Siku Ya Nne: Hello 2004!
1. Pan-Afrikan Curriculi
Hapo zamani za kale, ilisemwa Ukistaajabu ya Mussa utaona ya Firauni na kuna story najua bout migrashuns ya wa-bantu kutoka mashariki, kaskazini, magharibi na kusini ya Afreeka, na the spaces between akina mama kama Mekatilili wa Menza, Nana Yaa Asantewaa, Wangari Maathai, Ambuya Chiweshe en de great grand-mother of us all, Auset….
‘Whether you call her Asiis (Kalenjin) or Aset (the Sudanic Luo) or Ast (the pharaonic Copts), she is the essence of the Nilotic monotheon – whose plethora of divine manifestations appear to the uninitiated as “many gods” and “many goddesses”……
There was only one Deity, Asiis, whose name the Hellenes corrupted into Isis. The Canaanites called her Astarte or Asherah, the Israelites Astoreth or Esther, the Akkadians Ishtar, the Vedic Indians Iswara or Usha and the Gauls Oestre or Easter.
Spreading out of the Nile, she dominated religious thinking from the Limpopo to the Dnieper, from the Hwang-ho to the Shannon, from the Irrawady to the Senegal and, beyond the great sea, to the Arkansas and the Orinoco.
As the “Morning Star” (Venus), Ast was also the origin of such celestial words as “aster”, “Sterne”, “etoile” and “star” itself….’
…Scholars who really understood de mystery of Ast(arte) recognized in her one of de ancient prototypes of the Virgin Mary. In Syria and Nubia her sacred dramas celebrated de rebirth of the solar god from de Celestial Virgin each 25th of December. A newborn child was exhibited, while de cry went up that de Virgin had brought forth…….
2. Wahenga walinena, leo ni leo asemaye kesho ni muongo…….
According to de Kikuyu myth of origin, God/dess created the primordial parents, Gikuyu and Mumbi, and from Mount Kenya showed them the land on which they were to settle:
West from Mount Kenya to the Aberdares, on to Ngong Hills and Kilimambogo, then north to Gabatula. Together, Gikuyu and Mumbi had ten daughters—Wanjiku, Wambui, Wanjiru, Wangui, Wangeci, Njeri, Nyambura, Wairimu, Wamuyu, and Wangari —but they had no sons. The legend goes that, when the time came for the daughters to marry, Gikuyu prayed to God under a holy fig tree, migumo, as was his tradition, to send him sons-in-law. He instructed nine of his daughters—the tenth was too young to be married—to go into the
[reposted from:http://greenbeltmovement.org/w.php?id=50]3. Deconstructing maps to mlangos of no return
Kuna hadithi nyingine najua bout bridges, kutoka moyo wa Afreeka to de diaspora of righteousness, kama mwezi na omens. Literally, signs from de moon. Arts of divination were generally under de aegis of de ancient moon Goddess….
Any omen was numinous, a word derived from nu-men, another Latin rendition of Moon-spirit. Nu-men was the Roman counterpart of Mana.
Both werds meant revelations emanating from de Moon mama…..
Mana may be compared to Hindu Maya, de Virgin Goddess whose name was “powah”, and Arabic Manat, de Goddess whose name was “fate” and who represented de Triple Moon. In archaic Europe, Mana was de Moon-mama who gave birth to de race of man-that is, of woman, which is what man originally meant.
Mana or Mania became a common name for the Great Goddess as Creatress and Queen of Heaven (moon), because it was intimately connected with de mysterious powahs of womben, like de mwezi itself…
Upper Egypt used to be called Khemennu, “Land of De Mwezi.”….Ashanti people had a generic term for all deities, Boshun, “Mwezi”…Iroquois folks called her “De Eternal One”….ancient rulers of de Tutsi were named (after) Mwezi, “Moon”….
De Moon Goddess created time, with all its cycles of creashun, growth, decline en destruction, which is why ancient calendars were based on phases of de moon en menstrual cycles….Few religious symbols occurred in so many diverse contexts as symbols of de mwezi.
In de runic menological calendar the mwezi sickle stood for de festival of Harvest Home, which de Scots called Kim – from Koreion, moon-virgin Kore-which Christians renamed the Feast of Our Lady of Mercy. In Gaul the crescent moon stood for de druidic Diana. Crescere meant “to grow”, a form of Latin creare, to produce, to create. Hence de crescent. Modern France still makes them, en calls dem croissants, “crescents,” colloquially known as “moon-teeth.” …..
[revised excerpts from The Woman’s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets, (as compiled by) Barbara G. Walker]
4. Wom(b)ans Knowledge of Reality: Iri ukabi itiri Gikuyu. What is in Maasai is not in Kikuyu.
The next major determinant of de quality of Wo/man’s life depends on what s/he believes is real. Whether they have articulated it or not, everyone operates from certain ideas regarding what is real and what isn’t. The exposition of Cosmology in de ‘Metu Neter’ [en other indigenous Afreekan oracles] has shown us that reality encompasses a range of states of energy/matter from de unformed, hence imperceptible, to de finite and restrictive physical matter that we are well acquainted with…And that all “beings” are in reality the percolation of one original consciousness through each separate form in the world.
Imagine sunlight flowing through glasses of different colours. The same colorless light will come out yellow, through one, red through the other, and so on. In each case it will have different qualities and limitations, yet they are all separate expressions of the same entity.
In addition, it is important to realize that there is no separation, cannot be any separation
between the whole (holy!) light entering de glass and de light fragment (of a particular color, wave length etc.) leaving de glass on de other side. This is de message, stripped of poetry, of The Tree of Life….
Unlike Western education which seeks to teach people to make better things, the Afreekan traditional educational system aims at making better people…..the exact manner in which de spiritual cultivation of wo/mban is to be undertaken…is shown, once more, by de Tree of Life and de metaphorein (incorrectly called myth) of Ausar, which, incidentally is de oldest recorded initiation doctrine known to (wo)mankind…
According to de hadithi, in de most ancient of times a Kamitic king named Ausar discovered de method of raising his consciousness to de highest division of his spirit, and increasing his spiritual powah to its highest potential. As a result he was able to bring civilization—a spiritually controlled way of life—to de people, with its accompanying social harmony, peace, and prosperity….
It wasn’t long before his youngest brother, Set—symbol of the dedication of our intellectual faculties (logical en artistic) to de service of de sensuous, en emotional nature—became jealous
of all the adulation and homage paid to Ausar. Driven by his lust for powah, en de rebelliousness of de animal spirit against de order en laws imposed by Ausar, Set, with de assistance of a confederacy of no-gooders, killed Ausar. They then hacked his body into fourteen pieces, en scattered them all over de land. It is said that a shrine to a Deity emerged at each place where a part of his body fell. Those with understanding will grasp what is implied regarding “polytheism.”
With Ausar out of the way, Set usurped de Kingship, en proceeded to terrorise de world.
He created de first empire—rule of a foreign powah over others—en replaced the system of maintaining social order through moral cultivation with a policing system; as symbolised by the fragmenting of de body of Ausar into pieces, he separated religion from de state, education, separated God/dess from nature, from Man, separated spirit from physical matter, de divine from de mundane—in short, he alienated Man from God/dess, de world, and himself….
Everyone, deities included, feared him. He was invincible in war and violence, which were his chief means of settling differences, as well as de objects of his worship. No one opposed him. many even basked in de material pleasures with which he bought them off—all except Ausar’s two youngest sistas—Auset and Nebt-Het.
They searched for, en found de dismembered parts of Ausar’s body, reunited them, wrapped de body in white linen (as a mummy), en buried his body at de bottom of de river. They set for his protection, de great Serpent Kematef (Kundalini).
Some say that with werds of powah given to her by Tehuti, others say that with Ausar’s choicest part, she immaculately conceived a son—Heru—to Ausar, who as a legitimate heir to de throne could challenge Set, who had usurped it. And as in
the Christian myth, which was copied from de Ausarian metaphorein thousands of years later, Set, hearing about de birth of a king who could challenge his reign en save de kingdom, sent his agents out to find en kill de child. But Auset was able to elude them en raise Heru to manhood.
Grown into full manhood, he engaged Set in a series of battles that lasted for hundreds of years. Victory slipped in and out of de hands of each combatant. But this stalemate was a victory to Set, for as long as morality and spirituality did not rule de world, he was achieving his goal.
Eventually Heru learned of de existence of a Deity that Set could not bother, who remained aloof of de events going on in de world. This, Deity, Tehuti, it was written, was de only one that could guide Heru to a sure victory over Set. Heru sought
his guidance, and was thus able to defeat Set. It was not accomplished militarily, but in de court of law, where Set was tricked into accepting the very laws that he had deviced to enslave others—“maintaining law and order,” he called it. As one of Set’s strong points was communication his penalty was to serve as de wind that propels de boat of Ausar—i.e to disseminate de wisdom of Ausar en Auset throughout de worlds
[revised excerpts from The Metu Neter Vol.1, The Great Oracle of Tehuti and the Egyptian System of Spiritual Cultivation by Ra Un Nefer Amen]