Tagged: pan-African nationalism

“The Pyramid Texts are a collection of ancient Egyptian religious texts from the time of the Old Kingdom, mostly inscriptions on the walls of tombs in pyramids. They depict the Egyptian view of the afterlife, and the ascent into the sky of the divine Pharaoh after death. They were written upwards of five thousand years ago; thus, they are some of the oldest known writings in the world. The Pyramid Texts are also the oldest collection of religious spells known to us from ancient Egypt. This collection forms the basis of much of the later religious theology and literature of ancient Egypt. The passages were eventually separated and categorized, as well as illustrated and eventually evolved into the Book of the Dead, or more properly, The Book of the Coming forth by Day. The oldest of these text come from that Pyramid of Wenis, or more popularly these days, Unas at Saqqara.”

Wow! The ancient Egyptian’s Book of the Coming Forth By Day and By Night (The Book of the Dead) is where the Torah and Bible got a lot of their stories from. I am in shock because I visited Saqqara and saw this pyramid, not knowing that it contained such an important part of religious history.

Source: http://www.crystalinks.com/pyramidtext.html.

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“There is this nation called Ta-Seti and this nation is further up south on the [Nile] river, in an area called Nubia and that is called the oldest monarchy in the world. [T]hey excavated the tombs of these kings in Nubia and these kings were said to be tall, black-skinned people. The goddess Isis and her child were already in place at the beginning of dynastic Kemet [modern-day Egypt] in 3,100 B.C. The dynastic [period of] Kemet begins after the primary religion of Kemet had already been created. So when you go to Ta-Seti for example, there is the god Horus, this child that’s being held by the virgin mother [Isis] is already recorded in Ta-Seti, south of Kemet and it’s much older than Kemet. So the religion is in place, astronomy is in place, writing (the heiroglyphics or Medu Neter) is in place — all of those things are already in place. So the culture is in place before the political organization of Kemet as a nation.”

Source: Dr. Asa Hilliard’s Master Keys interview.

Beyoncé channels Yoruba Goddess Oshun.

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I loved Bey’s performance at the GRAMMYs on Sunday. I loved it even more because one of the two songs performed, was co-written by my good friend Ingrid Burley!

Some people are saying that Bey’s look was inspired by the Yoruba goddess Oshun. The Yoruba people are “descendants from variety of West African communities” who are “united by geography, history, religion and most importantly language.” The main countries where the Yoruba people live are Nigeria, Togo and Benin. In their religion, Oshun is the “goddess of water, fertility, motherhood, and the passing of the generations.” This deity is also responsible for blessing women with twins. As you [may] know, Bey is pregnant with twins. For more information on the Yoruba, click here.

I’ve always loved Bey, but I love her even more for continuing to use her platform to help [re]awaken the psyche of Africans, especially those living in the United States of America.

More pics from her performance are below:

new books to add to my collection.

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I’ve read earlier works from each author, so I’m excited to start reading these books!

“Today’s reborn black, mental masters can focus the mind by embracing their historical blackness, developing a deep knowledge of one’s black ancestry and thereby becoming fluent in the translation of ancient images that appear in today’s world. As a result, dreams and visions of the great but seemingly impossible, will be brought into reality rather than ignored, just talked about, or partially developed. No longer will one submit to an ‘I can’t do attitude’ but one of ‘I will do,’ ‘I will make this life perfectly beautiful and I won’t stop until it is that way.’ ‘I will be my true Self.'”

Source: Richard King, M.D. African Origin of Biological Psychiatry. 1990.

“The second period might well be from the conquest of Lower Egypt by the Ethiopian leader, Menes, in 3100 B .C . to the end of the Sixth Dynasty, 2181, also the end of the Old Kingdom. This was the period that gave birth to Egypt, and before which there was no Egypt. It was the period during which black kings united the ‘Two Lands,’ started the dynastic (lineage) system, and began the building of the greatest civilization. The greatest in-depth review and concentration of research should be focused on this second period. It was, in fact, the Golden Age in the history of the Blacks, the age in which they reached the pinnacle of a glory so dazzling in achievements that Western and Arab writers felt compelled to erase it by the sheer power of their position, beginning black history over 3,000 years later, and limiting it — such as they allowed, to ‘Africa South of the Sahara.'”

As a footnote to the first sentence, Williams states: ” Earlier dates, such as 4500 B .C ., are also given and accepted by many authorities; for conflicting dates do appear in ancient records. I do not debate the point.”

Source: Chancellor Williams. The Destruction of Black Civilization. pg. 39. 1971.

“Are black men an endangered species? No, because endangered species are protected by the law.” — Chris Rock

Source: “”Chris Rock On Finding The Thin Line Between Funny and ‘Too Far.'” NPR. December 8, 2014. http://www.npr.org/2014/12/08/368753758/chris-rock-on-finding-the-line-between-funny-and-too-far.