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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