Greetings to Rastafari Collective,
As there seems to be on going European MISconceptions in regards to Rasta and Kemet (Ancient Egypt), I would like to take the opportunity to share some Ancient records which show that RASTA was known and revered in Kemet, thousands of years before the physical manifestation of RasTafari Haile Selassie I. We shall see that when InI say that Rasta has been here from the dawn of Creation, it isnt just lyricks. Please read the following and note not only where RASTA is mentioned, but the HONORABLE context in which it is spoken of.
Let us also remember that the word RA originally comes from Ethiopia:
by: Tsegaye Gabre-Medhin:
The names of Africa and Ethiopia are both Mother-symbols or Matriarchal names. Derived from the ancient Egyptian Kushitic word Afa-Ra-Ka, the original name of Afrika is an Ethiopic noun, as in the name of the pre-Axumite civilization of Yeka (YeHa/ 2600 B.C.), or the modern name of Yeka Mikael meaning God’s Angel Michael. Also the depiction of the Afrika name, as in the Amharic word Afer means Earth and soil, or as in the Oromifa word Afa, means Earth and all the plants that grow on it, and as in the Afar name in the Afar language means Sun King of Earth. Fa-Ra-An (Pharoan, Fereon) means I am the Sun King of Earth. Fa-Ra-Ka-An (Farakan) means, I am the Sun King and God of Earth, etc. In the original black Egyptian Kushitic term, Afa is the Planet Earth. Ra is the Sun King, and Ka is the name of God; therefore Afa-Ra-Ka means the Earth of Sun King and God. Ra is depicted as the male figure: Afa is depicted as the female figure, the Mother Earth. Thus in anthropological terms, both Africa and Ethiopia are very ancient, Matriarchal and Fertility Earth Mothers. http://www.seleda.com/dec01/aidsenaw.shtml
Ras is the highest noble rank, sometimes borne by minor princes of the Solomonic blood. One had to be elevated to the the rank of negus by Imperial decree, but ras was usually hereditary. (The word's origin is Indo European, hence the Indians' raj, the Egyptians' ra, the Romans' rex.)
ANCIENT SACRED TEXTS (this is where Moses got his "Ten Commandments" from the Original Declarations of Innocence). Please note the FIFTH declaration/commandment:
THE HALL OF DOUBLE TRUTH
(1) Hail, Usekh-nemmt, who comest forth from "ANU ",I have not committed sin.
(2) Hail, Hept-khert, who comest forth from Kher-aha (KERAHA), I have not committed robbery with violence .
(3) Hail, Fenti, who comest forth from Khemenu (KEMENU),I have not stolen.
(4) Hail, Am-khaibit, who comest forth from Qernet (KENET),I have not slain men and women.
(5) Hail, Neha-her, who comest forth from (RASTA),I have not stolen grain .
(6) Hail, Ruruti, who comest forth from ( Heaven ? ), [ HUNU ],I have not purloined offerings.
(7) Hail, Arfi-em-khet, who comest forth from Saut (Asyut),I have not stolen the property of the "SUPREME DIVINE".
Hail, Neba, who comest and goest ,I have not uttered lies.
(9) Hail, Set-qesu (Set-Kesu), who comest forth from "Hensu",I have not carried away food.
(10) Hail, Utu-Nesert, who comest forth from "Het-Ka-Ptah",I have not uttered curses.
To read the rest of the ENTIRE Declarations please go to this link: http://www.planetsinternet.com/DECLARATIONS%20OF%20INNOCENCE.htm
From the Papyrus of Nu, Sheet 24)
The steward of the overseer of the seal, Nu, whose word is truth, begotten of the steward of the overseer of the seal, Amen-hetep, whose word is truth, saith:- Hail, ye Four Apes who sit in the bows of the Boat of Ra, who convey truth to Nebertcher, who sit in judgment on the oppressed man and on [his] oppressor, who make the gods to be contented by means of the flame of your mouths, who offer holy offerings to the gods, and sepulchral meals to the Spirit-souls, who live upon truth, and who feed upon truth of heart, who are without deceit and fraud, and to whom wickedness is an abomination, do ye away with my evil deeds, and put ye away my sins [which deserved stripes upon earth, and destroy ye every evil thing which appertaineth to me], and let there be no obstacle whatsoever on my part towards you. O grant ye that I may make my way through the Amehet, let me enter into Rasta, let me pass through the hidden pylons of Ament. O grant that there may be given unto me shens cakes, and ale, and persen cakes, even as to the living Spirit-souls, and grant that I may enter into and come forth from RASTA
The Priests Anmutef and Sameref
THE SPEECH OF THE PRIEST SAMEREF.
I have come unto you, O ye Tchatcha Chiefs who dwell in Rasta, and I have brought unto you the Osiris Ani, grant ye unto him cakes, and water, and air, and a homestead in Sekhet-hetep as to the followers of Horus.
The Osiris the scribe Ani, whose word is truth, adoreth Osiris, the Lord of everlastingness, and the Tchatcha Chiefs, the Lords of Rasta. He saith: Homage to thee, O King of Khert-Neter, thou Governor of Akert! I have come unto thee. I know thy plans, I am equipped with the forms which thou takest in the Tuat. Give thou to me a place in Khert-Neter, near the Lords of Truth. May my homestead be lasting in Sekhet-hetep, may I receive cakes in thy presence.
Hail! . . . Who live upon truth, and who feed upon truth of heart, who are without deceit and fraud, and to whom wickedness is an abomination, do ye away with my evil deeds, and put ye away my sins and let there be no obstacle whatsoever on my part towards you. O grant ye that I may make my way through the Amehet, let me enter into Rasta, let me pass through the hidden pylons of Ament. O grant that there may be given unto me shens cakes and ale and persen cakes, . . . And grant that I may enter into and come forth . . -from the Papyrus of Ani: Egyptian Book of the Dead
RASTAFARI EVELIN' EVER SURE!!!!!!!!!!!