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Em hotep!

Just wanted to point folks toward Arab Academy. I've been taking Arabic lessons online through this program based in Cairo and I can't recommend them enough.

I feel this is especially important for those who want to visit or excavate in Egypt.

Yo fam, can we not keep sharing that white supremacist article about how the ancient Egyptians are actually Armenian? 

It was an intentional sampling error from a known Asiatic settlement.  It's like intentionally pulling DNA from the Chinese remains found in a British Roman cemetery to prove that the ancient Britons were actually from East Asia.  It's disingenuous and absurd.

I've seen several people share this and I think you all know better.

[PUBLIC] Serving the World: Ma'at In Action / Helping Syrian Refugees
« on: November 21, 2015, 10:46:44 am »
Right now, the world is dealing with the biggest refugee crisis since the second world war.  Even if you don't have the money to donate or sponsor a refugee family, you can donate your time and effort to helping.  Whether it's helping at a fundraising event, collecting needed supplies for people in refugee camps, volunteering to help recently-arrived refugees or just donating five dollars, everyone can find some way to pitch in.

In this thread, post links to local organizations and events so people can find ways to help.





During the Egyptian revolution a few years back, I noticed a trend among Kemetics that I found disturbing.  People were quite hand-wavey and indignant about reported and perceived issues with antiquities, but didn't seem to really have an opinion about the living human beings who were being hurt and killed daily.  

Now, there are problems in Egypt again and the reports of antiquities looting have begun again.  They are as yet unverified.  However, the fact that two hundred human beings were killed yesterday and the number is expected to climb is verified and, in my opinion, a more important fact.  

Sure, antiquities are important.  They are special.  However, in the grand scheme, they are things.  I hope my brothers and sisters in the faith will dedicate as much time, energy and outrage to the people this time around as they did to the things last time.

From the EEF:

* Press report: "Severed Hands Discovered in Ancient Egypt Palace"

"A team of archaeologists excavating a palace in the ancient city of Avaris,
in Egypt,  has made a gruesome discovery. The archaeologists have
unearthed the skeletons of 16 human hands buried in four pits. Two of
the pits, located in front of what is believed to be a throne room, hold
one hand each. Two other pits, constructed at a slightly later time in
an outer space of the palace, contain the 14 remaining hands. They
are all right hands; there are no lefts. "Most of the hands are quite
large and some of them are very large," Manfred Bietak, project
and field director of the excavations, told LiveScience. (..) At the
time the hands were buried, the palace was being used by one of the
Hyksos rulers, King Khayan.
The hands appear to be the first physical evidence of a practice
attested to in ancient Egyptian writing and art, in which a soldier
would present the cut-off right hand of an enemy in exchange for
gold, Bietak explains in the most recent edition of the periodical
Egyptian Archaeology. "Our evidence is the earliest evidence and the
only physical evidence at all," Bietak said. "Each pit represents a

Em hotep, everyone!

It seems we get a pretty steady stream of people, particularly newcomers to the forums, posting about dreams and asking for interpretations. While there's nothing particularly wrong with that in the grand scheme of things, I am taking the moderation  stance that such threads are not appropriate.  These are my reasons:

1. Dreams are personal.  My experience with these threads is that nothing useful really comes out of it because only one person understands the dreamer's internal symbolism.

2. While many people have posted earnestly curious threads about dreams, others have used it as a form of dramatic, attention-seeking behavior.  This is not behavior we want to encourage.

3. There's no way a thread like that can lead to a productive discussion.  Instead of being a topic that is helpful for everyone, it's a thread that revolves around one person, which is not conducive to community discussion.

This is not to say that the mere mention of dreams or messages from Netjer are taboo topics, nor is discussing a dream one had in a relevant thread.  This is solely about starting new threads to ask about the meaning of a dream.

In a recent thread, Ma'ai gave some very good advice to someone seeking the meaning of a dream.  Honestly, it is the best response anyone could give to a dream thread.  Rather than just pasting it to every dream meaning seeker who comes along, here it is for everyone to read now:

Learning the symbolic language of dreams is a very personal thing. I tend to list important symbols in the dream such as:

Bread box

...and then spend the day returning to my list, adding whatever meaning pops to mind about each symbol. What I discover is that they can be quite consistent, but there's not a book anywhere or anyone else who could tell me what they mean.

When it comes to dreams involving Netjer and Kemet, I find that there is a special 'quality' to the dream. As you say, there is such force that it can linger in memory for YEARS like a puzzle begging to be 'solved'.

Maybe that, by itself is part of the point? I think it's ok not to know everything right away.

In conclusion, I feel it is important to state clearly that this is not saying that the mere mention of dreams or messages from Netjer are taboo topics, nor is discussing a dream one had in a relevant thread.  This is solely about starting new threads to ask about the meaning of a dream.

NOTE:  I am keeping this topic open for a while for people to ask questions and discuss this decision.  The topic will eventually be closed and it will be closed early if there are any shenanigans.  Please remember that this is not a criticism of any particular person or situation.

[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Gods outside of your RPD
« on: December 20, 2011, 10:27:44 am »
One of the big misconceptions about Kemetic Orthodoxy is that you can't have significant relationships with gods who aren't in your personal set of parents and beloveds (my phone wanted to autocorrect "beloveds" to "hellcats" o.O).

Which gods from outside of your RPD do you share a special relationship with? How has this impacted your life?


"A fire that engulfed the building of the historic Egyptian Scientific
Institute on Saturday morning has been extinguished. The extent of the
damage has not yet been determined. The fire started on the lower
floors of the building, which is on Qasr al-Aini Street in central Cairo,
but later reached the higher floors. The firemen, who arrived very late
at the site, could not initially control the fire. State news agency MENA
said that firemen eventually managed to control it, but state TV reported
that the fire damaged the whole building and all of its collections. (...)
The institute is considered the oldest scientific institute in Egypt. It was
established as L'Institute d'Egypte in August 1798 by Napoleon
Bonaparte during the French invasion of Egypt. Its mission is to
advance high quality research in various fields, ranging from biology
and mathematics to fine arts and archaeology. Its library contains
more than 200,000 books, including the original volumes of the
"Description de l'Égypte" (Description of Egypt), begun in 1798
by French scientists in Egypt. (..)"

 Article at al-Masry al-Youm

[PUBLIC] Serving the World: Ma'at In Action / Powhatan Renape Nation
« on: August 12, 2011, 11:14:36 am »
The Powhatan Renape nation has been having financial difficulties at their Rankokus reservation for some time.  As of right now, their museum is closed because they can't afford a fire inspection and earlier this week, it was broken into and vandalized.  The roof needs repairs, there apparently is some sort of eviction notice up for some of their buildings, they can't hold their annual festival this year... it's a mess.

Take a look, maybe give a hand to help them at least reopen their museum.

I know some posters here enjoy purchasing and collecting antiquities (which I feel is a questionable activity at the best of times, but that is just me).  However, with recent events involving widespread looting and vandalism in Egypt, this is the time to stop. Do not support this desecration of Egypt's heritage just so you can have something shiny and "real".

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