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Encyclopedia > Kemetic Orthodoxy

Kemetic Orthodoxy is a modern organized religion reviving the faith of Kemet (ancient Egypt). It is a specific tradition within Kemetic reconstructionism. It gained federal recognition in the United States of America as a religion under the name "House of Netjer" in 1994, and its tenets emphasize monolatry, ancestor veneration, and personal devotion. Although based on ancient Egyptian beliefs and practices, the religion was founded in the late 1980s by Tamara L. Siuda, known formally within her faith as "Her Holiness, Sekhenet-Ma'at-Ra setep-en-Ra Hekatawy I, Nisut-Bity of the Kemetic Orthodox faith." She underwent her coronation as Nisut-Bity in 1996 through ceremonies performed in Egypt, and in 2000 she achieved a master's degree in Egyptology. The organisation is centred around the Tawy House temple in Joliet, Illinois but there are followers of the faith located around the world who correspond via the internet. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Kemetic reconstructionism is a form of reconstructionist religion which recreates the ancient Egyptian beliefs and practices. ... In religion and philosophy, henotheism is a term coined by Max Müller, meaning belief in, and possible worship of, multiple gods, one of which is supreme. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Tamara L. Siuda, known formally within her faith as Her Holiness, Sekhenet-Maat-Ra setep-en-Ra Hekatawy I, Nisut-Bity of the Kemetic Orthodox faith, is the spiritual leader of the House of Netjer, a Kemetic orthodox organization she founded in 1996. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Great Sphinx of Giza against Khafres Pyramid at the Giza pyramid complex. ... Incorporated City in 1834. ...


Kemetic Orthodoxy employs the use of some practices which are unique to the organization, and which are based in more contemporary interpretations of religion, such as the following:

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Rootnaming

Rootnaming is done in Kemetic Orthodoxy to children who are born to members of the faith. The ritual calendar, which is based on the rising of Sirius over Joliet, determines which god is honored on a particular day; the suffix "-emheb" for boys or "-emhebet" for girls is added to the name of that god to form a child's religious name. This is only done for children (i.e., those under the age of puberty), and the name remains only until the child decides to become a Shemsu (a full convert to Kemetic Orthodoxy), if he or she chooses, at puberty or later. Rootnaming is a modern ritual based upon an analogous naming and determination of the "god of one's birth" practiced in antiquity. Sirius (α CMa / α Canis Majoris / Alpha Canis Majoris) (IPA: ) is the brightest star in the night-time sky with a visual apparent magnitude of −1. ...


Rite of Parent Divination

Adult converts to the faith, as well as Rootnamed children, who wish to become full members of the organization have the option to undergo a ceremony called the Rite of Parent Divination. A geomantic divination is performed on the convert's behalf by Siuda in order to determine the convert's "Parent" and "Beloved" gods. The Kemetic Orthodox belief is that the one or two Parent god(s) are the god(s) who create the ba, or eternal soul, of the candidate; the Beloved gods, who can be in any number of one or more, are those gods responsible for the ka, or the personality and non-eternal spirit of the candidate. Together, the Parent(s) and Beloved(s) of an RPD candidate are believed to represent his or her guardians and creators. Geomancy (from Old French geomancie <Late Latin geōmantia <Late Greek geōmanteia< geo, earth + manteia, divination) from the eponymous ilm al-raml (the science of sand), is a method of divination that interprets markings on the ground, or how handfuls of dirt land when someone tosses them. ...


The Rite of Parent Divination has no origin in ancient Egyptian tradition, which did not recognize the roles of either "Parent" or "Beloved."


Shemsu naming

A person who undergoes the RPD and accepts it may at that time or at any later time decide to become a Shemsu in Kemetic Orthodoxy. They take a vow to honor the gods of their RPD before all others and in another divination are given a Shemsu Name, which is then bestowed on them in front of the entire Kemetic Orthodox community. This is a name in ancient Egyptian language, often containing the name of the Shemsu's Parent God or Goddess (a theophoric name, the most popular type of name in antiquity as well). Ebers Papyrus detailing treatment of asthma Records of the Ancient Egyptian language have been dated about 3000 BC. It is part of the Afro-Asiatic group of languages and is related to Berber and Semitic (languages such as Arabic and Hebrew). ... Theophoric names are exceedingly common in the Ancient Near East and Mesopotamia, where the personal name of an individual included the name of a god in whose care the individual is entrusted. ...


Shemsu-Ankh

Kemetic Orthodox Shemsu may choose to undergo a ritual known as Weshem-ib or "testing of the heart." Shemsu who undergo Weshem-ib, a formal group ritual involving seclusion in a sacred space as well as other rituals taken from ancient initiation ceremonies, make vows to serve their gods, the members of Kemetic Orthodoxy, Ma'at, and the world.


A Shemsu who has completed the Weshem-ib is called a Shemsu-Ankh, or "Sworn Shemsu/Shemsu Who Takes a Vow."


External links

  • www.kemet.org
  • Tawy House
  • Imhotep Kemetic Orthodox Seminary
  • The Udjat Foundation - Kemetic Orthodox Charity for Children

 
 

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