Egyptian/Kemetic Reconstructionist Paganism

Kemeticism is a re-creation of the religion of Ancient Egypt, and includes the revival of its belief systems, its spirituality and other relevant aspects of its culture, such as literature and art. It is a belief in the Neteru* (Gods and Goddesses). It is a way of living in harmony with and upholding ma'at, which is balance in all things: the cosmos, the natural world and that of human society. The practice of the Kemetic religion today strives to be a living revival of the religion of the peoples of Ancient Egypt.

Kemeticism is a reconstructionist religion which utilizes scholarly methods to recreate the structures and practices of the ancient religion, and apply these to contemporary times. It bases its religious practices on modern scholarly and academic research. It is not a modern "New Age" interpretation of the beliefs of Ancient Egypt, nor is it an extrapolation based on any Western religio-magickal traditions such as Wicca or Ceremonial Magic, but rather the actual religious practices as recorded by the Ancient Egyptians. As Kemeticism can be considered one of the African Traditional Religions, which come from similar geographic and sociological sources, many Kemetics share styles and approaches to religious experience, rituals and life with such religions.

* There are several different ways of spelling and pronouncing the Ancient Egyptian terms for Deity/Deities. This has been chosen for simplicity and should not be interpreted to indicate that this spelling is inherently superior to any other. This is a matter of individual preference.

For more information, see our Kemetic FAQ.

Our forum has a Special Interest Group board devoted to discussions about Celtic Reconstructionist Paganism: Reformed Kemeticism SIG.

Suggested Reading

(Links are to book pages at Amazon.com and may not be to the specific printing listed.)

Primary Sources


Faulkner, R. O., The Ancient Egyptian Pyramid Texts )Oxford University Press, 1969)

Faulkner, R. O., The Egyptian Book of the Dead: The Book of Going Forth by Day (Chronicle Books, 1999) Ogden Goelet (Editor), Eva Von Dassow, James Wasserman.

Faulkner, R. O., The Ancient Egyptian Coffin Texts, Vol. I, Spells 1-354 (Aris & Phillips, Ltd. 1973)

Faulkner, R. O., The Ancient Egyptian Coffin Texts, Vol. II, Spells 355-787 (Aris & Phillips, Ltd. 1977)

Academic Sources


Note: For a really nice bibliography, please see the article titled: "A Beginner's Guide to Egyptology 2001" by Donald P. Ryan in the Summer 2001 issue of KMT, Volume 12, Number 2. (KMT is a magazine about all thing Egyptian, from an academic point of view. It is a very good resource for current theories and research in Egyptology.)

Allen, James P., Middle Egyptian: An Introduction to the Language and Culture of Hieroglyphs (Cambridge University Press, 1999). This book is introduction to the ancient Egyptian system of hieroglyphic writing and the language known as Middle Egyptian.

David, Rosalie, The Ancient Egyptians. 2nd rev. ed. (Sussex Academic Press, Brighton, UK, 1998). This book traces the evolution of religious beliefs and practices within the historical and political contexts of the major periods of Egypt's civilization.

Hart, George, A Dictionary of Egyptian Gods and Goddesses (Routledge & Kegan Paul, London, 1986). A comphrehensive dictionary of the the deities of ancient Egypt.

Hornung, Erik; Baines, John (translator), Conceptions of God in Ancient Egypt: The One and the Many (Cornell University Press, 1982). The book discusses aspects of divinity, the iconography and characteristics of the gods, and the relationship between gods and believers in ancient Egypt.

Lesko, Barbara S, The Great Goddesses of Egypt (University of Oklahoma Press, 1999). The book presents in depth histories of the cults of seven major Egyptian Goddesses.

Meeks, Dimitri and Favard-Meeks, Christine; G. M. Goshgarian (translator), Daily Life of the Egyptian Gods (Cornell University Press. 1996). This book describes the ancient Egyptian gods' community and the structures of their society.

Pinch, Geraldine, Magic in Ancient Egypt (University of Texas Press, Austin, 1994). This book examines the magical techniques, practitioners, surviving magical texts, and objects used in magic in ancient Egypt.

Shafer Byron E (editor), Religion in Ancient Egypt (Cornell University Press. 1991). An examination of religion in ancient Egypt, stressing the experience of the individual believer.

Selected Links


Akhet Hwt-Hrw Temple & School of the Religion of Ancient Egypt

The Ancient Egypt Site

Ancient Egyptian Resources

Antiquity of Man

Dover Publications: Dover has a ton of fun Egypt stuff-books, bookmarks, stencils, stickers, activity boxes, etc.

Egyptian Hieroglyphs

Egyptologist Electronic Forum

Hieroglyphs.net

Per Sekhmet

WebHotep.Com

Organizations


The International Network of Kemetics

The Kemetic Orthodox Faith

Oriental Institute: A wonderful source of texts that also sponsors classes and films, etc.

The Tehuti Foundation

Mailing Lists


Ancient Egyptian Language Email List and Archives

We would like to thank Nyx from the International Network of Kemetics for providing almost all of the above information.

Hekersebeqenaset's Essays


Hekersebeqenaset says "I would like everyone to keep in mind that all my writings are from my point of view. They were not created to be the opinions and/or views of all other Kemetics or any other adherents to other Pagan Religions."

Introduction to Kemeticism
What is this faith about?

Temple of the Cosmos
Ancient Egyptian Temples and their symbolism.

In Her Image
Statues and their place in Kemeticism.

Impurity
What is pure and impure in Kemetic ritual.

The Position of Nisut
What function the Nisut or King had for the Religion of Kemet: ancient and modern.

Hemet
The Kingly Ka and Priests.

Heka
What is Heka?

Money and Kemeticism
Money and its place in this religion.

Role of Priesthood
The role of Priests today.

Divination
The role of divination.

Literal Myth
Kemeticism and taking myths literally.

Sex is Not Taboo
Sex is not taboo in Kemeticism.

What is Ma'at?
What does it mean to be in Ma'at?

Fear of God
Fear of Netjer is not healthy.

Menstruation and Blood Taboo
A woman's monthly and how that effects religious practice in Kemeticism.

Kemetic Scholarship
Scholarship and its place in the reconstruction of Kemetic Religion.

Wine
Wine is an important offering in Ancient Egypt.

Wine Liturgy
A sample of a wine liturgy formula.

Isfet Didn't Do It
Scapegoats are not needed.

Community and Religion
Religion is not completely solitary.

Interesting Books

 

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