Today’s episode was recorded on location in San Francisco back in spring 2018, where I met with members of the Kemetic Temple of San José and the Temple of Ra.
I first encountered the Temple of Ra through one of its founders, Richard Reidy, who was a participant In my phd research, and so generous with his time and knowledge that we later became friends. Sadly, Richard passed away in 2015 but his legacy lives on in the form of a number of Egyptian Kemetic Temples in the USA and two books on Ancient Egyptian Ritual practices.
But what is Kemeticism?
To put it extremely simply, Kemeticism is the revival and or reconstruction of ancient Egyptian religion and practices in the modern age. It crosses multiple boundaries, of geography, ethnicity and culture, but one thing they all tend to have in common is a reverence for the ancient Egyptian deities, and desire to uphold Ma’at - that’s the principle of truth, harmony, justice and order named for the goddess Ma’at of ancient Egypt, or Kemet.
Kemeticism comes from the word Kemet which is the ancient name for Egypt, often translated as ‘Black Land’. We’ll get into the implications of that nomenclature another time, as that deserves several episodes, but for now, relax, grab a cup of your favourite bevvy, and settle in for this two-part interview with members of these Kemetic Temples. Enjoy!
Kemetic Temple of Ra and San José
Kemetic Orthodoxy (“KO”) /House of Netjer
Per Akhet Temple
Richard Reidy’s Eternal Egypt
Richard Reidy's Everlasting Egypt: Kemetic Rituals for the Gods (published posthumously by temple members)
Daily Offering Ritual
Beer in ancient Egypt
The Pyramid Texts
Sekhmet Statuary (Also See Setken’s reference to a similar Sekhmet experience/awakening, and a reference to the same phenomenon by Richard Reidy in Profane Egyptologists).
Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (not to be conflated with Greek Political Far-Right group of same name)