Saturday, December 28, 2013

Myths & Tales: KMT of Kemet in the eyes of the uneducated

Photo taken from the Wikipedia
It's official and a fact that KMT or "km.t' stands for the ancient kingdom of Kemet which would be the area where Egypt is right now according to various internet sources.

According to the unofficial Wikipedia, ancient Egypt is commonly referred to as 'km.t' , with the theorized reference to the black Nile Delta earth. 

"The determinative O49 is used to designate the term for 'country, inhabited/cultivated land', called the niw.t (a political designate). It is a circle with a cross which represents a street, 'town intersection', further reads the online source.

It also adds that the 198 BC Rosetta Stone uses the Black (hieroglyph)three times to make the name of Egypt: km.t.

"The word ‘Egypt’ is the name that the Ancient Greeks gave to the country and is still used in Europe today. Prior to this, the people of Ancient Egypt had many names for their country such as ‘Ta Mery’ (the beloved land), ‘Ta Sety’ (the land of the bow) which was used for the southern most regions of the country and Nubia. 

"Another name was 'Kemet', which means ‘the black land’. All of these names were originally spelt without vowels, so for example Kmt. The meaning of Kemet has been much debated. 

"The word was spelt with four hieroglyphs: a piece of crocodile skin with spines making the sound K; an owl making the sound M and a half loaf of bread making the sound T. The round symbol represents a crossroads and shows the reader that in this context this is a place name," states The Fitzwilliam Museum on http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/.

However, when shown the symbols for Kemet, some uneducated healers claim it looks like a K for a cupped hand, M for water and T for a cross like the Sirius star drawn across the chest with make believe fire.

Some of these symbols are available online but it's interesting to note how differently some illiterate or less educated people can view a hieroglyphic or symbol unlike those who are experts and know better.  

If this is proven true, then the cupped hand would represent the way ancestors of this land clasped their hands when calling on spirits to ask Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe (God) or seek a request believing they were closer to the Creator.

The spirits of royal families especially the kings who were viewed as living gods were believed to be in the forefront and ancient priests etc would try and somehow invoke them.

They would usually clasp their hands three time at a place 'sacred' to them.  They believed that spirits also lived on mountains and water bodies.  And finally one could assume that the T would refer to the 4 winds of North, South, East and West in relation to the symbolic rebirth, renewal and life.

The African cross with a circular drawing on top would be vulgar and not for public viewing as it represented a woman's sexual organ and so on.

Some "drawings" are available in the sub-Saharan region but rumoured to be hidden by the descendants of ancient priests and priestesses and maybe that information can connect the lower region to the north and prove that humanity in ancient times was the same with different nations throughout the world. But all this remains just a theory and not official.
An ancient alphabet attempt at writing the letters K M and T?

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Tracing footsteps to lead me home

Greetings from the Warm Heart Africa, Malawi.

I'm a Malawian journalist who grew up in many countries including South Africa, Belgium, then West Germany, UK, Washington DC and New York in the US and I love New York.

Trying to come up with the production of my life and by compiling some of my 1000 poems into a book called ‘Tracing Footsteps’ to lead me Home with excellent photography.

I also plan to film award winning documentaries based on the history of this ancient land called Malawi and the mysteries of Sapitwa and the Sirius star.

.....watch this space.


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