Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Ancient Naming Ceremonies Return

What Is In A Name?



Sba Nuta Beqsu AmenRa El, Director of the Amen Par Ankh (APA) led an African Naming Ceremony on the Vernal Equinox, Sunday, March 20th, 2016 at APA’s Auset PrAnkh and Amen Ankh Akademy Green STEAM Skuli. The Director outlines the importance of taking on an African name.


  


Hetepu, I first want to say that the subject of Our names, naming Ceremonies and speaking our own languages are a fundamental core for empowering a nation. Most of us don’t think about our names, where we come from, or what our names mean, which in and of itself is a place for enlightenment and Healing. The fact that we take our names so lightly is not by chance and is not the way or our Ancient peoples. This is something we must restore in our efforts to reestablish a Gnome society.

Names are really important to our collective culture, because names connect us to our past, our memories, our languages, our sounds of power, proverbs, genius, and wisdom of Our-story vs "history". If you look back and see where you came from and dig into your Ancient Ancestral roots, our names are Fundamental. Yet in this western society, our names were missing and deliberately deleted by an alien and harsh commercial construct. Our languages were the core of our powerful culture. Our Songs, Prayers and Names are the Hekas and Sound of power that tie us to our collective consciousness and the utterances to Ma, our Yoniverse.
Our Names and our languages are connected to our cultural reality. Connected to thousands of years of history that was lost. Restoring and reuse of our languages is vital to reshape and define who we are as a people and as human beings. To have millions of our people, scores of millions and hundreds of millions of First Original people over hundreds of years, who have been renamed and erased, is a travesty and injustice. We have lived in an Alien Corporatakrazy where everything in their world view, was/is a commodity that has a price. Nothing is considered sacred. With their covetous nature, like a virus, these alien invaders, stole, tortured, raped and destroyed Human lives, desecrating and decimating cultures, communities, Economies, Eco-systems, land, and resources. They formed their commercial companies and raised their military to enforce what they surveyed. This plague actually took our Ancestors and then upon capture, would brand us using searing hot irons with the names of their company symbols now branded and seared into our skin, like cattle, we received symbols or names like “number 1” and “number 2” or “number 3” or "Property of Johnson plantation", factory or shipping company.
Our Ancestors would sometimes not even have names -we were the N-word or “boy” and “gal.” It was an incredible attack on who we are, so it would be difficult for us to even find ourselves, or for our loved ones to find us. If you look back and try to locate your family, in family trees or records, you can’t even find them, it’s like we disappeared.

YET WE ARE HERE! WE ARE SURVIVORS, OUR ANCESTORS DNA LIVES IN US!


Having Your Own Name Became an Offense

So now we are “Jones” and “Barbara” and we are “Jim” and “Judy,” with Sir-names of Smith, Davis, Johnson, Williams, McDaniels, etc. which are peculiar names for our people. So you can’t even trace yourself looking, going backwards. It’s a really powerful and significant thing. This is something that our people as warriors, have been fighting and struggling with forever.
Having your own name became an offense. Often times a criminal offense. We were beaten and traumatized for speaking, reading or writing our own language and calling out to our ancestors or using the Heka sounds to disrupt the toxic energy around us. To hold on to your name is to hold on to your past, is to hold on to who we are, our Culture, our collective Memory, Wisdom, Power and Identity as Human Beings.
One of the things that our captors had to do was erase our memory, as historical genocide and amnesia so that none would know who we were. or where to find us; and later, where to find us in history. Their very intent was to destroy our humanity and render us to a voiceless herded animal state, like cattle. This is our Maafa trauma. We’ve had to face the slander of our cultural ways in the Americas, Europe, and Mama Afrika herself. They used our Children. They snatched our children away from their mother's breast, separating their small and defenseless bodies from even nurturing and emotional ties. They force our children into hog pens or boarding houses and forced them to deny our languages and cultures. To only speak enough rough simple English like a trained dog, to follow orders and serve. When they grew to become parents themselves, they learned to speak to their own offspring in the same manner. Our Babies were terrorized, tortured, starved, molested and raped as little children, until they grew to despise themselves, despise all authority and their parents who were helpless to save them.
For a while, if you wanted to find yourself, you really didn’t want to be native American, or Afrikan, because Indians were depicted as brutal, desperate and wild, in a barren landscape, and Africa is thought of as this place where monkeys and wild people and savages live. (look at the cartoons they fed our children) So we didn’t want to be associated with that. As children under peer pressure, in childcare centers, schools and under their religions, bible and churches, we were made to feel ashamed and forced to deny our cultures as evil in America and of Africa. We were taught to be ashamed of who we are and who our Ancestors were. This left our children vulnerable to crave our oppressors culture consumer traps. We straighten our hair, we lighten our skin, we think and speak in their language, we wear their western clothes, live in their rectangular housing constructs eat their foods and practice their religions- only to compete for, go into debt for, and create strife against each other- for "Shiny Things" and materialistic addictions!
So we were corralled into following the western patriarchal systems as the only systems we were permitted, and have become Jehovah's Witness, Catholic, Apostolic, Baptist, Methodist Episcopalian, Hebrews, etc., or the “Asiatic Blackman” if you look at the Islamic groups. We have become all of these other things. Yet, these are products of colonialism themselves! Terms like, “Puerto Ricans,” which ain’t nothing but a Spanish-speaking African, is a reflection of how we succumbed to embrace western influences, and to despise our African origins. We'll say we're “part Italian” or anything other than our true nature. So, as we carry these foreign names, we segregated our minds from the brutality that was associated with them. This was something that made our names––our own identity––something that was hard to hold onto.





Our Names Have Meaning

Today we want to engage in being reborn in a new beginning for many of us. Like a new birth, it’s almost like being born again like in the church. "A People Perish From Lack of Knowledge" This is our collective knowledge of self.
So how do we Re-Member our names and practice Our traditional ways of life if we were scattered from our historical origins? One way is by sharing our Ancestral memories and traditions to instill our values and principals into our precious Children. Our naming ceremonies, can be a powerful force, not only for our newborns, but for ourselves as adults to acquire a name. It may be helpful for at least one family member, to participate in a DNA test. At least one family member can glean a cultural reference. We must also gather our oral history between our families, on where our Ancestors lived before the invasions. We know that there is NO "race." This was manufactured as a political construct for social control and class/economic status. Our society would fair better to completely remove race as a narrative, into our future. ALL HUMAN beings come from African Human Ancestry. Yes, African people, in their multiple varieties, are our oldest known Ancestry on the planet. Yet African peoples have established great civilizations All over the planet. So, we can't assume that our DNA tells the whole story of our families or nations. Just like we can no longer assume that people of African Ancestry, only came from Africa through the Trans- Atlantic wars and prisoner capture. For instance, As Native Americans, we are not one lump group of people. We have a variety of genotypes and phenotypes; language groups, dialects,  and cultural traditions that are represented all over the American continent. So, Mexicans, Jamaicans, Brazilians, Puerto Ricans, Choctaw, Lakota, Cherokee, Alaskans, etc. are ALL Native Americans from different regions of the continent. 
Because the truth is that, although you see Afrikan civilizations and presence, all over the planet, throughout the continents in Europe, Asia, America, Australia and Africa, in Languages, You can find Afrikan cultural remains all over the planet- In the languages, Spiritual Icons, bead work, burial customs, Mounds and Pyramids, Stone Work, paintings, etc. Anthropologist have always historically known this to be true. They are also historically, the main perpetrators for cover-ups, for fear of facing the shut down of their university grants, scholarships and sponsors. - (follow the money)... (Now you have caucasians attempting to claim native American Ancestry, to control the narrative of Melanin presence in history, using Native American casino money) The First- Oldest human beings- in Europe, Asia, The Americas; Australia, the Islands; and of Course Africa, etc. were black skinned, nappy haired peoples first found in Afrika, who traveled all over the planet for millennia.. Yes, Native Americans have African DNA and not the other way around.

As a stream of consciousness, and Afrikan cultural similarities in different places, there were still all kinds of variations in customs in how namings occurred. In some places on the continent, for example a person was named as soon as the umbilical cord fell off. Some places, 7 or 8 days later, a person achieved a name. Sometimes a person would achieve one name and then, at eleven or twelve, or would get an adult name later on. Sometimes a person would even have a secret name so the enemies wouldn’t be able to locate that person by knowing the name. Just like we do now in our street organizations. 
Among the Akamba people of Tanzania, a child is named on the third day following their birth. Before the naming ceremony, the newborn is regarded as a spirit and not as a complete human being. A goat is slaughtered in appreciation of the ancestral spirits for the gift of a child and the fertility of the parents. The announcement of the newborn baby’s name by his or her grandmother or an elderly woman relative is the climax of the ceremony.
So there are variations of names and naming ceremonies. But one thing that is relatively common is that African names have meanings and that’s really important. In some places, names depend on the day one was born, the month or even the circumstances. For instance, my son was born prematurely, there’s a name for that. The name “born early”...”Mashombe”, from a language in Congo.
In the KMT societies, We went to the spiritual leaders of our communities. We knew they had access to the Oracles of the Neteru, communed with the Aku (Light beings) and the Sheps (Ancestors) to direct our pathway to our purpose. We believe that Our Children have just arrived through the vortex of heaven, and our Elders are returning to the heavens...
And that’s one of the things that is relatively common about our cultural names, that the Spiritual leaders, grandparent or Elders often were the people who would choose our names. Names also were constructed––depending on how the person is born, how the person looks, whether it was a difficult birth, or things like this––these are the things that help to define what names are going to be.

Our Name Gives Us Something to Live Up To

So, names are important because they give us a mission. Words are Things, Thing are alive. We find ourselves having to live up to or Name- Our Reputation. Our Actions not only reflected on our own character, but that of our entire family and neighborhood.


Affirmation Initiation to a KMT Name

The Ancient Kemetic System is one of the oldest systems that remain intact, that ties back to our collective original peoples. The Ancient Kemetic system of acquiring a Name is a process of initiating the manipulation of the life-force with sounds of power and words of meaning. My name is: NUTA BEQSU which means "heaven gives me balance." This is the development of Affirmation, then Visualization of my destiny. As anyone speaks my name, I will receive a program into my conscious spirit, to produce thought sequences to direct a course of action and as way to achieve success in my life journey. Visualization is thought converted into a pleasurable visual image(s) to achieve a goal and/or purpose. As KMT initiates, we connect with Divine Power to guide and direct our pathways. As my name is spoken to me, I receive unity of direction in my life. My name reflects my Destiny. Nu, (the Primordial Waters) Nut,(The Heavens) Ta- (the heavenly land) Beqsu (beckons me to balance)... So, the sight Sound, vision, smells and colors associated with my name will give me guidance in my destiny and pathway.

 





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