Friday, August 6, 2010


It's nearly 2:00 p.m. and I've already had many "a-ha" moments. Engaging in the discussions in class, I find myself in confusion. I'm not confused at the information provided in the lectures and discussions. I'm confused at how people can overlook or even better, IGNORE, the obvious. How can you seek the truth, find it, and then, pretend it doesn't exist?

We discussed that there are two orders of religion. The first order is what you experience on a personal level. It incorporates your culture or ways of living. The second order is a process which includes being born in one religion, learning another, taking specific elements of the other religion to apply to your own, then rejecting that other religion as if it never existed or is completely wrong.

In analyzing the different components of various religions, we see a lot similarities of the beliefs in Ancient Kmt (Egypt, Kemet). Many of the rituals, symbols, and stories told in modern religions are copied from that of Ancient Kmt. People have taken particular parts of the Kemetic religion and made it their own. When we visit the temples and tombs, we clearly see stories and rituals that are used in our own religions.

Dr. Beatty explained that there are different levels in being a Priest in Ancient Kmt. In order to complete these levels, people of Ancient Kmt had to go through various stages and processes. Based on what level a Priest accomplished, he was allowed to enter specific areas of a temple. One needed to be pure to enter the most divine places of the temple.

This same requirement is seen in the Bible. After Moses led the Jews out of Egypt, they later build a temple. Aaron was the only High Priest that could enter particular area in the temple, Holy of Holies, that connects with the divine, God. It is also described in the Bible that if a Priest entered the Holy of Holies in the temple and was not pure, they would die. As a result, a rope would be tied to the foot of the Priest, so if he were to die, he could be dragged out.

This is one of many similarities, yet, there are no acknowledgements of Ancient Kmt. These Kemetic beliefs were adopted. There is an injustice because the Egyptians accepted others' religions and allowed people to learn their religion. In return, others changed their religion, influenced others, and did not give credit to the Egyptians.

The second order of religion is something we commonly see. Think about the movie "Avatar." It shows how to overcome a nation. You learn the ways of life of the people, modify it to make it your own, then take over.

Lastly, for now, we discussed something so shocking in class. We reflected on all of the places we've visited, thus far, and there is no question that the Ancient Egyptians who inhabited Kmt, build the pyramids, temples, created language, math and science, and served as Pharoah were all BLACK. That is without a doubt, but when Zahi Hawass came up with a virtual image of King Tutankhamun, he lacked African features. He actually described the Egyptians as "Caucasoid North Africans." I have one question..."What the hell is a Caucasoid North African?" That's almost as bad as an article I read that described a abductor as a "dark-skinned white man." Smh...

I'm glad I've returned to Kmt for a second time because I'm gaining a better understanding, one that transcends my previous experience. The process of sharing these truths is very important. No one is going to tell these stories, but the true descendants of Ancient Egyptians...US, people of African descent.


AngiP said...

First off, Bmon, I love the way you write. It's storytelling. Secondly, like watching a movie for the second time (take Inception, for example) visiting Kemet for the second time has made you more pensive and more saturated with those thoughts and ideas we discovered on trip one, and all of this is evidenced by your entry.

Now to the content of your article, you know I am right there with you, girl. Explaining the origins of our religious traditions is a bold undertaking, but to stand in Kemet and not do this is even bolder. It cannot be denied. You have overcome the most extreme cognitive dissonance and confronted an issue that people have both died and killed for. And you are not alone in that; I cosign. I remember our hallway conversation from last year with Jazelle, Robert, Marcy, Clarice. Remember how difficult that was? Well, you triumphed over that spiritual challenge...twofold.

Also, thank you for sharing some of the info you learned during Dr. Beatty's and Dr. Carr's lectures. That's an aspect I am sorely missing out on, but I'm fortunate you are filling me in sis.

The origin of religion and so much more is found in Kemet. The priesthood bit made me think of all of the "processes" we find in Fraternal organizations (and almost every "org" at Howard University). That notion of exclusivity earned by progression through levels is pervasive in many of our societies and organizations -- and I don't mean just African people either. We know that anything derived from Rome is derived from Kemet by default as well.

Well, I'm being long-winded in this comment. You just gave me so many ideas; your entry was evocative of several things. And you concluded that it is wrong, unjust, to ignore the influence that Kemet has given this world. Just a reminder that there is a lot of work ahead of us.

And yes. What the hell is a Caucasoid North African? Its as nonsensical as a Negroid Southern Caucasian. But Hawass is trying to please the tourists. That's all Egypt is about: tourism. You're there to learn what Kemet is about. Not Egypt.

Thanks for this, Brittani. It was great!

AngiP said...

Man, sorry for Comment #2 but I keep trying to ascertain what exactly Caucasoid is, and it is aggravating me. I really want to throw one of those little-white-Nefertiti-busts-from-the-Sonesta-Luxor-hotel-store at Zahi's head for that.

Joci said...

We MUST meet once you return! I live on the 3rd floor of DGH or in stack 7 of Founders. (sidenote: school starts in 2 weeks - YIKES!!!!) My story with this trip is longer than I care to posts here, but the point is that this is the second year that I didn't go (bummer) after considering and even making plans to go. I guess it wasn't time yet. So next year I'll try again. :) anywho I love your writing and I applaud your choice to step out of the matrix and into consciousness. The reason we MUST talk once you return is because I feel everything you said! I would be typing all night if I elaborated, but just know we're on the same wavelength for sure. Enjoy the rest of the trip and keep posting!!!

Joci said...

Oh yeah the reason I mentioned that this is the 2nd year I didn't go is because I had begun to rationalize that maybe I just need to put this dream on the shelf for a time and not worry about trying next year. Your post reminded me why that's not a good idea ;)

Brittani Moncrease said...

You know... It was hard for me to write that blog because I AM a Christian. I was afraid that people would look at it as though I was speaking down on Christianity. At the same time, I feel as though it is my obligation to give credit where credit is due. It's respect.

Angi, you know how deep our discussion was last year. When we witnessed all of the things we saw in Egypt, some people felt lost. We clearly saw the similarities between modern religions and the religion of Ancient Kmt which came first. We were truly LOST. "Well, what do I do now? I don't want to leave what I have been following all of my life? I can't leave my religion!"

That's the don't have to and I think that that's something people who learn about Ancient Kmt should know. I believe that this issue is a major problem in spreading the truth.

You can still believe in who or what you want to believe in. This is about respect; respect for others and their beliefs. We discussed in class that the people of Ancient Kmt met people from all over the world with beliefs in different religions. They didn't deny them or look down on them. They RESPECTED their religions, acknowledged them, and KEPT their own religion. That's why it has been able to last, consistently, throughout the many dynasties.

When we can understand that we all are different and have different beliefs, we'll eliminate many problems of the World. We'll begin to tell the truth. We'll begin to give credit to those who have set a foundation for us. There is nothing wrong in giving credit. That doesn't mean you have betrayed or left what you originally believe.

Simply what works for you, but show respect.

Now, the fear of betraying/leaving our current beliefs is NOT the only reason why the truth continuously fails to be HEARD (not told). A second reason is due to the fact that people simply don't know. There are people that try to get the word out, but there are other people with more outlets that prevent the story from being told. Smh...

This leads to the third reason. Some people know the truth, but refuse to tell it because it wasn't their people... I'll stop at that

James Robinson said...

It's like Dr. Beatty said the beliefs of the Kemetic people had enough cosmological space to allow the hidden one, Amun, to express himself in any creation or manifestation.

James Robinson said...

It's like Dr. Beatty said the beliefs of the Kemetic people had enough cosmological space to allow the hidden one, Amun, to express himself in any creation or manifestation.