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Excerpt from 

MAA AANKH 

Volume One

By Derric Moore

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Breaking Spiritual Ground

Returning back home, I found a fairly decent job in downtown Detroit. G, who had just recently graduated with his B.S. in electrical engineering, took a job downtown as well, several blocks from where I worked. So, since my father had an extra car, I would pick up G and drive to and from work everyday.

            Now, the relationship between my father and I was for the most part on a hi-and good-bye basis. We never talked about anything because there was really nothing to talk about. Even though I didn’t openly express it, I still had a lot of hatred for the church and his allegiance to it. Thinking I was old enough to come and go as I pleased, I staunchly refused to go to church and followed my parents’ rules according to my choosing.

            Determined to live (what I thought was) a spiritual life, G and I had joined several spiritual study groups that existed around the city. We tried to practice Yoga and Tai Chi because we were told that they would help us to become more spiritual. We also tried to help each other in understanding various subjects that we had encountered. For instance, I remember one time we had a serious discussion about the myth that the original language was Arabic, but we learned that it was the Kamitic hieratic and demotic scripts, which looked a little bit like Arabic, that were the oldest written language and not Arabic. 

Another thing that I helped him to learn was Supreme Mathematics, which helped both of us to learn and understand a little bit about the Jewish mystical system called the Kabala. Later we learned from a friend from New York about a new type of Kabala system, which was created by the Kamitic people called the Paut Neteru. The Paut Neteru also called the Kamitic Tree of Life according to Ra Un Nefer Amen I author of Metu Neter: The Great Oracle of Tehuti and the Egyptian System of Spiritual Cultivation Volume 1, is the inspiration behind the Kabala.

Supreme Mathematics, Kabala and the Paut Neteru

Supreme Mathematics

Kabala

Paut Neteru

 

0. EinSof – The Limitless

0. Amen

1. Knowledge

1. Kether – Will

1. Ausar

2. Wisdom

2. Chochmah – Wisdom

2. Tehuti

3. Understanding

3. Binah – Understanding

3. Seker

4. Culture/Freedom

4. Chesed – Mercy/Love

4. Maat

5. Power

5. Gevurah – Justice

5. Herukhuti

6. Equality

6. Tiferet – Beauty

6. Heru

7. God

7. Netzach – Victory

7. Het-Heru

8. Build-Destroy

8. Hod – Splendor

8. Sebek

9. Born

9. Yesod – Foundation

9. Auset

0. Cipher

10. Malkuth - Kingdom

10. Geb


The various study groups that G and I were participating in led us to start reading more about the traditional African religions, since the Kamitic people were believed to be of African descent. Many of these study groups were all reading or at least referring back to the Metu Neter. While a couple of these study groups were focused upon studying classical and contemporary traditional African civilizations, it was through one group in particular that focused upon African history and thought that we were encouraged to read The Irritated Genie: An Essay on the Haitian Revolution by Jacob H. Carruthers, about the loa/orishá Oggun in regards to Haiti’s independence.

            At the time most of what I was read I found to be very fascinating, but it was overshadowed by the groups’ politics. It didn’t take long for G and I to see that many of these spiritual study groups, like any other organization, had problems too. In factthe same problems that almost existed in the church, spiritual study groups had them as well, and they were worst. What made spiritual study group politics worst than the church was that at least the churches were unified under the umbrella of their belief in God. In many of the spiritual study groups we tried to participate in there were numerous beliefs. The only unifying factor ended up being the individual that appeared to have the most knowledge (information). The individual that had the most knowledge was able to hold sway over most of the people in the group. That individual in another one of the spiritual study groups that G and I participated in was this lady named Bertha. 


Excerpt from 

MAA AANKH 

Discovering More Hidden Hands

The Yowa Cross, also called the Dikenga, Tendwa Nza Kongo and the Kongo Cross, according to Robert Farris Thompson, author of Flash of the Spirit: African and Afro-American Art and Philosophy, was a simple diagram predating Christianity that showed the evolution of the soul. The horizontal line of the cross is believed to be the dividing line between the mountain of the living (above) and their polar opposite the mountain of the dead (below).

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Figure 2: The Kongo Yowa Cross or Tendwa Kia nza-n' Kongo


The mountain of the living is called ntoto (earth) and the mountain of the dead is called mpemba (white clay), which is believed to be resting under the body of water symbolized as the horizontal line called kalunga. In fact, in some interpretations the whole bottom half of the cosmogram is referred to as kalunga to signify that the land of the dead is complete, whole, in regards to understanding the both sides in the cycle of life.

            The discs surrounding the Kongo cosmogram (from right to left) are the sunrise, midday, sunset and midnight (when the sun is believed to be shining on the other side) and the four stages of life –birth, growth, death and rebirth, thus indicating the Kongo belief that the righteous will never truly die but will be reborn like the sun, either in the body or name of their descendant or as an everlasting spirit of nature called a simbi, which I learned from Papá Raúl is the equivalent to a Christian saint.

            Then I began to remember that in the Story of RA and Oset, when RA was asked what his true name is, he responded by saying,”I have a multitude of names and a multitude of forms. In this response, I noticed that the ancient Kamitic people used the word “RA” as a prefix and suffix to create words, names and places like Auf RA, RA-Ptah, KhafRA, MenkauRA, Asr RA, Khnemu-RA, similarly to the way the ancient Hebrews used the word “el” to create words, names and places like EL-Shaddai, EL-ohim, EL-Olam, ang-EL, Rapha-EL, Micha-EL, Gabri-EL, and Isra-EL (Israel).

            When I looked up the word/name “el”, I found that it roughly translates to mean “might, strength, action, work and power” and was used to signify the true God of Israel. Exactly like the ancient Kamitic word “RA”, which means “To do, act, action, power, the act of working, etc.” and was made into a pronoun to become RA. When I found that the Ancient Semitic name EL-Ro'I or El Rohi (The God of Seeing –meaning we rely upon God to help us to humble ourselves by allowing us to see our faults and weaknesses because God is our shepherd) was phonetically and etymologically simlilar to RA, that’s when I realized that the ancient Hebrews borrowed this concept and practice of using El as a prefix and suffix from the ancient Kamitic people, because the latter were older and had a far longer history of using this exercise. This meant that the Hebrew El was the Kamitic version of RA.

            That’s when it became crystal clear that, if I was able to see this connection, I am sure that archeologists, Egyptologists and other Western scholars, including theologians, could have found this as well, and either they chose to ignore it, or totally disregarded it in order to continue to perpetuate the myth that the ancient Kamitic people (and all people of color) worshipped deities, idols, animals and other things like the sun.

            Then I remembered the various testimonies that were given at the church of my youth. The people that testified made claims of how they were able to accomplish miraculous things because of the power of the Holy Ghost that they had within them. The Holy Ghost, which they claimed is “like fire shut up in their bones”, gave them, according to Galatians 5:22-23, “…joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control”. Other gifts of the Holy Spirit I remember were generosity, modesty, and chastity. As well as the ability to exorcise evil spirits, see angels/demons, perform miracles and speak in tongues.

Now, in one part of the Story of RA and Oset, RA states that he is “KhepeRA in the morning, RA at noon and Tmu (RA Atum) in the evening”, but he still hadn’t told Oset his name. When RA finally reveals his hidden name to Oset he steps out and allows this name to pass from him to her, which causes the dying RA to be renewed. The hidden name of RA was cleverly weaved into the story to mean Amun RA –The Hidden RA. That’s when I began to see the complexity in using RA as a symbol. RA was symbolized as the sun to symbolize that God’s Consciousness is eternal and cannot be created nor destroyed. Yet at the same time RA was understood to be a powerful force. A similar problem existed in the church, which is why there are so many a denominations arguing over whose doctrine is right or wrong. Was it Jesus Only, Jesus and the Trinity, the Trinity, the Father, Son and Holy Ghost...? No one knows, I was shown, because God is an Infinite Spirit and it is difficult to define and describe something (for a lack of better words) that you cannot physically see. This is the same problem the Kamau had. They couldn’t properly define and describe God because they understood the human perception of things was extremely limited. The Kamau understood, it seems, that the only way to define and describe God is based upon inesperience, which is why they used so many stories with allusion and puns, in order to get the listener or reader to delve deeper within.

When I thought about how God cannot be physically seen and compared this to my personal experiences, it made sense why the Kamau had so many different names for God. These names of God weren’t labels but words meant to describe and somewhat define who God is. The reason there were so many names is because no one can properly define who and what God is. No one can put God in a box. It just cannot be done. It is like trying to put the ocean in a box. So, to clarify matters, God, the Supreme Being, was called in the Kamitic language Nebertcher, which means Lord of Everything.

It’s understood that it is the Spirit of God that has the ability to change an individual’s life, because the Spirit of God is an awesome Power. This is why Oset wanted to know the name of God: so that she could be changed from a mere mortal to a divine being. It is the same reason why people in the church seek the Holy Ghost, so that they can overcome their earthly problems through spiritual means. It is the same reason why I sought the Holy Ghost when I was a teen. This all led me to see that there were two RAs that existed in the story. There were the RA talking to Oset that journeyed through the two regions, and the RA that exists at midday, according to the Story of RA and Oset. This explained why RA was described as being strong, mighty and powerful at noonday, yet feeble and old like an old man that could be tricked. If God is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent, clearly God cannot be tricked because this would contradict who and what God really is. Not to mention the fact that God already knew that someone was trying to trick him. Clearly RA is not Nebertcher. It is an aspect and attribute of God.

The RA talking to Oset, it came to me, corresponded to the Consciousness of God. According to Kamitic thought, in the beginning God didn’t exist but had to self-create ItselfAnchor because the earth (and everything that existed) was without form, because there was a great void (Genesis 1:2). When RA states to Oset that he is KhepeRA, RA and Tmu (or RA Atum), it is understood that the hidden name is Amun RA. It became clear to me that these were all allusions to the fact that God is always Aware, Alert and Conscious, because God’s Consciousness is always coming into being and transforming like the sun. This meant to me that:

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3: KHEPERA - The Coming Into Existence RA

KHEPERA is the “Coming into existence (RA)” and is associated with the scarab beetle. Since the scarab beetles lay their eggs in dung balls (a symbol of

nothing or no-form) and roll them into holes where they were buried, after which the larvae would be born, this was seen by the Kamitians as a sign of birth, resurrection and renewal outof nothing. KHEPERA symbolizes the creative powers and consciousness of the God. It is associated with the rising sun, lower life, plants and newborns.

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4: RA

RA is the one that was often portrayed as a youthful man with a falcon head. Living in the country allowed me to see that many falcons and hawks usually hunt their prey from high perches or while hovering in the air, and, most of the time, at dawn or dusk, when prey is mostactive. The Kamitians apparently saw RA as one that sees everything from beginning to end, so they sometimes called him RA- HruKhuti –RA the Hru of the Horizon.The word “RA” also means “ruler”. RA, therefore, symbolizes the

aggressive aspects of the God’s Power and consciousness that is used to stand upright and fight the enemy, associated with the midday sun, seen as young adulthood to adulthood/maturity, also an individual of authority.

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Figure 5: RA ATUM - The Complete RA

RA ATUM (also called RA Tum or Atum RA) means “The Complete RA.” RA Atum symbolizes the transformative powers of the God’s Power to make one stronger and wiser spiritually (especially after a tests, trials and tribulations), thus RA Atum is portrayed as an old man wearing the double crown of Kamit indicating the beginning of the end. As such he is symbolized as the setting sun.

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Figure 6: AMUN RA - The Hidden RA

AMUN RA means “The Hidden RA” and is portrayed as a victorious man wearing a crown of plumes, ususally either sitting or standing. In Kush (Ancient Nubia) Amun RA was often portrayed as a mountainous ram. This is because the spiraling of the ram’s hornAnchor indicates that Amun RA symbolizes the rejuvenating, renewal, purifying, rebirthing, reviving, reforming miraculous and prophetic aspects of the God’s Power, that are a complete mystery to humankind. Amun RA is the most profound mystery in the universe, associated with the hidden moon and the mysteries of rebirth.This is why the Kamitians credited Amun RA with their victory in the expulsion of the Hyksos.

The RA that could be tricked and manipulated is the Power or Spirit of God because it is an indescribable force. This force could not only be tricked but the forces of evil often attacked RA, according to Kamitic legend, as well. This clearly indicates that the Kamau were speaking metaphorically when talking about RA and that he is not God nor is he the sun. Again, when I compared this to my life, I remembered when hanging out with the Rastas when I was attending school, they would drum and get a spiritual feeling called “irie”. This “irie” feeling is what people in the church called the “annoininting”. When a singer in the church sung with the annoininting, like when the great Mahalia Jackson sung How I Got Over (live), she touched the hearts of all people. This is because the Power or Spirit of God can be manipulated through singing, music, drumming, dancing, breathing, etc. It is what the Chinese called Chi energy because it exists throughout the universe, but I am reminded through my experience that it could be lost. Funny, I remember my parents saying when they became angry with us boys that “You almost made me say something.” Meaning, there was something within that helped them to refrain from saying, acting and behaving like “saved” people or saints. On other occasions I have heard other people’s parents say, “You ‘bout to make me lose my Holy Ghost.” I could never understand how or what would make them lose their Holy Ghost because I didn’t understand really how they got it in the first place, but it was all starting to make a lot more sense now, through studying the Kamitic tradition.

For this reason I was instructed to spell the RA that could be tricked with a “u” at the end, to distinguish between these two RAs. RA ending with a ‘u’ pluralizes RA to spell Rau, to indicate that it is a force or is the Power and Spirit of God. This form of RA, symbolized as the encircling serpent by the Kamau, corresponded to the radiant, fiery energy that is said to be like fire in one’s bones according to Christian lore. This is another reference made in the story that RA’s body trembled and quaked. I could see now how some equated RA with the Yoruba orishá Aganyu –the spirit of volcanoes, but the Spirit informed me that I still wasn’t seeing the whole picture.

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Figure 7: Maa Aankh Cosmogram

So, I was inspired to put the four forms of RA together based upon their association with the sun, along with the ancient Kamitic theory of the universe, and compare it with the Yowa Cross. After doing so, I discovered the following cosmogram, which I was told is called the Maa Aankh. 

 

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