While attending Kiswahili class, I was introduced to another one of the many connections to re-member how I’m connected to the NTR. First let me clarify, the word Kiswahili is the AfRaKan cultural spelling of what English describes as Swahili. It is the Bantu language spoken by many on the continent of African… mostly eastern nations.
The close relationship to aspects of the Sun in Kemetology inspired me to write about the Kiswahili clock in this Kemetic Studies blog. Kiswahili time is an expression of where the Sun is in the sky by day or night. I don’t profess to have read the entire coffin text of the ancient book “Coming Forth by Day”; but the title has always resonated with me literally. The word for day is “siku” and the word for night is “usiku.” This reminds me of the mentions in the ancient text for “world versus underworld.”
I’ve written about Melanin Synthesis being a parabola or sine function that insists that we must get a certain about of sleep during a certain time of the night to be able to produce the Serotonin we need to function as healthy hue-mans. Please read that blog here in my OuachitaMuur space…
From my inner-standing, the Kiswahili way of telling time follows circadian rhythms, and melanin synthesis; as well as presents respect for the rising of the star Sirius. Here is what I learned:
*The word for hour in Kiswahili is “saa”; so to say 1’oclock is to say “saa moja.”
*Some Eastern AfRaKan nations are so close to the equator, they get 12-Hours of daylight everyday.
*With 12hours of daylight, the first hour after the sun comes over the Eastern horizon (sunrise) is 1’oclock (saa moja). To us in the USA, this is approximately between 6:00a-7:00a.
*Noon is the 6th hour of the day; “saa sita.”
*Sunset happens at the 12th hour of the day “saa kumi na mbile.”
*Because there is day and night time; Kiswahili identifies the times of the day with terms such as:
~Sunrise to Noon (6a-12p) is “Asubuhi”
~Noon to Afternoon (12p-4p) is “Mchana”
~Evening (4p-7p) is “Jioni”
~Night or After Sunset (7p-4a) is “Usiku”
~Before Sunrise (4a-6a) is “Aljafiri”
There is significance in Kemetology as well as in Kiswahili to naming the time-frames of day and night. With Kemet, the first hours of the day are called Khepra. Khepra relates in Kiswahili to the term Asubuhi. Kemetic mid-day, when the Sun is high in the sky is called Re. Re relates in Kiswahili to the term Mchana. The last hours of sunlight are called Atume in Kemetology. Atume relates in Kiswahili to Jioni. Once NTR Ra crosses the western horizon in his Sun Boat, he enters the underworld. The underworld relates in Kiswahili to the term Usiku (under day).
And it has been widely known that the most effective time to pray and meditate with the ancestors is 4a-6a. This special time of energy is known in Kiswahili as Aljafiri. The prefix “Al” is used to designate the feminine aspect of God. The term “Ja” is also known by some (Rastafarian) to be God. And “firi” sometimes translates to the energy of fire. Stars are bright light like fire. I also KNOW that the Star Sirius leads our Sun over the eastern horizon each day. This is why they call Sirius “The Great and Wonderful Morning Star.” She is the mother of the Sun. She is GodIs Aset. If I were to put this time-frame together for a consciousness translation for the word Aljafiri; I would say it means: “The Time to feel the light energy of the Goddess Sirius.”
What I’m realizing is… this is indeed culture for the Indigenous AfroAmerican and African-American. Here in the USA, we learn to tell time on a western clock using am and pm designations that do nothing for our spirit and relationships with nature (NTR). I’m not going to elaborate on how this highly impacts our consciousness in this blog. But it is just a piece of culture I’m glad to finally be able to embrace.