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Kemeticism

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The SistrumThe name Kemetic comes from ancient Egypt’s name for itself- Kemet, which is often translated as “Black Land” or “Black Hills”. It’s commonly believed that this refers to the black life giving silt that the Nile would deposit every year into Egypt’s fields.

Kemeticism is, more or less, a movement to revive the religions of ancient Egypt- with the gods of ancient Egypt being the main focus. There are various flavors of Kemeticism- some which rely solely upon ancient practices, and others that use virtually nothing from the past. But in the end, the main connecting point for the different sects is the focus on Netjer- the gods.

I personally feel that the main focus of Kemeticism is to live your life within ma’at- which is commonly translated as truth, justice, honor or balance. Ma’at is both a concept, and a goddess. As a goddess, She weighs your heart in the Hall of Two Truths against her feather. If it balances out, it means you get a happy afterlife, more or less. And if it doesn’t, well your heart gets fed to Ammut and you cease to exist. As a concept, ma’at is a lot less tangible. More often than not, it is used as honesty and justice, but to many it’s a lot more obscure. In the end, ma’at means something different for everyone and gets applied differently in each situation or circumstance. While worshiping the gods is important, I feel the main focus for Kemetics is to live a good life. To make a positive impact on the world around you while you’re alive.

Suggested Reading for Beginners:

Kemetic Forums:

Kemetic Facebook Groups/Pages:

Kemetic Temples (offline and online):

Kemetic Websites and Resources – General:

Websites and Resources for specific NTR:

Set:

Osiris:

Jackals, Anup, and Wpwt:

Thoth/Djehuty:

Bast:

Sekhmet:

Resources for custom icons and statues:

Websites, Articles and Resources for specific Kemetic concepts:

Other Kemetic Resource Pages:

 

7 responses to “Kemeticism

  1. raibeartgaoth

    April 27, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Hello!

    I really enjoy your blog post and well I wanted to ask you something on behalf of my wife and didn’t know what to be the best way of contacting you would be.

    I wrote a post about it on my blog http://www.raibearthearth.wordpress.com but the basic jist is that my wife has been drawn to the Netjer since she was a child though she has spent the past couple of years as a follower of Germanic Heathenry.She hasn’t been quite so happy with it and now knowing that people still worship the Netjer is feeling the call to them in general but specific one specifically. What would you say to anyone trying to figure out wherever or not Kemeticism would be thest for them?

     
    • von186

      April 27, 2014 at 7:58 pm

      There are a couple of things I can recommend. First would be to read the starter guide I have, which may help her to get some bearings. She could either start by reading books on the reading list, reaching out to one of the gods (there is a link for that on the starter guide) or by interacting with the community at large. I’d tell her to start with whichever area she’s more comfortable with, or to possibly do a little bit of all three.
      One of the best communities to start with is the one over on Tumblr, imo. They’re open to newcomers and are generally very accepting of others and differences in practice.
      I would also add that for myself personally, Kemeticism is about living in ma’at. Living in ma’at is basically the equivalent of living in balance- whatever it is that strikes a balance for yourself personally. We often sum this up as “don’t be a dick”.
      I’ll also add that it is possible to practice multiple paths/faiths at once, so if she doesn’t want to abandon Heathenism/Tyr entirely, she doesn’t have to. Though I’m sure as she begins to move forward, it will begin to slowly make more sense. I also think its worth mentioning that all of this takes time, so no need to feel rushed. I’d tell her to move at watever pace she feels comfortable with and to start in the areas that make the most sense to her.
      Hopefully that helps a bit. If you need any other assistance or ideas, let me know :>

       
  2. raibeartgaoth

    May 4, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Thanks for the response as it has been helping my wife out a lot.
    I’m currently trying to talk her into making a lbog to interacting with the online community, either on tumblr or on here but we’ll see how that goes.
    She printed off a copy of your reading guide and is slowly obtaining books from the library and bookstore…The biggest one at the moment being “Red land Black Land.”
    She’s slowly working on greeting and trying to find which of the Netjer she has an affanity for but it’s slow going so far.
    A couple of our friends has tried to recommend house of netjer to check out but from what she has researched she kinda wants to stay away from it personally though she doesn’t have any problems with people being a part of it..
    Do you know of any good forms of divination that works well in Kemeticism?

     
    • von186

      May 4, 2014 at 7:57 pm

      KO is like any other group. Works well for some people, but isn’t for everyone. A lot of what you’ll see on the internet is rumor and lies, so she’ll need to be careful about what she reads and believes :>
      Divination within Kemeticism is like any other religious group- we use wahtever. We don’t have a whole lot of Kemetic specific divination tools, so I’d advise her to use whatever she’s had good experiences with in the past- whether that’s tarot, pendulums, or scrying or what have you.

       
  3. raibeartgaoth

    May 4, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    Ah, understandable. I’ll tell her about the whole divination thing. She started a blog on here called “Jackal of Justice” to write a few things and to interact with folks.

    Once again thanks for the response.

     

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