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They Survived!

It is often believed that African Americans being the farthest removed from Africa lost all of their cultural ties and heritage because of slavery.  This feeling of disconnection has inspired many of us (myself included) to embark upon a dangerous spiritual journey to reclaim our spiritual roots, in order to acquire spiritual peace and solace.  It was during my quest I encountered a number of unscrupulous individuals but fortunately through the guidance of my aakhu (ancestral spirit and spirit guides).  I was blessed to meet a number of people that were in other Afro-Diaspora traditions who helped me to find my way. Through their assistance I learned that although early African Americans were not able to preserve their cultural traditions as had been done in the Caribbean and South America. They did not leave us without a guide to reclaim what had been lost. They left us with a type of mandala commonly called the Kongo Cross to reconnect us back to our lost heritage and establish our own way, instead of adopting the cultural practices of others and imitating what some have done in the distant past.  

These two worlds are overseen by:It was through the Kongo Cross (left) I was led to discover the maa aankh (right), a Kamitic-Kongo inspired cosmogram that explains the "order of life" from my ancestors' cultural perspective.  It indicates that the universe consists of two worlds called TASETT - The Red Lands or Land of the Living, and KAMTA - The Black Lands or Land of the Honorable Dead, seperated by a watery barrier called nyun and unified by the vertical straight line called the maa.  

Khepera depicted as a man with the head of a scarab beetle or a scarab beetle rolling a solar disc out of darkness and across the sky, associated with the rising sun, corresponds to KALA, the Ki-kongo term for Black.  This is the point of birth as it refers to the innocence, naiveté and inexperience of children, which is associated with the eastern sun. Khepe-RA is the creative aspect of the soul-self and represents the moment of BIRTH. 

Ra portrayed as a hawk headed man associated with the midday sun according to Kamitic/Kemetic mythology corresponds to TU-KULA, the Ki-kongo word for red, hence, physical strength.  The color red marks the beginning of a female’s cycle symbolizing womanhood. It also used to mark young men’s acceptance into warrior-ship, thus signifying adulthood in traditional society.  The ancient Egyptian Ra is not the sun.  A thorough analysis will reveal that Ra was associated with the midday sun, hence his association with the Semitic El and name meaning “Strength", as well as masculinity. RA is the managerial/willing aspect of the soul-self and represents the moment of LIFE.

Ra Atum depicted as an elderly man and associated with the setting sun, corresponds to LUVEMBA- the KiKongo word for the white or gray hairs of an elder.  This is the point of transition and transformation, in which the body is not able to work for long periods of time.  This point also refers to the fall season, thus the end and death, which is associated with the western sun.  The Kamitic/Kemetic RA-Atum is the transforming aspect of the soul-self and represents the moment of DEATH.

Amun Ra depicted as a young man with a tall feather headdress or a man with the head of a ram, associated with hidden aspect of the sun during the night (midnight when the sun is believed to be shining on the other side and the new moon), corresponds to MUSONI the Kikongo term for yellow.  This is the point of spiritual rebirth, spiritual renewal and a spiritual new beginning, which also is associated with femininity, the south and the height of spiritual strength.  Amun-RA (Amon Ra, Amen Ra, etc.) is the renewing aspect of the soul-self and represents the moment of REBIRTH.  

The maa aankh helped me to develop a rapport with my aakhu and introduced me to my netcharu (netjaru, neter, guardian spirits).  It was from this encounter I soon discovered that the Land of Kam is a geographical referrence to Southern Kamit, Kush and other ancient black civilizations along the Nile.  It is also a biblical reference to all of the descendants of Ham or Kam, a cultural reference to ancestors residing in the mysterious unknown, a cultural gateway to initiates and a historical clue to where slaves would run, hide, escape and fight. 

By drawing my inspiration from Afro-American spirituality, I was able to tap into the mysterious realm of the unknown and improve my well being because the maa aankh revealed to me that man and woman truly are a reflection of the Universe.  We all are a microcosm of a greater Macrocosm. The power of God resides in us all, we just have to learn how to go within. 

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