Book Commentary – PRECOLONIAL BLACK AFRICA

PreColonial Africa

Just finished reading the classic “PRECOLONIAL BLACK AFRICA” by the Master Teacher Cheikh Anta Diop. A reading that has been translated from French to English; so the writing can be challenging for those most comfortable with American-English grammatical semantics. However, the content is highly desired for inner-standing the cultures and movements of AfRaKans before the major invasions of religion and land grabbers. I will sometimes call these precolonized AfRaKans… “the traditionals.”

Although the book confirms many known situations that still exist in tribal societies today. The focus of this blog posting is to mention terms, activities and situations new and awaking for me. I also will Not get into many of the book’s war stories. I’ve already blogged about the first chapter of the bookblogged about the first chapter of the book. Now I want to give a brief summary of my highlighted comments about the rest of the book:

Sankofa List:

  1. The Land is Free
  2. Unified Communities are Powerful
  3. Maternal-linealism
  4. Servant Leaders
  5. Arabo-Africans
  6. Protective Foreign Trade
  7. Religion Replaces Spirituality
  8. Open Door to Slavery
  9. Capitalism Preferred
  10. Cultural Destruction

Part1: Be-fore Colonization

#free-the-land

As I’ve felt in meditation while connected to nature; I draw from my readings that precolonial AfRaKans be-lived that no one owned the land. Instead; it seems their cultural activity centered around respect for Mother Nature. My readings insist traditional AfRaKans “used” the land. And that private ownership of areas of space was not a consideration. Rather, seasonal rental agreements were provided to those who demonstrated the skill to make good use of the lands. But as the invasions advanced; there seemed to be much confusion on how to protect something that wasn’t meant to be taken by anyone. So the per-colonial AfRaKans were caught-up in a concept of trying to defend the land with no sense of why/how the invaders could take private ownership of something that didn’t belong to them… or anyone else.

#powerful-AfRaKans

The largest and oldest empires of AfRaKa are listed in the book as the Sudan, Ghana, Mali and Songhai. And from these states the author suggest most other precolonial civilizations formed on the continent. Maps and other documentation provides evidence that before colonization, major migrations of precolonial AfRaKans started as the result of European invasions. One group of Sudanese immigrates moved to the west and called themselves the Kare-Kare… in honor of the Upper Kemet deities Ka and Re. The Yoruba that migrated to parts of what is now Nigeria can be associated with the ancient Sudanese by evidence of their cultural worship that is also very closely aligned with that of Upper Kemet Goddess and Gods. Modern day Wolof clans honor the ostrich symbolically the same as Upper Kemet’s BA spirituality. Other migration paths were marked by monoliths describing a Sky Earth agrarian culture most similar to that of Upper Kemet.

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Meroe, the ancient capital city of the Sudanese empire, has been considered to be one of the earliest civilizations on Earth. The vast lands of Meroe are said to have been so sophisticated; the citizens made readily use of astronomical observatories; drawings of mechanical instruments; and mathematical equations written in stone. The book suggests eighty-four (84) pyramids stand today around the city that was once Meroe. In many literary circles, the Sudan is considered the lands of ancient Upper Kemet… sometimes also called Nubia.

#inter-tribal-unity

The author mentions that precolonial AfRaKans may have been the first to participate in inter-tribal unification to create powerful cities. Supposedly, their alliances and associations were unlike anything found anywhere else in the world at that time. And with the establishment of these powerful cities came about the chosen responsibility to provide for all its citizens. The book suggests one of the empire’s primary roles was to nurturing all its children.

#maternal-linealism

The book describes how before the invasions of Islam, maternal-linealism was the practicing guideline for leadership and inheritance. Maternal-linealism depicted the future ruler always come from the present ruler’s sister’s daughter or son (niece or nephew). This was very important for at least three reasons:

  1. only the woman carries the true bloodline of a tribe; and therefore the ruling bloodline is secured in the ruler’s sister (you might want to study your chromosome and DNA truths to inner-stand this concept).
  2. rulers were more capable and encouraged to inter-marrying to keep their communities fortified; and even if the sister by chance inter-married; the bloodline of her children would always still be stronger.
  3. nieces and nephews make better servants of the people than princesses and princes.

And maternal-linealism was Not only practiced by the royals. Common people used the same system for inheritance determinations. To the point that traditional AfRaKan children many times carried the names of their aunt and uncles instead of their parents. The mother’s-sister’s name was considered sacred. I’ve always read how important aunts and uncles were to a village of AfRaKan children. Maternal-linealism makes more sense to me now.

#servant-rulers

The book suggests that roles and responsibilities of precolonial AfRaKan rulers was very different before the invasions. A ruler would be required to have a “vital life force” great enough to carry/protect their entire kingdom. Many precolonial rulers would be given a talisman in the form of a lion’s fang to concentrate their amount of life force. And when their level of vital life force diminished; the ruler was symbolically killed (or exiled from the kingdom) as to not weaken the community’s ontological forces with the superior universe. Many great precolonial empires of AfRaKa kept the Pharaohic traditions of Upper Kemet.

A statement is made in the book that precolonial AfRaKans be-lived a vacant throne created anarchy. But proper royal authority included a great responsibility to serve the people. And thus rulers led very “strictly regulated” lives. Royal traditional leadership practiced orthodox AfRaKan spirituality so they could perform all cultural rituals. Rulers of the people were trained to never raise their voices; and to control emotions that would impact their citizen’s sensibilities.

Examples are given in the book where it was common for queens and kings to raise the daughters and sons of other tribal communities to ensure comradery between the kingdoms. This comradery of princesses and princes many times prevent war; and provided for the sharing of ideas and innovation. And when the kingdoms were forced to fight the Asians; the princesses/princes would put themselves in harms way; taking up arms to lead the traditional AfRaKan armies.

#segregated-trade

The author claims the traditionals were not very much interested in travel and exploration because everything they wanted and needed was already provided for them on the continent. He suggests that mostly all innovation to travel long distances and over the high-seas was invented in Upper Kemet; the Sudan; and Nubia. And the technology was given to the Arabs and the Asians. To the point that most AfRaKans stayed home; and used Arabs and the Phonetician as trading contractors. As a result; all roads of travel across the continent were kept safe.

I already knew that before the colonial industrial atrocities began; gold was the major currency of trade for precolonial AfRaKans with foreign people. Gold was very plentiful for those of the Sudan, Ghana, Mali and Songhai empires. Any and all citizens could simply collect the precious metal from their rivers after the season of inundation. No mining needed. The author suggests very sought out items of precolonial AfRaKans included salt, copper and cowries from the Indian Ocean via Persia.

One interesting trade practice mentioned in the book describes how closed societies refused to physically interact with foreign traders. For these self imposed segregated traditionals, a unique trading method was necessary that included an honor system. With the system, the foreign trader would leave their goods in plain view, over nights for members of the closed AfRaKan community to evaluate. The traditionals would then leave amounts of gold near the foreign items as they deemed a fair trade. After the precolonial AfRaKan shoppers left; the foreign traders evaluated the gold left for acceptable trading terms. If the foreigner agreed to the trade; they took the gold and left the goods.

Part 2: Turning Points for Destruction

#religion-replaces-spirituality

Many Pan-AfRaKans today do Not speak of how important matriarchy and spirituality was to the precolonial AfRaKan. And even as most consider the beginning of colonization in AfRaKa to have been the coming of the barbaric Gallo-Romans; the author gives examples how AfRaKa was first colonized quietly and non-violently by organized religion. Arabs peaceably moved to the most northern parts of the continent when the great AfRaKan empires showed no interested in the Saharan desert land. The author calls the traditionals who integrated with the Arabs of the north; “Arabo-Africans.” Many of the Arabo-Africans were from Mali and are known today as the Moors.

Some of the precolonial AfRaKans considered organized religion evolutionary progression. And when many of the traditionals refused to conform to religious affiliations; they were often scorned, mistreated and considered dirty outcasts.

From what I take from the book; precolonial AfRaKans converted to Islam from Arabia for mostly two reasons;

  1. to align with the Arabs to fight the Europeans.
  2. to follow the leadership of their rulers who where intimidated to convert.

But the “Black Muslims” integrated some of their spirituality into their conversion by continuing to honor their ancestors and other sacrificial rituals. Arabo-Africans would still perform circumcisions on their children; and send them through rites of passage that taught the secrets of the universe. They would continue to cover themselves with dust or flour as an act of humility when in the audience of a royal or other high official.

Another major reason why precolonial AfRaKans may have more easily converted to Islam over Christianity was for the supposedly writings in the Koran that forbid Muslims taking/making slaves of other Muslims. Where all a slave had to do to become free was to convert to Islam.

But with the invasion of organized religion; queens were replaced by male only kings. And the kings were relieved of their spiritual duties. Instead, kings became administrative principals with reputations for being tyrants. While Muslim leadership took over the influence of the AfRaKan people. With Islamization, justice was dispensed by the laws of the Koran. When precolonial AfRaKans followed natural universal law practiced in their spirituality.

Even after AfRaKans began to realized they had given away their essence of lay Republicanism; they refused to return to tribalism. Instead, colonized AfRaKans adopted materialistic politics that included the practices of individualism and centralization.

#open-door-slavery

Before major land-grabbing invasions of AfRaKa began; western Asians were already coming to AfRaKa for trade. During 990 AD, a group of Europeans called the “Berbers” lived within the Mali and Ghana empires in peace… ruled by AfRaKan queens and kings. Traditionals acquired slaves through markets and wars; as described in my first posting. Just as well, the Berbers began to take slaves… while living under AfRaKan political power. If only the leadership of those empires could fathom how leaving the door to slavery wide open would affect the continent…

On page 142 of the book is a VERY IMPORTANT statement on how much the European slave trade impacted AfRaKa:

It has been estimated that the slave trade swallowed up one hundred to three hundred million individuals, dead or shipped to America. So, had it not been for slavery, the total figure of Black population on the continent would probably have been four times what it now is: it would have been in the vicinity of four hundred million. Otherwise, the estimate is 100-300 Million ripped from the land. What a sad state of affairs for the purpose of capitalism.”

#post-colonial capitalism

After colonization… capitalism and European constructs against natural evolution grew in AfRaKa… of and by its people. Due to the horrors of slave marketing; theft of land; and raping of resources; many AfRaKans lost cooperative economics. Money as currency became preferred over a worker’s ability to barter her/his skills as direct trade for services and goods. Centralization of all resources became controlled by the colonist. Traditional workers lost their livelihoods; and had to survive as vagrants. With colonist-rules instituting harsh penal policies to further oppress the AfRaKan.

The author does Not suggest the precolonial AfRaKan should have never evolved from the traditional ways. But there probably would have been a more natural progression of economics for the AfRaKan if not for colonization. Although many AfRaKans today sincerely reject the traditional ways of tribalism. Many leaders today agree that fair labor and trade comes from professional associations where as in traditional times households kept a monopoly on a specialty that was both valuable and needed to its village. Little to no direct competition for a household would provide generational opportunity to thrive economically.

Before colonization, resources were plentiful in AfRaKa. And there was no need for the hording of land and assets as with capitalism. A more “natural economy” exists when AfRaKans produced and consumed only what they need. But capitalism incites the AfRaKan to do business for the pure purpose of profits. Capitalism is designed to create unnecessary busyness to create more wealth. For the AfRaKan, forms of excessiveness only brings social anxiety. The book is the only mention I’ve ever read describing Chaka, king of the Zulu, as a pawn for the English to infiltrate other South AfRaKan clans.

#intellectual-culture-destruction

The great Mali empire once hosted Timbuktu, the greatest institution of learning on Earth. The city was once filled with determined, curious minds lead by Master Educators who didn’t take pay. These teachers and trainers main focus was to ensure future generations of AfRaKans were trained to evolve the noble practices of traditional AfRaKa.

But after colonization, the city de-volved to a hybrid of people that “only concerned themselves with hatred, envy and discord.” It is suggest their interests in gossip, slander and covertness became the post-colonial path of the modern AfRaKan. The author describes how the Moroccan army of Spanish mercenaries looted gold and artifacts from the great institution; and ripped wood from the walls to use for boats. Destroying intellectual property was among the many atrocities committed to destroy the city of Timbuktu. Supposedly, in an effort to save some scholastic artifacts from Timbuktu; hundreds of documents of science “lay dormant” in dis-organized arrangements across the continent; and in European museums. The documents are evidence to the intellectual level of precolonial empires that no modern AfRaKans seems interested in.

Other innovation stolen after colonization include architecture and medical advancements. Precolonial AfRaKan structures built with rounded walls and entries are thought to have come from the Arabs. But the book emphasizes that traditional Sudanese style buildings were never square. Instead precolonial structures from precolonial Sudan were constructed oblong. At lot of medical science is attributed to the Greeks. But precolonial sciences of AfRaKa included successful cataract surgeries and cauterization of wounds.

The book is a total gem. I’m so fortunate to have read it. The author’s narrative was written with a very pro-masculine voice. But I could tell he had a sincere respect for the role of precolonial AfRaKan women.

I hope Pan-AfRaKan communities will greatly consider the points made in the book. The slavery of precolonial AfRaKa was so very different in how chattel slavery was conducted here in America. Private land ownership is just a crazy concept for excessive gains and selfish profits. The sooner we free the land; the sooner Mother Nature can help us and heal. And AfRaKans across the world would do themselves well to learn and inner-stand how early empires worked together to keep their power using maternal-linealism and servant-rulers. Foreign trade should never go as far as to completely destroy the natural progression of economics for an entire group of people. All those points can be used to make AfRaKa great again.

Asante Ashe.

Caste in PreColonial AfRaKa

PreColonial Africa

My Commentary from the book

Chapter One: ANALYSIS OF THE CONCEPT OF CASTE

KEY COMENTARY POINTS:

  1. Division of Labor vs Supremacist Slavery
  2. No Nobles No Caste
  3. Matriarchal Tribes Evolve
  4. Prisoners of War
  5. District Communities
  6. Land Ownership Feudalism

There have been many misconceptions taught and accepted that pre-columbian AfRaKans of the motherland captured and sold each other for profit. This confusion has created anxiousness between Pan-AfRaKans across the world. But slavery, as exercised in the United States and other lands of abusive colonization; was not the norm practiced in pre-columbian AfRaKa by the children of the Sun.

Point1: Division of Labor vs Supremacist Slavery

Pre-columbian AfRaKans mostly practiced something better described as a caste system that arose for distinguishing the divisions of labor. So that, as high civilizations evolved; villagers organized themselves by the career paths they chose or inherited. There were basically two divisions of labor: Slaves and Free-PherSuns (persons). The free pherSuns were even more distinguished by descriptors like “gor”, “ger”, and neno.” The Ger were nobles; manual professionals; and agriculturist (a sacred activity). Neno described artisans; shoemakers; blacksmiths; and goldsmiths. And unlike the abusive behaviors of supremacist slave owners; the ger could loose respect for exploiting others in a different caste. Because all caste, including slaves, were associated with some sort of power structure.

AfricanLabor

Point2: No Nobles No Caste

There are pre-colonial writings that describe that before the invasions of North Africa; no kings were found of the clans or tribes. I’m going to take privilege here to make an assumption that this may have been the case where a Euro-centric thinking author totally disqualified matriarchal ruler-ships. But either way; where there were No nobles; there was no caste system.

Point3: Matriarchal Tribes Evolve

The book suggests tribal systems began to be delineate as early as 1352 AD. And as groups of AfRaKans expanded into vast communities and societies; they organized into specialized professions that created a division of labor. Before then, the clans were indeed purely matriarchal. PherSuns were named after their mothers and father’s sister. Male inheritances went to the nephews. And names included a description of their clan.

Point4: Prisoners of War

What is usually not emphasized to AfRaKan-Americans is that AfRaKan slaves brought to the Americas; via the trans-atlantic slave trade; were mostly the result of becoming a prisoner of war, POW. As a result of their tribe/clan loosing a major battle; the defeated would be brought to the village of the victor after their own village was dismantled. Because their home became a conquest; they could be traded, gifted or sold. Many times, the leadership of a defeated clan would be purposely sent/sold far away as to not resurrect an uprising. While those with more passive attitudes could take on labor duties for the victor.

But the book makes it very clear that slaves to the mothers households were never POWs. Instead natives of the clan took on roles to serve the mothers. Whereas POW slaves could be used in fathers activities. This distinguishes further evidence how important the womben of any tribe or nation was. That the pre-columbian AfRaKan safe guarded its womben from potentially dangerous pherSuns.

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Point5: Districts Communities

The book lists 7-classes of free pherSuns in Kemet, ancient Nubian Egypt. The households lived in districts (nomes) associated with their class: -priest, -warriors, -herdsmen, -swineherders, -tradesmen, -interpreters, and -pilots. Since the book did not explain the roles of the classes; I’m going to provide what I’ve learned of Kemet:

Priest – Before the union of Upper and Lower Kemet, spiritual guidance was the role of the Sibyls. The Sibyls were all womben dedicated to the Great House or Pharaoh. After the union, male priest from Lower Kemet; which had already been integrated with Euro-centric thought; were allowed to provide guidance. I’ve read and viewed images of Kemetic locations; and re-member areas described as districts. One area that is of particular interest is situated near the Amenhotep III temple in Luxor; an abandoned area desribed as the District of MU or Womben’s District where statues of Goddess Sekhmet were found and stolen.

Warriors – The armies consisted of both a cavalry and infantry. PherSuns trained in the art of military and war made up the cavalry like the officer ranks we are familiar with. And non-professional laborers, including POW slaves, served as infantrymen. These warriors lived in a specific district; not unlike the military bases of today.

Herdsmen – This is most likely who we call ranchers that tend to domesticated animals. Like today, these districts were probably far from the cities; and included housing in the midst of grazing land. Since agriculturist are not pointed out; I’m assuming they lived in these rural districts as well.

Swineherders– This group was considered of the most un-pure and lowest of the classes by “Muslim religious” standards. But they were not any less wealthy or powerless than any other herdsmen. No other classes intermarried with the swineherders. Superstitions insisted Egyptians not touch pig or anyone who touched pig. It is my assumption the Muslims of Lower Kemet insisted on making the distinction between herdsmen. Swineherders districts were probably located in rural areas with other Upper Kemetic herdsmen who hadn’t converted to Islam.

Tradesmen– Sales pherSuns and market managers might have made up the tradesmen district. I can imagine community activity centered around this district for pherSuns to purchase goods and services.

Interpreters- From what I’ve learned about Kemet; interpreters would be todays master teachers. I’m also going to assume those practicing medicine and other science lived in these districts. In Kemet; medicine was considered an art; and every physician practiced a specialty by disease.

Pilots- Even though some would think aircraft didn’t exist during Kemetic ages; there are indeed words and art left in the stone that describe very advance means for transportation.  So that a pilot’s district probably included those in roles for transporting pherSuns and goods whether it be by land, water or air.

KemetAirplane

Point6: Land Ownership Feudalism

Every caste system was involved in cultivation of the soil; even the ruling classes. But the pre-columbian AfRaKan believed land could Not be owned or conquered. Instead, the respected poor of the village were entrusted with the spirit of the land. Earth was considered divinity; and it would be “sacrilege” to try and own it. The book suggests concepts of private land ownership didn’t begin on the continent until a sea port was developed by Europeans at the Cape Verde peninsula. And thus feudalism entered AfRaKa.

As I continue reading the book; I’m glad the author provided an analysis of pre-columbian caste systems in the first chapter. He makes it clear that slavery in AfRaKa was not as we know it in the Americas. But rather more so a division of labor… even though POW servants don’t seem to have had an easy life.

Looking forward to the next chapters.

Asante Ashe.

Euro-Academia Not 4 the AfRaKan

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Though we have the ability to be independent, we’re almost mentally enslaving ourselves to dependence.” – Dr. Marimba Ani

Just about to complete my third year working in the schools and I’m finally innerstanding why the system is failing our community.  After my first few assignments; I knew there was something very wrong. And it wasn’t because the teachers don’t care; or behavior issues from the students.

No wonder my children never considered education a serious matter.

The joke is on Us.  We have been trumped again; now that I’ve learned that the whole Euro-centric education system, here in the United States; was never meant to empower Us.

Truth is… Euro-centric Education is training the AfRaKan student to work against themselves. A European reality is an illusion to the AfRaKan. Euro-academia is designed to be objective, meaningless and de-spiritualized. With Euro-centric education, Afro-Americans are being mentally exterminated.  We don’t always consciously recognize it; but we live it everyday.

Don’t know the difference between Afro-centricism and Euro-Asian thought?  Here is a chart to help:

Afro-Centric Thought Chart

It’s NOT too late to remove the conditioning.

But the FEAR has to go.

We Must Love 2 Evolve.

Asante Ashe

My Neo-Kemetic Break Fast – Updated

So… sitting here eating bar-b-que chips at 10:30a; I’m compelled to update this post.  Please see changes/updates in red text as follows:

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Just wanting to share a little ritual I do most every morning nowadays.

I’ve been told a healthy bio-body is one that can fast every once in a while.  Well, I fast almost everyday doing what most formally call “breakfast.”  The objective is to allow the bio-body to properly cleanse before introducing any heavy foods.

Water on plate

I once read that our digestive system wants a schedule to fully and properly cleanse in the mornings (restroom); grab nutrients during our waking hours  (mid-day to 8p); and do digesting while we are sleep.  So that  if we are eating at all times of the day; our system can get its syncronozation off and cause us distress.

Nowdays, I actually break my fast using a daily morning ritual as such:

1st – When I wake up; and before putting any thing else in my mouth… I drink at least 2-glasses of water.  One glass may be coconut water.  Drinking water is my tool for being able to fast without getting hungry until morning is over.  It is said many times when we think we are hungry, we are actually thirsty.  So drinking the two glasses usually takes any hunger pains I have when I wake; it replenishes any hydration I need; AND it gives my body the green-light to start cleansing (by releasing my bio-wastes).  So during the early parts of the morning, I’m just drinking water, tea or coffee as part of my fasting ritual.

Coconut water

By 10a, I have used the restroom about twice (including a good bowl movement) and my bio-body may begin to ask for some nurishment.

Quick Note on Bowl Movements:  Never Strain…Drink More Water

So instead of eating any kind of processed foods between 10a and noon (or mid day); I go for a piece of fruit and/or nuts… so I’ve not formally broken my fast at this time.

I am ready to Break my Fast as close to noon (Re or  mid day) as I can.

Breakfast Bagel

But the KEY IS NEVER DIS-EASE YOURSELF.  If you want to try and Break Fast each morning; but some mornings it just doesn’t work out… Keep Kalm and try again the next day.

Eventually, my bio-body has synced up with the Break Fast; and my digestive system is feeling a lot better nowadays.

This is Just my Journey, I’m willing to share.

Lots of Light and Love, Asante Ashe.

7 Basic Neo-Kemetic Root Word Energies

the Ta Het Ra Ma Da Ka Ba

To Be Neo-Kemetic is to inner-stand Self and Oneness; and to embrace the source of our origins and life-force. Being Neo-Kemite is seeking personal evolution by personal journey using personal truth. And in my truth, I seek to change my thinking by using terms from my Neo-Kemetic culture. So after meditation and study, I’m adopting the following 7-basic root terms to describe my energies:

the Ta – Matter

From my studies, in ancient Kemet, the term Ta Ma Ra is used to name our planet Earth. The Ta stands for land or matter… such as in nature that includes water, wind, air and fire. These are truly the elements of our planet. When I’m rooted, I’m connected to the Ta.

Luau Sunset

the Het – Creativity

The attributes of GodIs Het-Heru help me inner-stand any word using the root “Het.” GodIs Het-Heru is usually symbolized by the cow spirit… representing mother’s milk. Every bio-organism comes from a mother. Thus the importance of the root Het to describe sacral energy for creativity. Het can also be associated with sympathy, empathy, compassion and caring; all great attributes for fostering co-partnerships.

the Ra – Solar

Not only is Ra associated with the Sun and the Krist (Christ); but the Ra is the energizing force to drive passion for purpose. The day the Sun stops shinning on me; will be the last day I have for natural evolution on Earth… because the Ra is an integral part of the source of my life-force (along with all other natural Beings.)

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the Ma – Nurturing

My Mother Nature is the Ma. But the Ma is not just divine feminine energy. All of the NTR can be associated with the Ma’at… a matriarchy where feminine and masculine energies are well balanced. The Ma helps me align Self (Ta, Het, Ra) with Oneness.

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the Da – Knowing

From my studies, the word/terms “Da’at” means knowing; and “Da’ath” means to die without knowing. So that, I will associate the root “Da” with knowing AND sharing. Because knowing without sharing is another form of greed and hording.

SoUl

the Ka – Soul

The word Soul is very similar to the Moorish Latin word Sol meaning sun, light, brightness or energy from the sun. And since the word Soul adds the letter “U” (you) to the word Sol; I derive the meaning for the word Soul to be “my enlightenment.”

If we associate matter with elements of the Earth and the Ether that provides connections to those elements…when the Soul connects to matter it ignites Essence. And Essence holds the keys to unlock the coded strands of our DNA. Our DNA is the blue-print for our consciousness instructions. Because consciousness determines how I choose life pathways:

-I choose my life-style;
-I connect 2 Spirit;
-I energize from Ra;
-I evolve through love;
-spirit connects me to other Ka.

Sol 2 Essence

And when my choices are fueled by “source energy” (Ra); ascension activities are enhanced; and my Essence is attributed to my “Life-Force” or Sekhem. Other cultures call it Kundalini Energy or Chi. When the Ka is joined with the Ra; I activate Solar (SolR) energy.

the Ba – Spirit

Ka + Ba = Spirit

Spirit creates connections for me to other Ka in diverse dimensions using the Ba. Even though Ka alone can represent “self”; joined with Ba, I achieve Oneness. People refer to their “spirit animals” when their Ka connects to someone/something in the Animal Kingdom. In prayer, I connect to my ancestors, in a different relm, using the Ba.

From these 7-root words, I now link the 7-Kemetic Intelligence Centers (ChakRa) with known medical science:

Root the Ta – Spleen Gland- blood filtering;
Sacral the Het – Gonad Gland – creativity and reproductive functions;
Solarthe Ra – Adrenal Gland – super natural growth for strength;
Heartthe Ma – Thymus Gland – T cells that protect immunity;
Throatthe Da – Thyroid Gland – metabolism;
1st Eyethe Ka – Pineal Gland – melanin synthesis;
Crownthe Ba – Pituitary Gland – nervous system.

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As always, I pray you stay on a peaceful path for your personal enlightenment. Please feel free to use my Kemetic studies on your journey.

Stay Well, Stay Woke, Stay Warm

Asante Ashe.

US Historical Amnesia

Part 1 – My notes from the book,

“An African American and Latinx History of the United States”
by Paul Ortiz

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I met Dr. Paul Ortiz back in February when he did a book signing at Texas Christian University. I hate to admit I just finished the book I started more than nine months ago… but it seems appropriate I can now publish a blog from my notes… as I camp on the Rio Grande River.

You may wonder why this text belongs in my Kemetic Studies blog space? And I say… it makes sense that just like the ancient philosophies and science of Kemet have been left from main stream American textbooks; we must demand history not more than 400 years young be part of modern history books.

I loved the book from the first page. It brought to me bold and clearly exemplified examples how US American history is written from an elitist perspective. I hadn’t thought much about it; but now I can clearly relate to how major contributions by the poor and working-class of our country are left out… a form of “historical amnesia.” Just as mentioned in the book, also in my history classes, Abraham Lincoln was glorified as a hero to Afro-Americans for “putting an end to slavery”; in his Emancipation Proclamation. But the entire narrative on how the US was founded on racial economics is not taught. It seems Dr. Ortiz is suggesting a “new origin narrative” for American history. A narrative that would include people like Carl Hansberry; an Afro-American, who in 1945 presented at a conference in Mexico to propose ending racism and militarism in the Americas.

Carl Hansberry Image

And how Geoconda Arguello Kline left her home land of Nicaragua in 1983; to help organize a labor union in Nevada that supported workers in 48-nations.

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I agree with Dr. Ortiz. Traditional US history has most often been written with emphasis that stretches to and from European lands. Hardly much of any details are found from the origins of Africa, the Caribbean and the rest of the Americas… what the author refers to as the “Global South.” How can the US declare itself a body of democracy; when its historical aspects of diversity hardy reach beyond Europe?

I learned from the reading… Mexico was the first country, in the world, to fully “frame in” a social democratic constitution. And unlike the US; that constitution of Mexico was realized With-Out racial economics (slavery). Latin America’s highest accomplishments for civil rights include: a Right to Organize; a Right to an Education; and a Right to Health Care. These aspects have been added to the UN Declaration of Human Rights. But the book author suggests Latinx have yet to be given credit for sharing their early accomplishments for providing opportunities for quality of life with the rest of the world.

The book is great about explaining how Afro-American and Latinx communities have more in common from an American Global perspective than what is originally thought. It has been widely noted that both groups of people have indigenous, African and European blood running through their veins, (Afro-Latinx, Indo-African, Moreno, Mestizo). Some Latin American countries consider Africa “Nuestra Tercera Raiz”; meaning “Our third root.” However, traditionally accepted historical literature make sure the two people’s events and activities stay distinctively separate. And modern day leadership seems to be attempting to widen the gaps for divisiveness. Truths must be known, to every generation; there are deep rooted connections between Afro-American Anti-Imperialist, Mexican Labor Unions, Central American Workers, and Caribbean Anti-Colonialist.

Dr. Ortiz suggests his book is an attempt to “chip away at the barriers that have been placed in the way of understanding between people, between nations.” He uses many examples of Fredrick Douglass’ speeches and writings to express Douglass’ insistence, that the center of the United States development has been imperialism and economic slavery. For instance:

-the US focused on Florida when a war was waged with the Native and Indigenous Americans of the Seminole tribes… concluding with the brutal Trail of Tears to a reservation that would later be taken away from them again and named Oklahoma;

-the Louisiana Purchase took away ancient lands from more Native/Indigenous Americans and further disenfranchised free Afro-Americans with hateful,greedy policy that intensified racial economics (slavery);

-the Annexation of Texas waged war with Mexico for rich resourceful lands;

-the Missouri Compromise consists of broken promises to keep slavery south and east of the Mississippi river;

-and the Pacific Railroad projects effectively created additional labor abuses by corporations… to Asian communities at that time.

The truths behind these and other racial capitalism is left out of history books; and can be described as historical amnesia.

The United Farm Worker Organizing Committee (UFWOC), co-founded by Cesar Chavez; is an excellent example of how Filipino and Chicana/o farmer workers came together with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on occasions. Together, they emphasized the struggles of working-class people for international liberation. Some suggest Dr. King’s anti-Vietnam War stance lead to his assassination when his movement’s attention began to highly focus on labor issues. King called for an end to slaughtering Vietnamese farm workers by US military. Ortiz suggest both Douglass and King believed “oppression and militarism” destroys attempts for the US to become “truly democratic.”

Some of the worse misrepresentations in US history involve how slave owning “Founding Fathers” attempted to write “civil liberties” in the Constitution of the United States. A constitution that developed policy for Racial Capitalism… where slavery is historically ignored as “mythological innocence.” The world should agree with the Colored American who can legitimately question the US as a “Model Republic.” A county with policy of buying a man for money; and hanging and burning him alive does not give the impression that the US is the freest county in the world.

It is eye opening to realize while reading the book, that in every expect; poor people have had to organize and fight for “civil liberties” that are not automatically granted in US policy. Therefore, “Self-Emancipation” must embody everyone in America… no matter their color, nationality or wealth bracket to “Make America Great.” The book quotes Dr. Coretta Scott King’s notes to explain… just as skin color hues of every American make us different; oppression for being colored and poor make us the same.

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Afro-American civil rights workers believed the victory of Cuba’s revolutionary war against Spain would “enhance freedom’s march everywhere.” Literature on these beliefs, and others, are available to be integral to US history textbooks on how early colonist fought many a battle against their European opposition. In a similar manner, there seems to be a double standard on what is good foreign policy when its appropriate for US military zones to start international migrations; that later classify those impacted as illegal aliens.

So what is the solution to US historical amnesia? For one, we must embrace the theme… There is More than One Way to be American. And US school curriculum must include the historical aspects of Afro-Latinx-Caribbean culture, pride, and struggle to enhance the traditional American history they already receive. The sooner we put an end to our historical amnesia. The sooner we are on the road to “Making America Great Again.”

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Side Note: It is not my intention to steal any wording or phasing from the book. I hope I was careful enough to not misrepresent the author or any content of the writings. Asante Ashe.

9-Steps To A Re-Sync of Time and Space

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So, I’ve been wanting to find a good way to re-synchronize with my time and space since I learned how the Georgian calendar was formed (yuck). Since I’ve been blogging about Kemetic Studies; and done a lot of writing for my first Kemetic Mythology book, “The Chronicles of Sekhmet on Olmecra”; I’ve decided to incorporate that rhythm into a synchronization calendar for days with intentions.

This calendar re-synchronization is a fusion of Kemetic beliefs, Kiswahili culture and Olmec (Mayan) counting systems.

I wanna share my first four week attempt; and get any feedback. But first let me explain how I used modulation to construct it:

Step 1. Solar New Years Day

Because we daily salute the Sun; I want to make sure my sync is celebrating the longest day of the year (Summer Solstice) as my New Year. In North America, this day is around June 21st each year. I know some say Kemet and the Olmec calculated July 26th as their New Year. But I’m sticking to what I personally have evidence of. Besides all that, Juneteenth Celebration is a particularly favorite for me. So I like celebrating the New Year around the same time Texans realized the country was finally liberated from chattel slavery nonsense.

Step 2. 52-Weeks of 7-Chakras

There are approximately 365 days in our full solar rotation. Keeping with the seven days per week model, to sync with the seven primary chakra; I use 52-weeks for my solar cycle.

Step 3. Poles and Moons

The sacred four-poles our Earth orbits, (South, East, North and West), nicely correspond to the four major phases of our moon (New, 1st Qtr, Full and 3rd Qtr). It takes approximately 13 of these moons to complete my 52-weeks, 364 day solar cycle (7 x 4 x 13 = 364). So I’m using a standard 4-week, 7-day format for 13-moons (months). For each moon number; I use the sacred number interpretations for month-long focus points. For instance, the number 10 is interpreted as “completeness” and perceived in Ancient Kemet to be used for recycling the prime numbers one and zero.

Step 4. Goddess Energy

To sync with my Lynoness Path Goddess Energy; for each four moon phases, I focus on the attributes of my Divi9 Femi9:

Moon Week1: THINKING like Goddess Shesat & Maat;

Moon Week2: NURTURING like GodIs NebHet, Mami Wata & Goddess HetHeru;

Moon Week3: ATTRACTING like GodIs Nuut & GodIs Aset;

Moon Week4: POWER like GodIs TefNuut & Goddess Sekhmet;

Step 5. Where to Start

The 2017 Summer Solstice started on Wednesday, June 21st.  So each week of my calendar synchronization will start with Jumatano (Wednesday). My start date is today, Feb 28, 2018. Counting from June-21-2017, I’m at Moon#10 and Solar Week#37. The 2018 Summer Solstice will begin on Thursday, June 21st. So I plan to shift my calendar for the extra day the Olmec called a “Day Out of Time.” And I will call my “Day Out of Time” New Year’s Eve.

Step 6. Kiswahili Days

Here are the days of the week displayed in Kiswahili:

Wednesday: Jumatano

Thursday: Alhamisi

Friday: Ijumaa

Saturday: Jumamosi

Sunday: Jumapili

Monday: Jumatatu

Tuesday: Jumanne

Step 7. Daily Intention Synchronization

With each week consisting of seven days; I give each day in Kiswahili an intentional focus:

Jumatano: Simply satisfied with my roots and Mother Earth.

Alhamisi: Passion for creative energy.

Ijumaa: Harnessing personal power from the sun.

Jumamosi: Be a loving being.

Jumapili: Sharing knowledge, truth and art.

Jumatatu: Practice intuition.

Jumanne: Connecting to the cosmos.

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Step 8. Rainbow Bridge Syncing

Bridging with other people in far away places is important to any Earth Goddess using her chakra energies. So I’ve picked seven places I would go using a Rainbow as the bridge:

Jumatano: The Heart of AfRaKa

Alhamisi: Nubian Matriarchy Kemet

Ijumaa: Mali

Jumamosi: Haiti

Jumapili: The Yucatan

Jumatatu: Kalifornia (California when Queen Kalifa ruled)

Jumanne: Papua New Guinea

Step 9. Pull the Modules Together

When I combine all these module steps together; I get the following Daily Earth Goddess Energy Synchronization for Time and Space:

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Moon#10 – Completion and Preparation to Recycle

Week 37: Thinking like Goddess Shesat and Goddess Ma’at

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Moon10Wk37JumatanoFeb-28: Jumatano

I come forth complete and simply satisfied with thinking on ways; to recycle good things from Mother Earth. I use the vibration of red on the rainbow; to bridge with the Heart of AfRaKa.

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Moon10Wk37Alhamisi

Feb-29: Alhamisi

I come forth complete and passionately recycling my creative energy. I think on the orange vibration of the rainbow; to bridge with Nubian Matriarchy Kemet.

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Moon10Wk37Jumamosi

Mar-1: Ijumaa
*FULL MOON*

I come forth complete, to harness and recycle, the power of the sun; and think on sacredness. I meditate on the vibration yellow of the rainbow; to bridge with Mali.

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Mar-2: Jumamosi

I come forth thinking I Am a complete loving being; recycling for evolution. I use the vibration of green on the rainbow; to bridge with Haiti.

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Moon10Wk37Jumapili

Mar-3: Jumapili

I come forth thinking how to share and recycle knowledge, truth and art. I complete my connection with the vibration of sky blue on the rainbow; to bridge the Yucatan.

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Moon10Wk37Jumatatu

Mar-4: Jumatatu

I come forth complete to practice using my intuition; and recycle it into wisdom. I think on the vibrations of indigo on the rainbow; to bridge with Kalifornia.

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Moon10Wk37Jumanne

Mar-5: Jumanne

I come forth complete to connect to the cosmos; for reciprocal star energies. I think on the vibration of purple on the rainbow; to bridge with Papua New Guinea.

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I hope this blog inspires you to attempt your own time and space synchronization project. Personalize one for yourself… or feel free to share mine.

Hotep. Stay Well.