So I began reading the Métu Neter which is going in depth of kemetic spirituality and right now discussing the founders of civilization, stages of life, how the white western people has ravaged the earth, the tree of life… I mean there’s a lot here and I’ll be studying this for a while. This is just one of seven volumes I believe. My questions are:
How do I begin to practice this spirituality?
As a white western male in his 30’s am I even capable or excepted into this spirituality? The Metu Neter discusses left and right side brain hemispheres. How does a left sided thinker become more right sided?
I have so much more questions but my main one is how do I begin the transition!
As Rev Tjesi said, the beginning for all of us here is our beginner’s course, which will teach the basics of what we believe, how we practice, and what the optional “next steps” are. As for the ability to be part of the spirituality, believing in Netjer, wanting and trying to do ma’at, and helping those around you are good ways to start
I’ve already applied and have been excepted into the beginners course. I was told it would start this month. I’ve been waiting since October now haven’t heard anything more; so that’s why I am reading the Metu Neter now. Do you know what day the class starts?
Don’t worry, I’m waiting too. There’s a list of recommendations for reading on Kemet.org that you could check out, for more foundational info. Have you tried reaching out to the Netjer in prayer? Or a lot of people like to connect with them through devotional art.
I’m not familiar with the book you are describing or the content you’re referencing within it. If you’re looking for resources to get started though, there is a recommended reading list on the main site here
I find it interesting that the book that and list I keep seeing includes a book listed as ‘Highly Recommended’ but it’s on Ancient Egyptian Art.
Am I missing something?
I’d love to read more about the actual beliefs and practices. I have signed up for the beginner course, but I’m still not sure where to find any information that I can read, as half of the books on the list aren’t showing up via the ISBN nor the title.
Unfortunately, some of the books don’t have a wide audience, and thus can be out of print or hard to find. Nothing is required, the recommended list is just that, recommendations for those who wish and are able to dive deeper.
As for art, the art of Kemet is intricately linked to the religion of Kemet, and much about one can help with learning about the other.
Yeah - it’s just difficult to get started as it seems like I narrowly missed the beginner’s course, and during the application it states things such as ‘conservative’ and such, yet I cannot find the context of which this means.
For instance, different religions have different meanings of conservative, and so without context, it’s just difficult to fully grasp what is expected in this religion.
I’ve been reading separate, highly regarded books on Egyptian Mythology and Kemet religion, but none of them are on the ‘Suggested Reading’, and it doesn’t appear to be a list that has easily accessible literature.
I get that, especially the missing the course date (I did that too way back when and had to patiently wait).
Conservative, in the context of the religion, means that we keep as much of the ancient ways as possible, but we still make room for our modern society and lives. Just like the Orthodox in our religion’s name, it refers to that rich history that we have, not a political leaning.
As for the books, good texts are hard to find, especially on a budget. My go to 2 books (especially for new folk) are The Ancient Egyptian Prayerbook and The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt (which was the first book I bought on this journey ) They are both wonderful and completely different from each other, and I find that dichotomy refreshing.
Thanks you, and lucky enough I already have The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt, but will also purchase The Prayerbook. If you have any other recommendations, at any price, I’d be grateful if you were able to share them.
And on the conservative side, I wasn’t thinking politically for instance, but I know some religions, like Islam, are considered ‘conservative’ based on what followers cannot do (drink, smoke, tattoos, etc), and what they must wear (hijabs). That is more along the line of what I was curious about.