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Gods, Muses & the Summum Bonum

Ausar, god of the afterlife whom many believe holds the seven heavenly stars in his glorified form in the Hunter constellation, was said to have had a great passion for song and dance during his popular reign in Kemet. So much so that he recruited several African Muses to accompany him on a tour to teach the legendary Nile Valley arts of cultivation throughout Asia and Europe, and always had a troupe of musicians back at his court. These Muses became Goddesses in Kemet, but the later Greek conquest of Ausar’s kingdom led to their colonial conversion and subjugation under Apollo Musagete – “Apollo, Leader of the Muses” – of the Olympian world. (more…)

Kuntu: A Well-Painted Home

I didn’t grow up a comic-book super-fan (more like occasional reader), nor grew to become enticed by Hollywood’s silver-screen adventures of super-heroes from the big-3 comic-book universes: Marvel, DC, and X-Men. Marvel’s recently-released trailer for the Black Panther movie (set for release on February 16th, 2018) may just have changed all that. (more…)

Hantu: Afrofuturism “In the Stone”

~ Posted in honor of African-American Music Appreciation Month, June 2017 ~

“The artist is meant to put the objects of this world together in such a way that through them you will experience that light, that radiance which is the light of our consciousness and which all things both hide and, when properly looked upon, reveal. The hero journey is one of the universal patterns through which that radiance shows brightly.” [Joseph Campbell, Pathways to Bliss] (more…)

Heru ~ Djedi Sky Walker

horus2“Sky God… God of Hunting… Warrior God… Lord of the Horizon… Divine Falcon… He who came forth from Hapi [Africa’s Nile God]… Dweller in Sopdet [Star of Auset]… God of Kingship… Heir of his Father…” are some of the epithets ascribed to Heru, one of Africa’s most storied gods of salvation. Heru‘s hunting prowess is represented in the falcon or hawk whose right and left eyes respectively denote the sun and moonheru-eye-primary-colors1; and who is said to hold the stars in his speckled feathers as his wings create the wind. The circumstances of Heru’s placement in the Holy Trinity which includes Ausar (his father) and Auset (his mother), and his triumphant role in the battle against evil [Set]
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I Re-Member ~ “Nakumbuka Day” (11/11)

“God never dies, therefore I cannot die”

Adinkra symbol of God’s omnipresence and the perpetual existence of man’s spirit… This symbol signifies the immortality of man’s soul, believed to be a part of God. Because the soul rests with God after death, it cannot die. (more…)

Reparations ~ Restoring the Divine Feminine: Ma’at

maafaAnd if thy brother, a Hebrew man, or a Hebrew woman, be sold unto thee, and serve thee six years; then in the seventh year thou shalt let him go free from thee. And when thou sendest him out free from thee, thou shalt not let him go away empty: thou shalt furnish him liberally out of thy flock, and out of thy floor, and out of thy winepress: of that wherewith the LORD thy God hath blessed thee thou shalt give unto him. And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt, and the LORD thy God redeemed thee: therefore I command thee this thing today. (Deuteronomy 15:12–15)

Ta-Nehisi Coates uses this Old Testament biblical quote at the beginning of his article, The Case for Reparations, in which he contends that America will never be whole until it has settled its moral debts. (more…)

“Gods of Kemet”

Ptah (Kemet 760BCE-) / Oscar (Hollywood 1929-)

Ptah (Kemet 760BCE-) / Oscar (Hollywood 1929-)

SYNOPSIS [Movie?]: “The survival of humanity hangs in the balance when SET kills and mutilates the body of his brother AUSAR in his evil bid to usurp the throne of Kemet, in Africa’s Nile Matrix. The universe is plunged into chaos and conflict as Set scatters the dismembered parts of Ausar throughout the African Diaspora, forcing his brother’s lamenting widow, AUSET, to search and piece her husband’s body back together. Hoping to save the world and be re-paired with his true love, MA’AT, a scribe to the Gods of Kemet named DJEHUTI forms an alliance with HERU, the avenging son he’d helped Ausar and Auset posthumously conceive. Their battle against Set and his henchmen takes them across the wilderness – an apocalyptic testament of Set’s tumultuous rule; (more…)

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