by Matt Slick
Kemetic Orthodoxy is a revived paganism based on ancient Egyptian polytheism that dates from about 4000 years ago. The modern movement was founded by "Rev. Tamara L. Siuda in the late 1980s CE, and is called Kemetic Orthodoxy, or the Kemetic Orthodox Religion, after the term Kemetic for "of Kemet," and Orthodox, meaning "a sect conforming to established doctrine."1 Tamara L. Siuda was born in 19692 Kemetism is also known as Neterism. Because there are so many gods in the ancient Egypt Pantheon, Kemetism can be varied in practice and belief among its adherents. There are those who seek to mimic as closely as possible ancient Egyptian beliefs and practices. There are others who seek to adapt principles of ancient Egypt theology and incorporate them into present philosophical and theological belief systems. Kemetism was recognized as a religion in the United States in 1994.3
Kemetic followers seek to interact with their preferred gods. Various practices are used such as lighting candles, honoring the gods' names, building altars and shrines, providing food offerings, and interacting with other Kemetic followers. There are Kemets who believe that there should be a modern-day Pharaoh and others that do not. Some Kemets affirm a modern priesthood (for both males and females). The largest Kemetic group is the House of Netjer. Kemetism does not have a set of scriptures because Kemeticism (alternate spelling) requires the worship of many types of gods, depending on the particular individual. Therefore, Kemets have a variety of beliefs and practices. Finally, they are not evangelistic in that they do not openly seek converts.
"Five basic tenets guide the faith of members: Belief in upholding ma'at, Belief in Netjer (the supreme being), Akhu (Ancestor) Veneration, Participation in and Respect for the Community, and Acknowledgment of Siuda as the Nisut"4
Following is a list of terms useful in studying Kemeticism.
- Amon-Re - the great god of Egypt
- Egyptian - a set of ancient Egyptian religious practices and beliefs
- Ethics - affirmation of truth, justice, order, and 'that which is right.'5
- Gods - Ra, Ma'at, Osiris, Set, Bes, Horus, Isis, Selqet, Wepwawet, etc.
- Ma'at - a goddess force that balances the world.
- Monolatry - recognizing one divine force that manifests in different forms of gods and goddesses
- Netjer - the supreme being
- Nūt - the sky goddess
- Polytheistic - recognition of many gods and goddesses.
- Ra - the sun god
- Thoth - god of learning
- Wep Ronpet - the Kemetic New Year
- Worship - Private altars in homes
- "Kemetic Orthodoxy is a modern practice of the religious tradition of Ancient Egypt (known to its own people as Kemet). Therefore, it is neopaganism. This particular practice was founded by Her Holiness Hekatawy I (Tamara L. Siu da) in the late 19 80s CE, and is called Kemetic Orthodoxy after the term Kemetic for "of Kemet," Kemet being the ancient name of Egypt; and Orthodox meaning "a sect conforming to established doctrine especially in religion."6
- "Siuda underwent her coronation as Nisut-Bity (Pharaoh) in 1996 through ceremonies performed in Egypt, and is now known formally within her faith as “Her Holiness, Sekhenet-Ma’at-Ra setep-en-Ra Hekatawy I, Nisut-Bity of the Kemetic Orthodox faith.”7
Kemetic Orthodoxy is nothing more than the revived paganism of ancient Egyptian theology. Practicing anything related to such neopaganism will open a person to spiritual oppression and possible possession. The demonic forces warned about in Scripture can easily impersonate ancient Egyptian false gods so as to help the practitioner fall more deeply into the deception. It is something everybody should avoid, especially Christians.
Scriptures to reference
- Exodus 12:12, ‘For I will go through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments—I am the LORD."
- Exodus 23:24, “You shall not worship their gods, nor serve them, nor do according to their deeds; but you shall utterly overthrow them and break their sacred pillars in pieces."
- Numbers 33:4, "while the Egyptians were burying all their firstborn whom the LORD had struck down among them. The LORD had also executed judgments on their gods."
- Jeremiah 43:11–12, “He will also come and strike the land of Egypt; those who are meant for death will be given over to death, and those for captivity to captivity, and those for the sword to the sword. 12 “And I shall set fire to the temples of the gods of Egypt, and he will burn them and take them captive. So he will wrap himself with the land of Egypt as a shepherd wraps himself with his garment, and he will depart from there safely."
- 1. kemet.org/about
- 2. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamara_Siuda
- 3. anthropology.msu.edu/anp455-fs14/2014/10/02/kemetism-ancient-religions-in-our-modern-world/
- 4. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kemetic_Orthodoxy
- 5. religionfacts.com/kemetic-reconstructionism
- 6. markfoster.net/rn/texts/kemetic_orthodoxy.pdf
- 7. ibid. anthropology.msu.edu