What is Kamta?
By Derric "Rau Khu" Moore
Kamta is the name of the spiritual system that focuses primarily on obtaining and maintaining balance by using shamanistic practices. It is comprised of Ancient Egyptian philosophy and the remnants of Kongo practices that survived in North America.
The History of Kamta
The origins of Kamta stems from the fact that a large majority of the Africans that were enslaved and brought to North America, came from the Bantu people in the Kongo – Angolan region of Central West Africa. These people known as the BaKongo or Bantu-Kongo were familiar with European Christianity due to their initial peaceful interactions with the Portuguese that occurred around 1482. Although a number of African ethnic groups have contributed to present day African American spiritual thought.
The core of African American spirituality is essentially BaKongo in nature and centers on the spiritual concept of rebirth, which totally overlaps the Christian idea because it is based upon the classic Kongo cosmological system called the dikenga dia Kongo, tendwa kia nza-n' Kongo or known simply as the Kongo Cross.
The Kongo Cross as Robert Farris Thompson defines in Four Moments of the sun: Kongo art in two worlds, is "Coded as a cross, a quartered circle or diamond, a seashell spiral, or a special cross with solar emblems at each ending - the sign of the four moments of the sun is the Kongo emblem of spiritual continuity and renaissance par excellence. In certain rites it is written on the earth, and a person stands upon it to take an oath, or to signify that he or she understands the meaning of life as a process shared with the dead below the river or the sea - the real sources of earthly power and prestige, in Kongo thinking... The intimation, by shorthand geometric statements, of mirrored worlds within the spiritual journey of the sun, is the source and illumination of some of the more important important sculptural gestures and decorative signs pertaining to funerary monuments and objects designated for deposit on the surface of funerary tombs, or otherwise connected with funerary ceremonies and the end of life."
Basic understanding of the Kongo Cross is that just like the sun rises in the east (Kala), peaks at midday (Tukula), sets in west (Luvemba) and is mysteriously reborn at midnight (Musoni). The human soul which mirrors the cycle of the sun through birth, life and death, provided he or she is righteous will also be mysteriously reborn.
However, due to slavery, mainstream American prejudice and the lack of familiarity with African spirituality, the theology behind the Kongo cosmology in North America was eventually lost, resulting in a loss of cultural traditions. As a result, even though cultural practices continue to be observed in North America. The lack of African theology prevented one from overcoming their fears, guilts, inhibitions and other negative emotions learned through social conditioning, thus inhibiting one from discovering their true self, and developing spiritually.
Fortunately, through cultural comparison with the Kamitic (Ancient Egyptian) spiritual system a similar cosmological guide was discovered called the Maa Aankh, which reintroduces African theology. Thus allowing for individuals to achieve balance and overcome their inhibitions, while developing spiritually.
The Beliefs of Kamta
The principle beliefs of Kamta is that the human being is composed of nine divisions, which can be subdivided into three parts called the Ba, Ab and the Sahu, which corresponds directly to the mind.
|Parts of the Mind||Divisions of the Spirit and Purpose|
Conscious mind also called the Middle Self or Human Soul personified as Hru (Heru or Horus in Greek)
The automatic, robotic and habitual self commonly called the Lower or Ego Self personified as Set (Set-an, Satan and Typhon)
According to Kamta belief, when we are born we all come into the world with our Ba intact and a fully functional Sahu, which helps us to physically survive. In our first years of development, we depend solely upon our Sahu, which leads us to indiscriminately learn the good and bad from our parents, family, friends, community members, the media, etc. about life. Consequently an imbalance is created due to our total dependency upon our Sahu. This imbalance creates a false sense of who we are resulting in illness, bad luck, financial demise and various other problems. Due to us having a false sense of who we are supposed to be and what we can or cannot accomplish based upon our beliefs, fears, anxieties and worries is called the ego-self or Set (Set-an, Satan, or the Adversary) in Kamitic language.
The ego-self or Set is the main force that prevents us from accomplishing our dreams mainly out of fear, anxiety, jealousy and selfishness, so the main objective in life is to overcome our ego-self or Set. This is accomplished by consciously following the wisdom of our Higher Self and ignoring our reactionary and emotional lower self. When we consciously decide to follow the wisdom of our Higher Self, we willingly allow the Divine to improve our lives instead of relying upon our own head and intellect. This is personified in the Kamitic Story of Osar as Hru fighting his uncle Set in order to resurrect the glorious Kingdom of Osar.
The Story of Osar
It is believed that the Kamitic philosophers knowing the relationship between the ba, sahu and ab allegorized the entire spiritual process as the Story of Osar. In the story, Osar (Osiris in Greek) realized his divinity and discovered the divine law of Maa, so he decided to teach all of his people and all humanity what he had learned. But, his youngest brother Set who was very desirous of power, and jealous of Osar murdered the legendary king, hid his remains and usurped the throne. Thanks to Osar’s devoted wife Oset, Osar’s body was recovered and magically Oset conceived an heir for Osar who she named Hru that challenged his evil uncle for the throne. After a series of stalemates, Hru finally defeated his uncle on the battlefield with the help of his father’s wise vizier Djahuti. However, due to Set’s sway over the courts and the government, he managed to convince the public that Hru was not the legitimate heir of Osar. Finally, after taking the matter to court and much deliberation, the spirit of Osar returned and proclaimed that Hru was indeed his true successor and that Set had committed numerous injustices in order to ascend to the throne. Through the intercession of Osar, Hru was awarded the throne, given the double Pschent crown and declared the unifier of the kingdom.
Was Osar a Real Person?
Usually when one hears the Story of Osar, because it is such a great story one is forced to ask was Osar a real person or not. Well according to archeological and historical records, Osar was most likely modeled after the King Narmer also known as Menes, the first dynastic king of Kamit.
This means that Osar and all of the other characters in the Kamitic stories were most likely ancient totems and tribal leaders, and the Story was most likely created to symbolize the political relationship between various tribes. That being said, the it can be concluded that the Kamitic people believed in three types of spirits based upon an individual's spiritual development, which are called:
- Aakhu (ancestral spirits and spirit guides);
- Netcharu (benevolent guardian spirits); and,
- Aapepu (malevolent and misguided trickster spirits).
It is for this reason, Kamit is seen by many in the Afro-Diaspora as not only the birthplace of Western civilization, but also the birthplace of African civilization as well. Contrary to popular belief, Kamit consisted of a number of African ethnic groups or tribes. Remnants of these tribes can be found in present day Egypt among the Egyptian minority called the Baladi (indigenous Egyptians).
Although it is not actually known when or why a number of Kamitic people began to migrate throughout the African continent. What is known is that many of these tribes began migrating out of Kamit due to the weakened state the country was left in as a result of the Roman occupation, which left Kamit – now Egypt – practically vulnerable to invasion. Years later around 640 CE, nomadic Arabs from the Arabian Peninsula invaded the country and became the present rulers of Egypt, known as the Afrangi (foreign masters) to this day.
The ancient Kamitians that migrated out of Kamit took with them their beliefs and practices, which they mixed with indigenous beliefs and practices of the region. The resulting admixture is believed to have given birth to all of the various traditional Sub-Saharan African cultures, which explains the strong similarities that many traditional African spiritual systems such as the Yoruba, Akan, Bantu and Dogon have with the ancient Kamitic spiritual systems. To see the Bantu
Kamta draws heavily from the Bantu-Kongo line, which places a strong emphasis on working with the spirits. Therefore, the netcharu are seen as saint-like archetypal spirits. Although many of the netcharu have been syncretized with the Yoruba orishas, the two are not the same. The main difference between the two (besides the fact that the orishas are from the Yoruba pantheon and the netcharu are Kamitic), is that the latter are seen as a collective of ancestral spirits belonging to one of the old tribal clan of Kamit. This means that anyone can petition the netcharu (provided they live an ethical and honorable life based upon Maa) because they are guardian spirits, whereas the orisha are seen as archetypical energies found in nature that one must be initiated to in order to work with them.
Consequently, the netcharu are:
- Osars (Asar, Ausar, Osiris) – although personified and identified with our Higher Self, Osares refers to a group of spirits that assist in overcoming extremely difficult situations, which require great spiritual prowess.
- Osets (Aset, Auset, Isis) – are strong maternal spirits that assist in all matters regarding women and children. Oset is recognized in Kamta as the Mother of Revolution and tends to do things herself if no man is bold enough to enact change.
- Hrus (Heru, Horus)– are heroic spirits that helps one to fight for what they want and be victorious in achieving their goals.
- Djahutis (Tahuti, Tehuti, Thoth)– are the wise sages and prophets of time immemorial. They assist by offering wise counsel to resolve any problem.
- Npus (Anpu, Anubis) – are considered to be the personal guardians of everyone. They assist in finding lost objects and locating opportunities.
- Nbhets (Nephtys) – are protective spirits that offer spiritual assistance in all matters regarding relationships.
- Hruaakhutis – are warrior spirits that offer spiritual and physical protection from danger. They also assist in all hardworking physical activities and anything that requires keeping evil at bay.
- Maats – these spirits assist in establishing balance and order, so that one has a good handle on life.
- Sokars – these spirits assist in all health matters.
Therefore, everyone has an Osar, Npu, Oset, Hru, etc. but, since we are all unique with unique experiences. Our netcharu are unique to specifically to us but may show some similarities with another’s netcharu. For instance, my Hruaakhutis (Warrior Spirits) may prefer to have vodka in order to protect me, while another’s Hruaakhutis may prefer to have jalapeno or habanero pepper infused rum. Both Hruaakhutis however would still provide one protection and assist with hardworking physical activities.
Since the netcharu are ancestral spirits they can easily be syncretized with Catholic saints, Jewish angels and other archetypes from other traditions. When this occurs, these entities are viewed as being helper spirits. It is through their helper spirits that the netcharu are able to answer various request. For instance, Saint Barbara is one of Hru’s helper spirits and she will do the same type of work as Hru – especially when it comes to helping women. Saint Michael or San Miguel is commonly used as one of Hruaakhuti’s helper spirits.
Does Everyone Have a Major Netcharu?
According to my research usually one of these spirit clans will dominate an individual’s personality and become the individual’s primary spiritual protector. When this occurs there will be various signs and affinities that the individual will have confirming that a particular netcharu is their main protector. For instance, if Hru is the primary spiritual protector of an individual this individual usually will have prophetic dreams, and share some of the same likes and taboos that Hru has like an affinity to thunderstorms, prone to marital disputes, etc. These are all signs that the netcharu has marked the individual to be a member of his or her spiritual clan. There is no need to be initiated into it because one already belongs to it since ancestral times.
One can discover the taboos of their netchar by simply studying the various legends pertaining to their netchar and spirits syncretized with them, in comparison with their life.
One’s main netchar also determines how the netcharu will sit with you. If your main netchar is masculine like Hru, Hruaakhuti or Npu. Your netcharu may decide to sit with you as warriors, which is close to the floor or ground. If your main netchar is Oset, Nebhet or Maat, the rest of your netcharu may choose to sit with you as a mediator, which is elevated from the ground. Note that this has nothing to do with one’s gender, but pertains to one’s energy and the spiritual prowess they need in life.
Why Does A Lot of Spiritual Work
Focus So Much on Protection?
The most powerful part of our being as humans is our mind. At the same time, it is also the most vulnerable part of our being as well. This is because our Sahu is very impressionable and can easily be influenced for the good or bad. For instance, we have all seen situations where we are having a great day and then someone criticizes our hair, attire, performance, etc. and it makes us feel bad. Whenever we hear and receive criticism, even if we choose to ignore it. Our Sahu remembers it since it is responsible for storing our memories, and if we are not careful it will take this criticism and use it to inspire our conscious behavior. Then the next thing you know, you are doing something totally out of character. Not only that, there are also subtle forces that have the ability to influence our Sahu, many of which we are not even aware of.
So, a great deal of spiritual work focuses on protecting us from these experiences so that we still have control of our Ab. We should all be able to walk through life and not be swayed by any influence. Until we are able to accomplish this we need to use the various forces available to protect our mind – spirit.
How Do You Work With the Netcharu?
- First you need to learn how to meditate in order to access your Ba.
- Study the Maa Aankh cosmogram in order to understand the connection between the spiritual and physical realms, and how it relates to the three levels of consciousness – the Ba (superconscious), Ab (conscious) and Sahu (subconscious).
- Establish a rapport with your aakhu (ancestors) by studying your family history.
- Build a het aakhu or ancestor altar to learn how to learn how to follow your intuition. During this time, conduct truth exercises by telling yourself a falsehood and a truth, in order to discover your maa (way) as established by Maat. (Details of the truth exercise can be found in Maa Aankh Volume III)
- Allow your aakhu to guide you in establishing a het netcharu (house for the netchar). If you have followed the previous steps, the first netchar that you should be introduced to will be Npu. If it is any other netchar, it is most likely a trickster spirit, in which case you should abandon the practice and start back over. Note that the netcharu will come into your life based upon need. They will also sometime be accompanied by aakhu (ancestral spirits and spirit guides). For instance, before I established a het for my Maat, she was accompanied by a couple of Native American spirits. It was through these Native American spirits that I learned about Maat and when I had learned what she thought was enough. She finally came to sit on my het (altar space).
Can Anyone Work With the Netcharu?
Again, anyone can work with the netcharu provided they live an ethical and honorable life based upon Maa because the netcharu are basically ancestral spirits, and like most ancestral spirits they are deeply concerned with ethical behavior and high ideals. Understand this is not to be confused with acting or being a good person. It is about doing what needs to be done in order to maintain balance and order within the community, regardless if it is accepted or approve by the dominant society or not. Since a great deal of the spiritual work requires self – discipline and self – mastery, food and drug abuse, sexual perversions, etc. are seen as taboos against the netcharu because these destructive activities have the potential of destroying any system whether it be one’s health, a community or nation, which is in direct conflict of our goal to resurrect the Kingdom of Osar – that is peace, prosperity, success, happiness and love.
The Meaning of the Name Kamta
The basis of the name Kamta stems from the idea that the relationship between the Ba (superconscious), Sahu (subconscious) and Ab (conscious) is believed was further allegorized geographically by the Kamitic philosophers when they decided to name the northern arid region of Kamit, Lower Kamit or TASETT, which means the Red Lands and they chose to symbolize it by a red crown called the Deshret.
While the fertile southern region of Kamit, known as Upper Kamit was called the KAMTA, which means the Black Lands referring to the fertile dark soil due to the inundation of the north-flowing Nile River. However, the white crown of Osar called the Hedjet was used to symbolize KAMTA, thus indicating that the term doesn’t just refer to the soil of the land but is a reference to mysterious unknown.
When the white Hedjet and the red Deshret crowns are joined together, they create the double Pschent crown, symbolizing superficially the unification of both lands into one kingdom.
A more profound perspective indicates balance between the spiritual and physical reality, and balance due to following one’s Osar instead of Set. Metaphorically speaking it can be said that the calming and cooling effect of one’s guardian angel’s wisdom, tempers the excessively passionate and destructive nature of one’s lower self, which is symbolized on the Maa Aankh.
Hence Kamta is a pun referring to the return to the invisible and hidden spirit realm, the dream world, where Osar, our spirit guides and our benevolent ancestors reside.
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