For the first time in a few years
I look at the Kemetic Orthodox site. It has apparently changed, it’s stopped claiming Egyptian religion is like the West’s caricature of Hinduism (ie, all gods one aspect of one God), that is good. Lumping Egyptian Religion in to Pan-African homogenized fantasy of “Traditional African Religion”, that’s bad. There is no pan “Traditional African Religion” anymore than Asian, European, or Native American, in fact there are more language and cultural groups in Africa than any other continent on this planet.
At least I don’t have high expectations of them given their cult reputation, but let me assure you readers Egypt has had more cultural and linguistic similarities (if not a fair amount of genetic) back in the Bronze Age with their Near Eastern neighbors than other parts of the continent they just happened to be attached to.
Within the umbrella of ATRs are multiple religions that originated in Africa. Kemetic Orthodoxy would fall under such because Egypt is in Africa.
Their “cult” rumor is all rumor. If you take the effort to run through the cult test, KO gets dinged on three at the most (out of eighteen) through Isaac Bonewits’ Cult Danger Evaluation Frame. It’s hilarious how people keep coming up with this.
Didn’t you hear? We’re TOTALLY an exploitative cult, what with our not requiring members to pay any money, letting people come and go as they see fit, encouraging people to adapt the religion to fit their individual lifestyles instead of the other way around…
Wait a minute. Those sound like totally UN-cult like things to do! Huh.
Yeah, not to mention no one gets paid to do anything in the House. And the one person who ever did (Tamara, pre-boiler bust) made damn near nothing for her full-time job of making sure the religion was running.
But hey, I think we did patch the holes in the roof of our temple, so there’s something.