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The 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 religious practices and concepts of ancient Egypt. There are various flavors of Kemeticism- some which rely heavily upon ancient practices, while others use virtually nothing from the past. In the end, the main connecting point for these different approaches is the focus on ma’at, the guiding tenet of our religion.
Ma’at is commonly translated as truth, justice, honor, or balance, but the full scope and breadth of ma’at is vast and hard to describe succinctly. Ma’at is both a concept, and a goddess. As a goddess, She plays a pivotal role in helping to sustain creation and the gods alike. She is most well-known from her roll in the “weighing of the heart” from the Book of the Dead. It is her feather that your heart gets weighed against, and if it balances out, it means you get become an established “akh” (spirit) in the Field of Reeds. As a concept, ma’at is a lot less tangible. In many respects, ma’at is about helping to maintain the natural cycles that allow us to live on this planet. Ma’at is also about maintaining our social connections that allow our psychological and emotional needs to be met. It’s about creating ways of living that don’t oppress others and placing our efforts into things that help to create healthy people and a healthy planet.
There are many other concepts within our religion. Here are some places you can learn more:
Kemetic Facebook Groups/Pages:
Kemetic Temples (offline and online):
Kemetic Websites and Blogs:
Resources for custom icons and statues:
Other Kemetic Resource Pages:
- Mystical Bewilderment’s 101 & Guides Page
- Satsekhem’s Resource List
- Fiercely Bright One’s Resource Page
- Grave Moss & Stars: Kemetic Resources
April 27, 2014 at 4:32 pm
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?
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 :>
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?
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.
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.
September 13, 2014 at 6:12 am
Very good job. In France another website and forum Ta Netjeru (Land of the netjeru) open in september : netjerou.weebly.com + http://ta-netjerou.bb-fr.com/ It’s about netjerism a form of kemeticism or a synonym.
February 5, 2017 at 10:51 am
This has been a great starting point. I am a little nervous with creating a shrine and also learning how to meditate. Any suggestions.
March 1, 2017 at 4:46 pm
This blog was also my starting ponit it really helped