RA or RE

    as  "Khepri" or "Khepera"

                    (rising sun)

                                                                                              

                         SHU

            "AIR" over the lush "Nile" (the HAPY) valley at sunrise.

                           

                            GEB

               "Earth"  = in KMT  (land of 'black soil)."

         

         Nubian village

       Entering on camel-back at Aswan 

   

                      KEMETIC YOGA

      (Yoga images are numerous in heiroglyphs as yoga began in KMT

         This is an image of childbirth associated with a seated yoga position) 

                            

                                                                                                                                 

  Nubian kids at play; Aswan, Egypt

The “Neteru,” from  which we  derive  the word  “nature,” are  the  deities  of  an- cient Egypt (KMT). They are believed to have been instrumental in creating the Universe  and  are associated  in many  cases with  the  fundamental  forces and phenomena  of  nature (e.g., water,  air,  fire  and earth). They were depicted as human in form but with the heads, wings and body appendages of animals. And they could be appealed to for aid in life to overcome adversities and to gain ad- vantages. This could be called the "animalistic" principle in the KMT religion  cal- led the "Shetaut Neter." Mortuaries during the whole of KMT's history were em-

bellished (spiritually lit up) with hundreds of thousands of mummified animals.

 

Similarly, in Orisha-Ifa religion (Yoruba), there are deities that are central to the creation and to the advent of humanity that are called “orishas” ("selected heads"). And they too are considered ‘forces’ or phenomena of nature. Now, while they are not usually depicted nor carved as animals, per se, they are asso- ciated with favored animals (avatars, oriles) that reflect some of their charact- eristics. In KMT, the names “Heru,” “Aset,” “Ausar,” “Ra,” “Set,” “Nun,” “Shu” and so on, are quite familiar to the students of KMT culture. Similarly, in the Yoruba-Ifa ("orisha") religion of west Africa and the African diapora the names  “Oba- tala," ”Yemoja,” ”Oshun,” ”Shango,” ”Oshoosi,” “Elegua,” and “Ogun,” for  exam- ple, are known to its practitioners, among many others.

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It is probable that our west and central true African ancestors--speakers of the

Kwa-Benue tongues of the Chadic language branch of the Niger-Congo mega-language group (from whence, for example, the Yoruba language and names arise) share common central African ancestors along with our Nilotic (Nubian) African "first cousins" of the Sudan. The cultural history and the precursors to today's Ife-"Yoruba" civilization (Nok and Igbo culture) in west Africa, go back 9,000 years. (Please see Endnote #1), but most it is unaccounted for.

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Indeed, both Bantu and Chadic language groups like those of the Niger-Benue confluence (near what is now Abuja, Nigeria) and the coastal heavily forested areas of west Africa, on the one hand, as well as the ancient peoples of KMT (who, by the way, were further away from our joint central African and Sudanic areas of origination--the White Nile--than were west Africans), on the other,both derive from the ancient cultures, religions and languages of the ancient peoples  of the Great Central Lakes regions of Central Africa (Uganda and Congo).

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These then are the  people who  birthed the prescient cultures of the south Sudan and west-central Eithiopia, as described above, and who, in turn, bifurc- ated into those that went west into west Africa and those (Nubians) who went northeast into north Africa (KMT).  To complete the circle, additionally, many cultural ideas and trade made their way from west and central Africa to the horn of east African (now Somalia) and, from there, by further trade, into Nubia, Punt and (ultimately) into KMT and the Levant. 

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For example, back to our Nilotic (Nubian) cousins, we can find in their area of the Sudan the neolithic site of Nabta Playa . This 10 mile square area of religious  rit- ual venues (stone formations) was constructed by nomatic cattle and goat-herd- ing people from 13,000 to 7,000 years ago. Their sites contain stone markers that point to Polaris (the North Star) which was their only stable celestial point-of-reference for their calendars. Flowing from this, but later for the ancient priests of KMT, the North Star was considered near the entry-way into the Duat (the Afterworld) because of precession.  And was thus connected to the idea of im- mortality. Similarly, the regular disapperance and reappearance of celestial con- stellations gave rise in these cultures to the idea of reincarnation. In KMT, for example, the reincarnated soul might come back into the "Ta" (the World) as a re-born person or might be re-born into the eternity of the Duat itself.

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In ancient times, these proto-Nubian-Nilotics  also revered the cow and buried ritually sacrificed cows in underground graves. These  are the true sources of KMT  religions. And  their  sacred cow  (Mother-Goddess)  gave  rise to the KMT cults of Mehurt-Hathor; the first of its classical religious cults--worshipping the mother cow and bull son (Hapi or "Apis" bull--of KMT's five major religious trends that connected Ptah in Memphis to Osiris). The people here in Nabta Playa, re-discovered in 1974, also constructed the world's first underground sac- red architectured chambers.                                                                           

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This is why I believe that the more accurate depiction of African history regard- ing  KMT and  west Africa  would show  that we both have  common cultural  roots in deep Central Africa and in the Sudan. And that, therefore, these peoples are our historical cousins (our "second " cousins); not our direct (Yoruba or Afri- can-American) ancestors as many who romanticize the "classical societies Egypt" --as great as they were--are inclined to do.

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Connoting periodic migrations in the westward direction along the savannah, Yoruba lore  also suggests  that some  of their legendary  cultural  forebearers  brought  culture  and  religion  from the southern  Sudan into west Africa. That is, they brought them as recently as a thousand years ago from the area at the latitude of Nabta Playa  (pre-Kemetic Sudan) that was, itself, once temperate and fertile grassland instead of the stark desert that it is now. So west African culture had both direct (i.e., directly from central Africa) and indirect sourcing  from across the savannah from east to west across Africa.  This is the nature of the legendary story of "Oduduwa," who is said to have fled--chased by Muslims-- the Sudan (not Arabia) and conquered Ife civilization in "Nigeria," and founded modern Yoruba culture.

 

(Of note too is that into Nigeria there also came far west African culture--i.e., from the upper Atlantic coast of today's Senegal, Gambia, Liberia and Guinea regions. The famed anthropologist Melville Herskovits described this third source coming from the far Atlantic and Guinean areas, into the Ivory, Gold and Slave coast traditions Africa's "Atlantic (coast) culture" that also contributed to the history of the areas now called "Nigeria."

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For example, west-central African languages share many words with  the Egyp- tian language  speakers of  ancient KMT and  they  with  us.* For instance,  from “Shu” (a  KMT deity of the air,  atmosphere, breath  and fluidity  we) in Yoruba, share a common root in the names “Eshu,” or “Oshun.” Or, as with the word Nef- er  we share the wordIfa” which refers to the divination practice and oral cor-

pus  (library) of  Yoruba  literature  and  religion.  Similarly,  the  word  "odu"  or "odus," familiar to Yoruba-Ifa practitioners, probably is related to the KMT word "atts." 

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(An explanation is in order: In the Egyptian Afterworld (Daut) there were twelve zones that corresponded to the twelve hours that the boat of Ra (and its dead souls) traversed its river-of-the-dead. (See the text  "Shat Am  Taut"). Each zone had different challenges and monsters to contend with. But they also had help- ful deities and protector animals that could be invoked if the dead soul knew the right incantations. Such deities as these were in the 9th hour of the Afterworld. These twelve deities were called "atts"--who  were among  the helpful ones on the sojourn--and were encountered as one proceeded to eternal judgment bef- ore the throne of Ausar (Osiris). Linguistically, these atts became "otts" then "ods" and then--in west Africa--"odus"; either twelve (or sixteen) major ones of them depending on the local culture. These odus--as helpful deities guiding us into the future--are what Yoruba olorishas (priests), babalawos and iyan'ifas are invoking the guidance of when they do Yoruba-Ifa divination (whetherAfrican continental, Cuban or Brasilian) for their clients.   

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We also shared similar deities: "Ogun" and "Obatala" with Ptah, "Orunmila" with Tehuti or Thoth, "Oshun" with Anat, Bast, and Aset,  '"Ori"  with Horus, "Yemoja"

with Mehurt, Mut and Hathor,  "Iku" (death) with Seker, " "Shango" with Set (for- mer King of upper KMT who was given thunder by Ptah as a consolation for los- ing his battle with Horus in order to keep earthlings in fear when needed. (See the text "The Contending of Horus and Set" from a 12th dynasty story), and "Oshuosi" ("Oshoosi") with Osiris, Shu, and Shesera (Ra's protector archer in the Duat). Powerfully righteous speech is called "ofo ashe" in Yoruba-Ifa  religion and corresponds with "medhu neter," "neter mehdu," and "khu hekua" (magical incantations) in the ancient KMT language. "Hekua" is still a salutation to Yoruba -Ifa's king-of-the-orishas Obatala. Our word "awo" is the equivalent of "sheti" (mystery) in KMT terms.

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Since no one knows how KMT language actually sounded--with the few pockets of people speaking Aramaic in Palestine or in present day Egypt or Eithiopia probably being the closet sounding to it (though still 5,000 years removed from the actual original speakers)--though it now can be read quite easily, it may be the case that the best oral and practical repository of ancient Egyptian rituals, incantations, curses, liturgy, verbal spells (in other words, the actual ritual ver- bal sound practice of ancient Egyptian religion) yet lie in practices and langua- ges of  traditional African  religions like Yoruba-Ifa (especially). That is, from among people for whom there has remained a constantly spoken and understood linguistic legacy that goes back to the latter period of dynastic KMT--at least four thousand years ago--to a time that embraced ancient Nubia-Sudanese, Sumeria and even Hebraic--and all related languages--as well.

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*For understanding connections between the Yoruba language and that of ancient KMT see Lucas, J. Olomide, The Rel- igion of the Yorubas, CMS Bookshop, Lagos, Nigeria, 1948 and Modupe Oduyoye,  The Vocabulary of Yoruba Religious Discouse, for the etymological connections between Yoruba  and ancient "Omotic" (and Cushitic) and Egyptian langua- ges.] 

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Also see the Sources of Ancient African Languages Map at the end of this web-page.

                                   

                                  HAPY

                  The God of  the watery "Nile" River

     (The Upper Nubian neter responsible for flooding the Nile  plain annually

         was called Anukis, while in Upper Egypt she was called Satis)        

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Aswan at Sunset

SKYGINA & MICHAEL OSHOOSI IN KMT

Entry in a Nubian Village on Camel-Back

Endnote #1 

  

See "Orin Orisha" by Olorisha John Mason (end note section on Oduduwa/Obatala) and "Igbo- Ukwu: An Account of Archaeological Discoveries in Easter Nigeria" by Thurston Shaw for an ac-count of the 10,000 year old pre-history of west African--proto-Yoruba, Igbo cultures and Nok bronze-age civilizations in west Africa.

                                                                                          

     Ancient Language Dispersion, Bronze Age, in Africa. 


Notice that there are no lines of language migration from KMT in prehistoric times. In the Common Era  "A.D." (since the putative birth of Christ) there were linguistic and cultural migrations across the Sahil and savanah areas bordering the Sahara desert from east-central Af- rica and KMT into far west Africa (e.g., into the Wolof language of Senegal) but not nearly as much into the forested areas of the lands that are now called Nigeria. Similarly, during the Common Era there were massive "Bantu" migrations from the area that is now called "Cameroon" over the entirety of central, south-west and southest Africa.

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As important, this map shows that all modern languages (and, by proxy,  all neolithic cultures, originated in the east and west-central "Afro-Asiatic" language groups 10,000 years or more ago.That is, the important thing to remember is that  all linguistic  and cultural groups of current relevance originated in central Africa--around the continent's "great lakes" (depicted in the map below as the Omotic-Cushitic homeland). Africa has 56 coun- tries comprised of an estimated 3,000 ethnic groups and between 1,000 and 2,000 languages (many, of course, have extinguished or are marginal at this point).


It is this nexus that people who believe that KMT cul- ture was the source of the culture of west Africans are

missing. KMT and west Africa both derived from the same source--central Africa; with one leaving permanent written records, in respect of the former, and the other leaving permanent oral records, in respect of the latter.