• What is the Kemtic Faith?
Kemetic faith is a religion to a growing number of people around the world. The word comes from the ancient name for Egypt the homeland of the Kemetic faith. It has its origins over 5,500 years ago in pre dynastic Egypt, when we see the first of the Kemetic Gods appear.
• Is the Kemetic faith a modern living Religion?
Kemetic faith is based on the religious practices of Ancient Egypt. It is an ever-evolving religion that combines ancient and modern practices to create a new, living religion. Embracing all the good that the modern world offers.
To many, the Kemetic faith goes is more of a philosophy or ‘way of life’. It is a philosophy because philosophy ‘means love of wisdom’ and the and the Kemetic faith is very much about learning from the Gods and the world that they have created around us.
This can be summed up in it 5 tenets or the upholding of Ma at.
(1) to lead a moral life, by excepting every one as equals in everything
(2) to be mindful and aware of thoughts and actions,
(3) to develop wisdom and understanding.
(4) Belief in upholding Ma’at
(5) Akhu (Ancestor) veneration
• How Can the Kemetic Faith Help Me?
The Kemetic faith explains a purpose to life, it explains apparent injustice and inequality around the world, and it provides a code of practice or way of life that leads to true happiness.
• Why is the Kemetic faith Becoming Popular?
The Kemetic Faith is becoming popular in around the world for a number of reasons, The first good reason is the Kemetic faith has answers to many of the problems in modern materialistic societies. It also includes (for those who are interested) a deep understanding of the human mind (and natural therapies) which prominent psychologists around the world are now discovering to be both very advanced and effective.
• Who are the Kemetic Gods?
Belief in Netjer (the Supreme Being) One belief central to the Kemetic Federation is the belief in Netjer, the supreme deity of the Kemetic faith, and its “Names”, the commonly recognized gods of ancient Egypt. These Gods and Goddesses, commonly called Names of Netjer, manifest in various different forms and have various different names, e.g. Anubis, Isis, etc. Followers of the Kemetic faith usually communicate with Netjer through these various Names. Without belief in these gods one would have little reason to consider oneself a follower of the Kemetic faith.
• Does the Kemetic faith Worship Idols?
The followers of the Kemetic faith worship the Netjer which is manifest in many forms and these take the forms of our Gods who are each one part of the whole.
• Are Other Religions Wrong?
The Kemetic faith is also a belief system which is tolerant of all other beliefs or religions. The Kemetic faith agrees with some of the moral teachings of other religions but the Kemetic faith goes further by providing a long term purpose within our existence, through wisdom and true understanding. The Kemetic faith is very tolerant and not concerned with labels like ‘Christian’, ‘Moslem’, ‘Hindu’ or ‘Buddhist’;
That is why the Kemetic faith does not preach and try to convert, only explain if an explanation is sought.
• Is the Kemetic Faith Scientific?
Science is knowledge which can be made into a system, which depends upon seeing and testing facts and stating general natural laws. The core of the Kemetic faith fit into this definition, because the Five tenets (see below) can be tested and proven by anyone in fact the Netjer asks followers to test the teaching rather than accept his word as true. The Kemetic faith depends more on understanding than faith.
• What did the Netjer Teach?
The Netjer taught many things, but the basic concepts in the Kemetic faith can be summed up by the Five tenet.
• What is the First Tenet ?
The first tenet is that life is suffering i.e., life includes pain, getting old, disease, and ultimately death. We also endure psychological suffering like loneliness frustration, fear, embarrassment, disappointment and anger. This is an irrefutable fact that cannot be denied. It is realistic rather than pessimistic because pessimism is expecting things to be bad. lnstead, the kemetic faith explains how suffering can be avoided and how we can be truly happy.
• What is the Second Tenet?
The second tenet is that suffering is caused by craving and aversion. We will suffer if we expect other people to conform to our expectation, if we want others to like us, if we do not get something we want,etc. In other words, getting what you want does not guarantee happiness. Rather than constantly struggling to get what you want, try to modify your wanting. Wanting deprives us of contentment and happiness. A lifetime of wanting and craving and especially the craving to continue to exist, creates a powerful energy which causes the individual to be born. So craving leads to physical suffering because it causes us to be reborn.
• What is the Third Tenet?
The third tenet is that suffering can be overcome and happiness can be attained; that true happiness and contentment are possible. lf we give up useless craving and learn to live each day at a time (not dwelling in the past or the imagined future) then we can become happy and free. We then have more time and energy to help others.
• What is the Fourth Tenet?
The fourth tenet is that Belief in upholding Ma’at Belief in upholding Ma’at is believed to be the force that keeps the world balanced. Ma’at is considered both a Name of Netjer (manifestation of God) and an abstract concept of balance, justice and truth. Members of the Kemetic faith believe that this standard must be upheld in all daily life, and most strive to act accordingly. This includes not being deliberately harmful to any person as well as being kind to one’s self, among other things. Also the care and good stewardship of our planet and its many gifts. There is no codified list of rules and laws that one must follow to uphold ma’at
• What is the Fifth Tenet?
Akhu (Ancestor) veneration Akhu (or ancestor) veneration is a very important aspect of the Kemetic faith. One’s Akhu are one’s ancestors. They are believed to have already experienced human life, and therefore it is thought that they can give valuable advice and support regarding things related to daily human life. Members believe that by honouring one’s Akhu, one ensures that they remain happy and satisfied in the Duat.
• How do I Become a follower of the Kemetic Faith?
The Netjer’s teachings can be understood and tested by anyone. The Kemetic Faith teaches that the solutions to our problems are within ourselves not outside. The Netjer ask’s all their followers not to take their word as true, but rather to test the teachings for themselves. ln this way, each person decides for themselves and takes responsibility for their own actions and understanding. This makes the Kemetic Faith less of a fixed package of beliefs which is to be accepted in its entirety, and more of a teaching which each person learns and uses in their own way.