definition from Pembroke. I think we can take that working definition and apply it to our lives in an urban setting. We have tons of resources of vacant lots, all of the aldermen are really with it, there are tons of people who are ready for something like this,” Kenya explains.

For those who are inspired to create a garden in a city-owned vacant lot, Julian says, “We’re trying to create a template amongst all the people who become inspired and want to duplicate this process. In short, you have to get some political support, so local aldermen, tell them what you’re trying to do. Once the alderman gives you the approval, that’s pretty much it.” They also recommend getting support from local block clubs.

But the vision of Soilutions doesn’t stop at gardening. Through Soilutions, participants can take trips to Pembroke to take classes in processing and canning food, identifying wild, edible plants, making their own soaps and oils and much more. They will be exposed to organic farmers who are raising their own free-range animals, house building with straw bales and solar energy.

Julian says ultimately, “We’re trying to create both the self sustaining community of food growers in the urban setting to create a successful network for distribution, teach agriculture skills, create products, take control of our communities and take control of our futures.”

The road to where they are has not been easy. At some point, Julian gave up a job at one of the biggest computer companies in the world and, with Kenya at home to watch the children, he was supporting his family by delivering pizzas. If you ask if it was worth the sacrifice, their determination to follow through on their goals and their strength as a family will serve as evidence. For Kenya, “This is a preparation of our future, just to have some sort of future that we control.”

Julian offered these words of encouragement: “Let’s be leaders of ourselves and our own communities. Once you take on that philosophy, it will give you the inspiration to do things that may have never been done before. You can put your energy behind an original idea, or an idea that is not common. Take yourself out of the matrix and act upon your inspiration. I’ve come to realize that the future that we’re experiencing is based upon the actions individuals who came generations before us. So if we want the future to be different than the one we are experiencing, then we should take the initiative to begin to craft what we want the future to be.”

For those interested in finding out more about Soilutions, Kenya says, “I always invite people to call me freely on my cell.”  708-704-9213  708-704-9213

Pembroke Farmers

Black Oaks Center for Sustainable and Renewable Living –  (773) 410-3446  (773) 410-3446

Iyabo Farms – 944-5891

Basu Natural Farms –  (815)295-7357  (815)295-7357

B & S Youth Center & Academy  (815) 944-8000  (815) 944-8000

Recommended Readings

Soul of the Soil by Grace Gershuny

Unbound by Wangari Maathai

Prescriptions for Nutritional Healing by Phyllis and James Balch

Recommended Videos

Songhai Sustainability Project

One Man, One Cow, One Planet

The Secret Life of Plants

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Myrck Sample poses next to ears of dried Black Aztec Corn to be used as seed for planting next year

Feature Story

Holy Days or Holidays

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During the holiday season, we celebrate these symbols of colonial culture. What is the meaning and history of these symbols and what are they doing for the advancement of humanity.

Since the beginning of human civilization, holidays or days of observance have been cherished as special occasions amongst families and larger communities. The original holidays of humanity are extremely important, and they started as holy days observing very specific spiritual and/or astronomic events. Presently, the “holiday season” still brings joy and comfort to all in colonial territories.

For years the origins of the colonial holidays have been exposed by honest researchers. Those origins have showed a very terrifying history of colonial barbarism, genocide and deceit. It is this deceit that seems to trap even those families who are aware of the origins of the holidays to continue – “with the spirit of the holidays.” It is this deceit that also keeps the origins of these celebrations hidden. Perhaps a look into humanity’s original holidays will supply us with holidays which we can substitute for these testaments to our own enslavement and hypnosis. Maybe if we return to our ancestral holidays, we can break out of the cycle of perpetuating evil which we are inappropriately passing on to our children as holidays.

It is ironic that the “Holiday Season” falls at the end of the Gregorian Year in the months of November and December. The names of these months will serve as our starting point for unearthing the dishonesty that is infecting our lives. The word November originates from the Indo-European words: novem meaning nine and mensis meaning month. The word December originates from decem meaning ten and mensis meaning month. Why would human cultures all around the world which call themselves developed allow themselves to refer to the eleventh month of the year as the ninth month and the twelfth month as the tenth month? This craziness is not hidden from our eyes. It is found in any reference book showing the origins of these words. The names of these months follow the names that were given to the months in the Roman Calendar. In the Roman Calendar, the name November was used for the ninth month, but today we confuse ourselves and our children by using the word for the eleventh month. This starting place is important because Roman culture in its political pursuits may have had a more reasonable reason for calling this month by the name November. History tells us this decision was made for no more reason than their pursuit to enslave the world under the Roman authority. Today, as we claim to be evolving into new heights of human genius, we must honestly admit that we are continuing this without any other logical reason than perhaps to show reverence and solidarity with our Roman predecessors. Is this why you use the names November and December?

The world around us is full of deceptions. Politicians and those seeking power can tell us anything with the intention of misleading or taking advantage of us. The one tool that we always have at our disposal is our method of investigation. No matter what intentions one claims to have, or who one claims to be, we can always investigate the path which they have taken to cross our own. Their history will tell us much more than their mouth ever could. The problem is that this tool has been silenced in the average citizen of the colonial territories. The backwards traditions that we have adopted during the colonization process seem to hook us so well with the vices of fun, comfort and convenience that our motivation to expose their true face atrophies and dies.

The Eleventh Gregorian Month brings in one of the colonial holidays that seems most dear to the average colonial family — Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving serves as a time for families to break away from their stressful, isolated, independent lives to come together in order to commune with their loved ones and teach their children the importance of gratitude and sharing. The origins of Thanksgiving amongst the English colonists on Maanu (the Americas) go back to the early 1600s. The events at the origin of this holiday raise the question whether we should really celebrate gratitude on such a day. According to James Loewen, author of Lies My Teacher Told Me, “More than any other holiday, more even than such overtly patriotic holidays as Independence Day and Memorial Day, Thanksgiving celebrates our ethnocentrism.”

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There are two speculations as to the origin of the reason for the celebration. One is found in a document which was supposedly lost until the late 1950s and which was written by a man named William Bradford. William Bradford was a resident of Plymouth

Plantation, which was a settlement of the English puritans (religious radicals) who arrived in “The New World” after having been exiled from England. William Bradford served as an assistant to the Governor of Plymouth Plantation. Many historians have concluded from Mr. Bradford’s writings that the true reason for this initial Thanksgiving was the increase in personal harvest for certain farmers because of the Governor’s recent decision to shift away from a system of communal farming toward a system of private farming. No longer were the Plymouth farmers forced to share their crops amongst the Plantation communally, but now they could grow what they needed individually, and this increased the yields each farmer kept. A celebration was held in honor of the Governor’s decision, and people showed their gratitude for the chance to keep their yields to themselves.

The second and more wide-spread understanding of the initial celebration of Thanksgiving amongst the Plymouth Plantation was due in large part to the lone survivor of the Pawtuxet ethnic group, a man named Squanto. Squanto’s lifestory is fascinating

European slavery had taken him away from his home on this continent and across the Atlantic into the European continent. His will to survive and return home brought him back only to find that his beloved Pawtuxet had been wiped out by the smallpox epidemic. At which point Squanto lived as a slave of the puritans on the Plymouth Plantation. His strong will and intelligence served them tremendously, he taught them agriculture and fishing. He worked out a treaty between the Plantation and the neighbouring Wampanoag Indian Nation. At the end of the first year of the treaty, a feast was held at Plymouth Plantation. Crop yields were high due to Squanto’s traditional expertise, and members of the allied Wampanoag Nation also came bearing contributions to the feast. There were three days of celebration.

The harmony amongst the Plymouth Plantation and their Indigenous neighbors was short lived. More English migrants came to the New World, and the Plymouth Plantation moved inland, forcing themselves onto other territories. The Pequot Wars soon followed. The Pequot was a very strong Indian Nation who did not give an inch to the Plymouth Plantation or any other European migrant group. In 1641, the Dutch governor of Manhattan offered the first scalp bounty (a common practice in many European countries). This together with the Puritans’ bounty for Natives to be sold into slavery increased the aggression towards the Natives. The Dutch and the Puritans joined barbaric forces to defeat the Pequot. In what is now Stanford, Connecticut the churches of Manhattan announced a Thanksgiving for the war successes. A big feast was held. During the feast, heads of decapitated Pequot Indians were kicked through the street like soccer balls. Similar days of Thanksgiving were held after every subsequent massacre in each respective town. George Washington, American Hero and first president of the colonies, brought some organization and schedule to these celebrations and restricted the celebrations to one day that could celebrate the success of the migrants’ barbarism around the nation.

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In 1863, Abraham Lincoln decreed the day to be a national holiday. Lincoln’s decree came on exactly the same day he ordered troops to march against the Sioux in Minnesota – perhaps his way of taking part in the celebration and its true legacy.

Such is the true face of the Thanksgiving holiday. It was initialized with a celebration for either a turn away from cooperative living or a celebration for the success of the genocide of the Native tribes found by the Puritans upon their arrival in the New World. Either way, the most fundamental and long-lasting parts of the celebration are the gratitude for the genocide and massacre of the indigenous populations of this continent.

But let’s not only shine a light on the direct line of the origins of our national holiday. The Wompoanoag held six thanksgiving feasts per year, and one of these feasts may easily have influenced the first of its kind amongst the puritans of the Plymouth Plantation. These were held for different cultural reasons, one being the yields of the yearly Cranberry harvest. This is not unusual, indigenous people all around the world hold celebrations to show their gratitude to the Gods and supernatural forces of existence that provide the harmony and the conditions for their survival and the survival of their crops. These indigenous holidays more than likely grew out of the Kemetic holidays which preceded them with the exception of those which were coined for new situations and environments that each indigenous group faced in their own location and particular experience.

In the original Kemetic calendar in the month of Ateeri which begins around November 9th of the Gregorian calendar, there is a very important spiritual holiday known as The Death of Wsr. The Death of Wsr is the anniversary of the death of the God Wsr or Ouziry, known by the Greek territories as Osiris and by differing names around the world. The God Wsr is the first God of the Second Trinity of Gods presented in the Original Kemetic Cosmogony or creation story. The Second Trinity of Gods is also known as humanity’s Ancestral Gods because through their decisions and experiences, humanity was given a chance to exist. The God Wsr was the first God to die. The God Wsr chose to live out his immortality — one of the basic qualities of every God — through the path of transcendence. This meant that he would die but his essence would transcend through his children and through them he would be given a resurrection. It was with Wsr that all of the religious stories of reincarnation and resurrection were inspired. It was the dichotomy between Wsr’s heir and son Heru and his brother Seth that would inspire the dichotomies found in all cultures around the world, such as the most well-known philosophical concept of the same nature: the Yin and Yang of Eastern philosophies.

Wsr was not only special to humanity because his choices are at the origin of our existence, but also because Wsr played perhaps the biggest role in the enlightenment of humans. As a God, Wsr took the responsibility for the progression of humanity into his own hands and, in doing so, taught humanity spiritual refinement, medicine, agriculture, astronomy and time division. Wsr’s death has been observed since the beginning of human civilization as a day of mourning and lamentation. On this original holiday, we mourn the death of Wsr. Though his choice for death allowed room in existence for our existence, his death still is of great sadness to us. We see the death of Wsr throughout the Earth at this time, for it is in this time that, due to the Earth’s distance from the Sun, many plants are dying, only to be resurrected in the cycle of life, a cycle that we owe to the decision of the God Wsr. It is because of this that Wsr is known as a vegetal God. It is because of this that Wsr is also known as a lunar God, as the cycle of the moon also serves to represent his death. In death, Wsr was cut into fourteen pieces, just as the waning of the moon is portioned into fourteen phases until it begins to replenish those fourteen phases towards its resurrection on the night of the full moon.

Celebrations around the world in this time show a connection to the concepts highlighted on this original holy day, many of which have become simplified to a show of gratitude for the agricultural cycle, a cycle that is heavily associated with the God Wsr. In Ghana, there is a festival that is held in the Upper Eastern regions by the Paga culture known as the Fao festival. This festival is a harvest festival that honors the Gods for the abundance of the harvest. In the Phillipines there are two festivals, the Kalimidan Festival (Nov 21st) and the Sandurot Festival (Nov 22nd) where the people of the Mindanao region and Dumaguete (respectively) unite with other ethnic groups to celebrate unity and cultural sharing.

However, some festivals are even more revealing. In Thailand there is a festival named Ooc-Om-Bok in which offerings and ceremonies are held to the Vietnamese lunar God. Another Ghanaian festival held by the Essumeja in the Bekwai District at the end of “November” is a festival known as Nkyidwo. This festival is held in the Asantemanso forest, known to be the ancestral site of the Asante. This festival celebrates the ancestral heritage of the Asante. Another Ghanaian festival in November is the Kwafie festival, a purification ceremony which uses fire. There is also a Nigerian Festival known as the Mmanwu Festival which also celebrates the ancestral heritage of the Igbo people.

These global festivals show humanity’s honest attempt at gratitude and evolution towards higher levels of development. If the citizens of the colonial territories of the world have any interest in the preservation of the integrity of humanity and the preservation of logical human customs, perhaps it is time we re-awakened to the true power of the holy-day. Perhaps the disregard for honest spiritual and intellectual pursuits in the legacy of our ancestors is a testament in itself to the loss that humanity suffered when the God Wsr died on Earth. However, the festivals that continue in his legacy of preserving and perpetuating life and seeking new levels of human purity and evolution attest to his power of resurrection.

The God Wsr has taught us many things. One of the most important things that his life as described in the Kemetic Holy Drama (lecture available at The Earth Center schools) has taught us is that every decision the human being faces is a decision between destruction and construction, to stop life or to preserve life. We must put aside the destructive lies that have been perpetuated on the world via the colonial territories and bring our families together this year to return to our ancestral holy-days. This year, The Death of Wsr falls on the Gregorian Date of November 26th. The Death of Wsr is observed with a fast from sunrise to sunset. During the fast, no one is to eat, drink, smoke, curse or procreate. Throughout the day, time is given towards prayer, lamentation, and mourning. At sunset, the fast is broken with the ablution and zemzem (Original Kemetic Spiritual Purification and Prayer, instructional DVD available at The Earth Center schools) and a feast may follow amongst friends and family.

Volume 8.3

What is News?

Galactic Imperialism

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On October 8th NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) an agency of the Federal Government ex­ecuted their LCROSS Mission, in which they intentionally fired a centaur rocket at the moon. The blast was launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida. Scientists were looking for sources of water in or­der to provide vital supplies for a manned moon-base. The centaur rocket which was propelled at twice the speed of a bullet was launched towards a crater close to the moon’s south pole. Scientists believe that ice could be trapped in the crater which never receives sunlight. Many NASA students and workers were very excited to watch the expected blast from their tele­scopes, however no debris clouds were visible as they had expected. Scientists state they have collected much data which now they are working to understand but much of their expectations were wrong.

Could their expectation of usable water on the moon be wrong? Could the viability of a manned moon-base be wrong? If so, $80 million dollars was thrown at nothing more than destruc­tive target practice on our moon. This is barbaric at best. Such a destructive, risky act seems unbelievable. This is clear proof that we are in an era of exploitation. We will exploit anything in the desperation we feel from the state of peril that we have put our planet into by the same means. We have fooled ourselves into thinking that we are improving life on Earth and making technological advances but we must wake up to the fact that we have drastically affected the natural order of our planet (and the universe) more severely in just the last fifty years than through all of human evolution since history can trace. We as American citizens should ask ourselves, if our government is presenting our ancestors as primitive and underdeveloped for respecting the sa­credness of life: What type of development are we now involved in? How much is our development worth if it is a development in which we will even throw bombs towards the “heavens”? Does the mad dog only awaken from his hysteria when there are no more bodies to bite? Can we afford that?

The Earth Center at The Diop International Conference

The Earth Center, a cultural center promoting traditional Ke­metic values, was presented at the 21st Annual Diop Interna­tional Conference by Dr. Mbuulih Tayoba Ngenge. Dr. Ngenge was accompanied by the director of The Earth Center, Herpw Bikbaye Inejnema. Herpw Inejnema is the eldest student of The Earth Center founder, Dogon High Priest Master Naba Lamoussa Morodenibig, and now heads the Los Angeles and San Diego branches of The Earth Center.

At the conference Dr. Ngenge, the head editor for The Earth Center’s Firefly Production Publishing House, made a presenta­tion explaining how The Earth Center was here to open a new era in Education for Meritan (African) studies and those in the Diaspora who are seeking reconnection to a heritage that the slave trades and colonial era has worked so hard to rip away from them. Dr. Ngenge explained how the Niger and Nile Valley civi­lizations have survived within the traditional initiatic communi­ties around the bend of the Niger river and how Master Naba and The Earth Center have created a bridge for humble, honest students to learn humanity’s original culture at a level of authen­ticity and preservation that is unmatched around the continent or globe.

In the fight to restore dignity and respect to Kemetic (tradi­tional African) civilization and ancestral cultures, many African and African American scholars have ended up qualifying them­selves and each other with the degrees handed down to them by the colonial education system. However it is this colonial system which has worked against their ultimate goals reclaim­ing their cultural identity, dignity and respect. The Southern Cameroon born Ngenge explained that these “titles” and “acco­lades” mean little for us if not at least paired with traditional initiations (like the one The Earth Center’s M’TAM School of Kemet­ic Philosophy & Spiritual­ity provide). Considering the overall objectives: to raise humanity back to the place of intellectual strength and natural har­mony that it once occupied when ancestral modes of education were the intel­lectual authority, this is imperative.

Ngenge and Inejnema were well received. Many conference members invited The Earth Center and Inejnema back to their universities. The po­tential of a Kemetic renaissance is astounding if it can be united under the authenticity of The Earth Center’s Kemetic values, the 77 commandments and initiatic education.

Taxing for Tithes

Controversy has surrounded recent financial decisions made by Illinois State Legislation. Many legal scholars have raised ques­tions about the constitutional validity of some recent decisions to provide money for religious organization and educational facili­ties. Attention has risen on this issue because $31 billion dollars of taxpayer money has been earmarked for religious organiza­tions in 2009. Currently, Christ the King Jesuit College Prep, a new Catholic High School being built on Chicago’s West Side has received a half-million dollar grant. This is just one of one hundred grants that make up the $31 billion dollar sum. Some of the other religious organizations receiving money are Telshe Yeshiva School ($100,000), St. Malachy School ($700,000), St. Anthony WW Temple ($750,000) and New Life Covenant Church ($100,000).

Religious charity workers deny that this raises a constitution problem. They claim that there is a high wall between the reli­gious practices of the organizations and the social services which they provide.

However, it cannot be denied that funding any project that al­lows these religious organizations to increase their presence also increases their promotions, exposure and influence. Taxpayers among Chicago’s South and West Side neighborhoods should think hard on this fact, considering that there are already more churches in their neighborhood than even in Rome (home of the vatican) or Israel (Christian holy land).

The Illinois State government is struggling to fund college aid or even pay the bills on health care programs. Funding more churches and catholic schools when there has been no over-all proof that inner-city morale is improved by these funds is just hypocritical. Christianity and Catholicism already have a wide-spread presence throughout Chicago so why the need for an additional $31 billion dollars? In light of the US federal and state government’s quiet yet apparent history of using religion to dominate and subjugate its communities, this spending becomes quite clear. It is important to remember that through all of the carefully prepared public speeches and campaigns that the num­ber one priority in politics is to maintain power. Christianity and Catholicism have ensured European/American dominance over people throughout the world much more successfully than guns and cannons. It is clear that one cannot surrender their educa­tion and their child’s education and development to people who’s care won’t go any further than their assurance of maintenance of power. Why would your governor ensure that your child is educated to be smarter than him? Citizens of Chicago must take responsibility for their family’s education. We can depend on the government for this, their mission has not changed over the last two centuries. We should let our voices be heard at the state leg­islation level, however we should primarily put our efforts into helping to privately fund and support projects and organizations that do have their families and communities best interest in mind, heart and hand.

In Chicago there are many private education facilities, there are privately funded Montessori Academies that receive funding through an organization called Galaesque. Montessori is a early educational philosophy in which the natural rhythms and evolu­tion of a child are observed and given priority in their education. A holistic approach is the focus. However, with the variety of choices throughout Chicago, one should investigate the shool’s administration and director to find out the religious influences, etc. Parents should also remember that they are always the first teachers, their example is the first and often most impactful on the child’s growth and education. The Earth Center school in Chica­go focuses on adult education and educating adults into an aware­ness of the dangers of colonial education and lifestyle. It educates adults into humanity’s earliest human culture, the Kemetic culture and in doing so gives the individual a wide awareness of human evolution, development and genius. Investigate the grassroots or­ganizations around you, do not surrender your future to powerful people interested only in maintaining their power.

Observing Indigenous Day of Resistance

President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, celebrates the Indigenous Day of Resistance with youth

President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, celebrates the Indigenous Day of Resistance with youth.

The question of colonial holiday’s holding any moral and in­tellectual legitimacy has been given much attention in the Sun­nyside Newspaper over the years. Sunnyside readers should not be ignorant to the problems that many people throughout the Americas have with holidays like Colum­bus Day. Columbus Day has been called by many a celebration of genocide of Ameri­can Indians and co­lonial domination of America’s historical accounts.

Though many people agree that these questions with Columbus Day are valid and American history needs rewrit­ing, few are willing to make changes without some alternative or substitute holidays that still allow them to celebrate or observe something on the day that their government has alloted them an off-day. Colonial society spreads many so thin in just having to keep up with their day to day survival that they find it hard to go further to improve their situations by changing old habits. This is even if our habits and customs have been proven to be outdated, irrelevant or even destructive.

In Hugo Chavez’ Venezuela they have started a new obser­vance that has replaced Columbus Day for many. This holiday is known as The Indigenous Day of Resistance and it was cel­ebrated this past October 12th. This day allows the inhabitants of Maanu (first traditional name for the Americas) to celebrate the spirit of resistance against colonial values, violence, and conquest by the original cultures of this conti­nent. In celebration of this holiday, many public displays and celebra­tion of traditional culture have tak­en place. In Venezuela, statues of Columbus have been destroyed or covered while requests have been made to replace them with leaders of the movement for traditional re­sistance such as Venezuelan Chief Guaicaipuro. Guaicaipuro was an instrumental figure in leading native resistance against Spanish colonization.

Where an individual puts their attention and energy is very im­portant. In respect of all the indig­enous ancestors who have given their lives to build and maintain cultures that fathered humanity, as well as resist the onslaught of invasions that threatened to dis­connect us from our heritage, may we all be mindful of where our energy and support is going… in observation and celebration of the Indigenous Day of Resistance.