I had a blog post planned for yesterday; Tuesday 11/17/20, however, it just wouldn’t come out. I realized today; Wednesday, 11/18/20 that there was a reason for that. As I explain #TeachMeTuesdays post, it’s important to remember the context of the history of the world. So let’s reverse; for #WordofthDayWednesday, I wanted to discuss black/African history, and the interpretation of it. I had a few conversations that made me realize, inherently, we as Black people do not trust each other when it comes to history and facts. It is not inherited as mush as it is taught. For hundreds of years, Westerners have misinterpreted African history and printed it as fact, while dismissing the stories of Africans as “myth”.. We have internalized that as Black people, and will invalidate a Black person, forcing them to “prove” what they are saying. The problem with this is, is is contrary to the growth and unifying of Black people globally. Having a debate with a fellow African will result in them pulling out textbook answers written by western supremists who have not verified and even misinterpreted original meanings. For example, the Egyptian book of life, was sadly misinterpreted by westerners as the Egyptian book of the dead, because they didn’t understand the spiritual world of Africans. The original interpretation was a spiritual guide for people similar to the bible.
The point of today’s post is to bring light to the Egyptian creation story. I was having a conversation the other day and said, will God be more concerned that I obey and lived my purpose on this earth with faith or that I believed Adam came before Eve? Even if history is important, in the context of faith, is it what we will be judged on? There are thousands of cultures in the world, and each may have their own story on how the world started, should I tell them they’re wrong? Anyway, I am pulling this story word for word from this article on the American Research Center in Egypt Website, just to give an idea of what another creation story looked like. Word of the day? Be willing to challenge anything you know to know more, there are ways of life outside of your life! It doesn’t change who you are and what you stand on, just to understand different perspectives. It is not a myth just because it’s not yours. Enjoy! Original article can be found here.
“In a northwestern quarter of suburban Cairo, covered by 20 meters of earth, development and the lost echoes of history, is ancient Iwn, the city that witnessed the creation of the universe. This city, later called Heliopolis (city of the sun-god) by the Greeks and later Ain-Shams (eye of the sun) by the Arabs, is probably one of the oldest religious sites in the world. While its unexcavated remnants lie under centuries of fields and settlements, the place remains a symbolic monument to Ra, the greatest god of ancient Egypt. The origin story of how Ra spawned all that is known is both fascinating and illuminating: Before creation, according to Egyptian mythology, only Darkness embraced the Primeval Ocean out of which life would come. When the breath of life was strong and ready, the entity called Atum decided it was time for Creation to begin. An island emerged from the water to support this divinity, who manifested itself in the form of Ra, the sun god of Egypt. On a Primeval hill, Ra created out of himself the first gods, Shu (Dryness and Air), and his partner Tefnut (Humidity), who would engender other gods to complete the Cosmos: Geb the Earth god and Nut the Sky goddess. In turn, these two birthed the Principles of life, namely Osiris the Perfect Being, who eventually would rule over the rest of the world—which Ra was busy creating by naming the elements. And by the way, humankind happened out of the tears of his eyes. Osiris was a kind and wise ruler who taught humans agriculture and civilization. With his sister/wife Isis, who helped her husband with creativity and magic, they formed the perfect couple. Their brother Seth was strong but unruly, the opposite of his brother. In fact, Seth envied Osiris so much that he killed him so he could inherit his throne and rule Egypt the way he wanted. Seth’s sister/ partner Nephthys could not stop the murder despite her love for their siblings. Killing Osiris turned out not such a bad idea. He was resurrected through the magic of his wife long enough to impregnate her with son Horus, who would later avenge his father and recapture the throne of Egypt. Then Osiris departed to the Otherworld to rule over the deceased, thus ensuring resurrection and the cycle of life.”