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SCHOLARLY QUOTATIONS: THE NEED TO KNOW OUR HERITAGE: "LOOKING BACK TO MOVE FORWARD"

A GREAT KING, KHUNUM KHUFU, BUILDER OF THE LARGEST "HORIZON" OR "GREAT PYRAMID," A MOST MAGNIFICENT STRUCTURE, A "WONDER OF THE ANCIENT WORLD," IN THE "OLD KINGDOM" ERA (CIRCA 3100-2033 BCE). PROVIDING SCHOLARLY SUPPORT FOR THE SOUTHERN-KUSHITE ORIGIN OF THE ANCIENT KEMETIC (EGYPTIAN) PEOPLE, THE FIRST PART OF THIS KING'S NAME, "KHUNUM," WAS ADOPTED FROM THE ANCIENT KUSHITE GOD, KHUMUM. MOREOVER, IN THE PAPYRUS OF HUNEFER, THE ANCIENT KEMETIC PEOPLE IDENTIFIED THE SOURCE OF THEIR ORIGIN--AT "THE BEGINNING OF THE NILE (UGANDA AND KENYA) WHERE GOD HAPI (GOD OF THE NILE RIVER) DWELLS, AT THE FOOTHILL OF THE MOUNTAIN OF THE MOON," I.E., KILIMANJARO.
Ref: Dr. Yosef, ben-Jochannan, Black Man of the Nile and His Family, 1981.

"A man without the knowledge of where he has been, knows not where he is, or where he is going."
Dr. Yosef A.A. ben-Jochannan, Black Man on the Nile and his Family, 1981

 

A SYMBOLIC "KA" IN KEMET, A SPIRITUAL ASPECT OF GENERIC MAN, THAT LEAVES THE PHYSICAL BODY AFTER "DEATH"--ONE OF MULTIPLE BODIES THAT WERE CONCEPTUALIZED OR DIVINELY REVEALED UNDER THE PHILOSOPHICAL OR "DEEP THOUGHT" SYSTEM OF ANCIENT KUSH-KEMET, AS WELL AS OTHER PARTS OF AFRICA (CARRUTHERS, DIVINE SPEECH, 1995), AND AFFIRMING THE CULTURAL UNITY OF BLACK AFRICA (DIOP, 1959).
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"We must not let European racists define history for us; they have made a terrible mess of it already. We must define history for ourselves and control our destiny. If we don't control our destiny, we shall be controlled by others."
Rudolph R. Windsor, The Valley of the Dry Bones, l986.
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"The remote land of the Upper Nile (i.e., Kush), with its outlandish fauna and its black-skinned people captured the imagination of Greeks and Romans. . . Homer himself wrote that 'they are the remotest nation, the most just of men; the favorites of the gods. The lofty inhabitants of Olympus journey to them, and take part in their feasts; their sacrifices are the most agreeable of all that mortals can offer them.'"
William Y. Adams, Nubia Corridor To Africa, l977.

 

THE PRISON-INDUSTRIAL

COMPLEX OF AMERICA

"The fact that we Africans in America lack a thorough knowledge of self and others is taking a devastating toll upon us. If our children knew our ancestors created the first civilizations and the great cultures of the Nile Valley, Nubia, the Sudan, Ethiopia, Southern Africa, Mesopotamia and Indus Kush would they still kill each other over sneakers and clothing with other folks' name, images and logos on them. I don't think so….If they knew Africans created the first concepts of God, metaphysics, immortality, morality and ethics would we so readily exchange our glorious legacy of spirituality and social stability for crass materialism and immorality?…
"Africans are spiritual people, spirituality was interwoven into every component of our lives. We need to understand this, return to the original sources, appreciate and rekindle them, make them applicable to modern life and live accordingly. …Isn't it about time we made recognizing our history a year round daily project/mission?"
Junious Ricardo Stanton, "The Power of History,"
The Challenger Newspaper, Wilmington, NC. 2001.
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"Just think that this race of Black men, today our slave and the object of our scorn, is the very race to which we owe our arts, sciences, and even the use of speech! Just imagine, finally, that it is in the midst of people who call themselves the greatest friends of liberty and humanity that one has approved the most barbarous slavery and questioned whether Black men have the same kind of intelligence as whites!"
Count Constantine F. C. DeVolney, Ruins of Empires, l890.

 

ANCIENT KEMETIC TEMPLE OF QUEEN HATSHESUTTHIS MAGNIFICENT TEMPLE WAS BUILT FOR THE QUEEN DURING THE GREAT "NEW EMPIRE" ERA IN KEMET (CIRCA 1580 TO 671 BCE) BY A GREAT ARCHITECT, SENEMUT, WHO CARVED HIS FACE, WITH VERY DISCERNABLE AFRICAN FEATURES, ON ONE OF THE COLUMNS OF THIS TEMPLE, AS MAY BE OBSERVED TODAY BY VISITORS TO KEMET.
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"Lack of knowledge on one's past leads inevitably to self-hate, and self-hate leads one to love the oppressor's values, and thus to act against one's own freedom. . . There will be no freedom for Blacks without Black unity. Whites have been able to divide and conquer us, because we have not had a deep knowledge and appreciation of our past. Those who do not know and love their history and culture cannot possibly love themselves. . . To love our people does not mean hating Whites. Indeed, we cannot love anybody unless we love who we are as Blacks. . . The enduring message of Black power has nothing to do with hate. Rather Black power teaches love. But it teaches us that love, like charity, must begin at home; that it must begin with ourselves, our beautiful Black selves."
James H. Cone, For My People: Black Theology and the Black Church, l984

TEMPLE OF RAMESES II
This gigantic and magnificent structure at Abu Simbel, called Hut Rameses, "The Temple of Rameses, Beloved of Amun"--most impressive or even more astounding when viewing its interior structure--was built during the 19th Kemetic dynasty. It is 69 feet high and is among the largest built in Kemet. Ramesses II reigned for 67 years and his Great Royal Wife was Queen Nefertari, whose temple was constructed adjacent to Hut Rameses. The Kings or "Pharaohs" of the 19th Dynasty, especially Rameses II, restored Egypt's building-age and took it to the apex of its achievement as the best-known state of the ancient world. Moreover, Rameses II was probably the most sculptured of all the kings in the history of the country that the Greeks called Egypt. Ref: Dr. Yosef A.A. ben-Jochannan, The African Called Rameses ("The Great") and the African Origin of "Western Civilization" 1990.
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"A dynamic, modern contact with Egyptian Antiquity would enable Blacks to discover increasingly each day the intimate relationship between all Blacks of the continent and the mother Nile Valley. By this dynamic contact, Blacks will be convinced that these temples, these forests of columns, these pyramids, these colossi, these bas-reliefs, mathematics, medicine, and all this science, are indeed the work of his ancestors and that he has a right and duty to claim this heritage."
Dr. Cheikh Anta Diop, The African Origin of Civilization, l974.

 

 

QUEEN TIYE
This African Queen of the great XVIII Kemetic Dynasty was the Great Royal Wife of King Amenhotep III and Mother of King Tutankhamen and Amenhotep IV/Akhenaten. Her easily discernable Black features help to confirm the reality that "King Tut," like other Kemetic Kings during four "Golden Ages" (Hilliard), was distinctly African, irrespective of contrary Euro-centric, "scholarly" propaganda that blatantly defamed and continues to verbally dehumanize African people.
THE ORIGINAL BLACK MADONNA AND CHILD
This Divine BLACK Madonna and Child, Aset (Isis) and Heru (Horus), in ancient Kush-Kemet, preceded the modern Christian White "Mary and Jesus" by several thousand years and there are multiple parallels in the mythological stories of both Divine "saviors"-Heru and Jesus. (Ref: Kersey Graves, The World' Sixteen Crucified Saviors.)
THE ROMAN EMPIRE (CIRCA 27BCE-395CE)
"Clearly, both Greeks and Romans viewed themselves as belonging to a kind of Master Race. Both imagined that their peoples were uniquely equipped to rule over 'barbarians.' Yet, neither looked upon their white skin as a sign of their superiority. On the contrary, they were just as proud of being darker than the northern Europeans as they were of being lighter than the Africans. Their sense of superiority derived explicitly from their claim to be perfectly balanced between the two extremes......there is even evidence that black Africans enjoyed a status in the ancient world higher than that of the blue-eyed savages
(Pollio) "Vitruvius--(Roman) architect, scholar, scientist, mystic, and craftsman, all rolled into one--went on to compare the strengths and weaknesses of the different peoples. Northerners were brave in battle, he observed, but somewhat stupid.. Southerners, on the other hand, while timid in battle, were keenly intelligent, their minds rendered acute by the heat...It is interesting to note that the Greeks also shared Virtruvius's opinion that fair-haired northerners were not very bright. The stereotype of 'dumb blonds' is evidently older than we think! Conversely, the Greeks also appear to have shared the Roman belief that dark skin accompanied high intelligence."
Richard Poe, Black Spark White Fire: Did African Explorers Civilize Ancient Europe?, 1997
CEO'S comment: It is interesting--and somewhat tragic--how virtually all ruling oppressors or dominant groups, including the ancient Chinese who also considered non-Chinese to be "barbarians," appear to be afflicted with "the arrogance of power," which ultimately leads to their demise or destruction. Quoting or paraphrasing a well-known political dictum, "Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely." Question: America, are you listening And learning?

"We cannot solve the stupendous problems that the world faces until we can read aright the riddle of the evolution of the races. Uninformed men make unsafe leaders; that is the primal cause for so many errors of judgment in state and national councils. . .
"We need our eyes opened, this type that we in ignorance despise, (i.e., Blacks)
built the eternal pyramids of Egypt and laid the foundation of the civilization of the historic ages. Because the slave trade broke the threads of remembrance, they walk among us with bowed heads, themselves ignorant of the facts that this story unfolds."
Drusilla Dungee Houston, The Wonderful Ethiopians of the Ancient Cushite Empire, l926.
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"We claim to be the offspring of a parentage that once for their excellence of attainment in the arts, literature and science, stood before the world unrivalled."
Resolution, National Black Convention, l834.
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"Black men, you were once great; you shall be great again. Lose not courage, lose not faith, go forward."
Marcus Garvey

BLACK LIBERATION FLAG
"By any means necessary"
-- Malcolm X--

 

 

THE GREAT KUSHITES: TESTIMONY OF SCHOLARS
"Ethiopia and Egypt produced the earliest civilization in the world and it was indigenous. . .
"According to Josephus and other ancient scholars, the river Gihon of the Genesis, is the Nile which flows through all the lands of Kush, the southern lands. . .
"Inner Africa, the writer maintains, was the land of the earliest namers of things and acts, who were therefore the creators of nouns and verbs which constituted the main stock of language before the descent into Egypt and the dispersion, on the way to developing the thousand dialects of the world from the one mode and form of speech evolved at starting."
Gerald Massey, A Book of the Beginnings, Vol. II, l88l.
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"In ancient times Ethiopia extended over vast domains in both Africa and Asia. 'It seems certain,' declares Sir E.A. Wallis Budge, 'that classical historians and geographers called the whole region from India to Egypt, both countries inclusive, by the name of Ethiopia, and in consequence they regarded all the dark-skinned and Black peoples who inhabited it as Ethiopians'. . .Homer and Herodotus call all the peoples of the Sudan, Egypt, Arabia, Palestine and Western Asia and India Ethiopians. . .
"Then we have the view of Stephanus of Byzantium, that--'Ethiopia was the first established country on earth; and the Ethiopians were the first who introduced the
worship of the gods, and who established laws.' The vestiges of this early civilization have been found in Nubia, the Egyptian Sudan, West Africa, Egypt, Mashonaland, India, Persia, Mesopotamia, Arabia, South America, Central America, Mexico, and the United States. . .
"Civilization was founded and developed by the swarthy races of Mesopotamia, Syria and Egypt, and the white race remained so barbaric that in those days an Egyptian or a Babylonian priest would have said that the riffraff of white tribes a few hundred miles to the north of their civilization were hopelessly incapable of acquiring the knowledge requisite to progress. . .
"The Ethiopians were the first who invented the science of stars, and gave names to the planets, not at random and without meaning, but descriptive of the qualities which they conceived them to possess; and it was from them that this art passed, still in an imperfect state, to the Egyptians. . .Charles F. Dupuis, whose three monumental works, THE ORIGIN OF CONSTELLATIONS, THE ORIGIN OF WORSHIP and THE CHRONOLOGICAL ZODIAC. . .placed the origin of the zodiac as far back as l5,000 B. C., which would give the world's oldest picture book an antiquity of l7,000 years."
John G. Jackson, Ethiopia And The Origin Of Civilization, l939.
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"The great historian Rawlinson says: 'For the last three thousand years the world has been mainly indebted for its advancement to the Semitic and Indo-European races; but it was otherwise in the first ages. Egypt and Babylon, Mizraim and Nimrod..(i.e. Kushites--author) led the way, and acted as the pioneers of mankind in the various untrodden fields of art, literature, and science. Alphabetic writing, astronomy, history, chronology, architecture, plastic art, sculpture, navigation, agriculture, textile industry, seem all to have had their origin in one or other of these two countries.' "
Rev. Rufus L. Perry, The Cushite, l887.
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"(White) Egyptologists have literally attempted to remove Egypt from the geographical confines of Africa and reposited it within the geographical domain of Asia.
The removal of Egypt from Africa serves a twofold purpose. First, it leads to the obvious idea that Egypt is not a part of Africa, therefore its population could not have been Black. Secondly, it serves the purpose of implying that civilization did not begin with the Black race. . .(Author's Note: The present-day "Egyptians" are Arabs who obtained our ancient Black land by conquest, following other conquerors, around 65l C.E.--thousands of years after this great Kemetic civilization had thrived in history, as noted above.)
"Through the work of Senegalese scholar Dr. Cheik Anta Diop, Theo Obinga, Ben Jochannan and Chancellor Williams the origin of the ancient Egyptians should never ever be a question for African people. This question has been resolved. We should be clear that the ancient Egyptian (or more properly called Kemetic people) were Black.
"Diop points out that Herodotus "After relating his eyewitness account informing us that the Egyptians were Blacks, then demonstrated, with rare honesty. . .that Greece borrowed from Egypt all elements of her civilization even the cult of gods, and that Egypt was the cradle of civilization. . .
"Our scholars, thinkers and researchers should never again raise the question of
who were the ancient Egyptians. Clearly they were Black people. This question has been resolved!"
Dr. Conrad W. Worrill, "Egypt Is The Cradle Of All Civilization--Africa," The Ebony Tribune, September 9, l994.
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CASE CLOSED AND WON!
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"The balancing of the land lies in Maat--truth, justice and righteousness. Do not speak falsely for you are great; do not act lightly for you have weight; be not untrue for you are the balance and do not swerve for you are the standard. You are on the level with the balance. If it tilts, then, you will lean too. Do not drift, rather steer. Do not rob, rather act against the robber. For one is not really great, if he is great with greed."
--Maulana Karenga, Translator, Selections From The Husia: Sacred Wisdom Of Ancient Egypt, 1984--
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"Given the odds, we weren't supposed to stop being slaves. Given the opposition, we weren't supposed to have an education. Given the history, we weren't supposed to have families. Given the blues, we weren't supposed to have spirit. Given the power of the enemy, we weren't supposed to fight back. Not only have we achieved victories, we have--despite the powers against us--become our own victories"
--Dr. Camille Cosby--
"In him was life and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness, but the darkness did not overcome it."
John 1: 4-5, The Holy Bible

ESSENTIAL READING!

"Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."
--II Timothy 2:15, The Holy Bible--
1. Woodson, Carter G. , The Miseducation of the Negro, 1933. New York: AMS Press, Reprint, 1977.
2. Wright, Bobby E., The Psychopathic Racial Personality and Other Essays. Chicago: Third World Press, 1985.
3. Jackson, John G., Introduction to African Civilization. Secaucus, NJ: The Citadel Press, 1970.
4. Diop, Cheikh Anta, The African Origin of Civilization. Westport, CO: Lawrence Hill & Company, 1974.
5. ______Civilization or Barbarism: An Authentic Anthropology. New York: Lawrence Hill Books, 1991.
6. Browder, Anthony, Nile Valley Contributions to Civilization. Washington, DC: The Institute of Karmic Guidance, 1992.
7. ben-Jochannan, Yosef A. A., Africa, Mother of Western Civilization. New York: Alkebu-lan Books, 1971.
8. DuBois, W.E.B., The World and Africa. New York: International Publishers, 1946.
9. Finch, Charles S. III, The African Background to Medical Science. London: Karnak House, 1990.
10. ______Echoes of the Old Darkland: Themes From The African Eden. Decatur, GA: Khenti, Inc., 1992.
11. Karenga, Maulana, ed. Selections From The Husia: Sacred Wisdom of Ancient Egypt. Los Angeles: Kawaida Publications, 1984.
12._____The African American Holiday of KWANZAA. Los Angeles: University of Sankore Press, 1988.
13. James, George G.M., Stolen Legacy. San Francisco: Julian Richardson Associates, 1976.
14. Williams, Chancellor, The Destruction of Black Civilization. Chicago: Third World Press, 1976.
15. Foluke, Gyasi A., The Real-Holocaust: A Wholistic Analysis of the African American Experience, 1441-1994. New York: Carlton Press, Inc, l995.
16. ______The "Old Time Religion": A Wholistic Challenge to the Black Church. Nashville, TN: James C. Winston Publishing Company, 1997.
17. ______The Crisis and Challenge of Black Mis-education in America. (Pending a Publication Contract, 1997-8)
18. Akbar, Na'im, Chains and Images of Psychological Slavery. Jersey City, NJ: New Mind Productions, 1984.
19. Bradley, Michael, The Iceman Inheritance: Prehistoric Sources of Western Man's Racism, Sexism and Aggression. New York: Warner Book, Inc., 1978.
20. Houston, Drusilla D., The Wonderful Ethiopians of the Ancient Cushite Empire. Baltimore: Black Classic Press, 1926.
21. Volney, Constantine, The Ruins or Meditation on the Revolutions of Empires And the Law of Nature. New York: Peter Eckler, 1890.
22. Bouza, Anthony, How To Stop Crime. New York: Plenum Press, 1993.
23. Beason, Jake, Why We Lose. Milwaukee: Col D'Var Graphics, 1989.
24. Hilliard, Asa C. III., The Maroon Within Us: Selected Essays on African American Community Socialization: Baltimore: Black Classic Press, 1995.
25. _____SBA: The Reawakening of the African Mind. Gainsville, Florida: Makare Publishing, 1997
26. Frankl, Viktor, Man's Search for Meaning. New York: "Simon and Schuster, Inc., 1959. Note: Recommended for comparing psychological experiences of Jews and Blacks during the Holocaust and The Real-Holocaust respectively. See also those most important, relevant, spiritual comments on self-transcendence (Afro centric) and self-actualization (Euro centric) on page 175.
27. Malcolm X., The Autobiography of Malcolm X, with the assistance of Alex Haley. New York: Grove Press, 1964.
28. Van Sertima, ed. Egypt, Child of Africa. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 1994.
29. ________Egypt Revisited: New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Books, 1989.
30 _________Nile Valley Civilizations. New Brunswick, NJ: Journal of African Civilizations, 1985.
31. Felder, Cain H., ed., The Original African Heritage Study Bible. Nashville: The James C. Winston Publishing Company, 1993.
32. Douglass, Frederick, "Frederick Douglass, An Ex-slave Discusses Slavery" (Fourth of July Speech), Houston Peterson, ed., A Treasury of The World's Great Speeches. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1954.
33. Cleage, Albert B., Black Christian Nationalism, New York: William Morrow & Company, 1972.
34. Cone, James H., Black Theology and Black Power. New York: The Seabury Press, 1969.
35. Executive Intelligence Review Investigative Team, Tiny Rowland: The Ugly Face of Neocolonialism in Africa. Washington, DC: Executive Intelligence Review, 1993.
36. Three Initiates, The Kybalion Hermetic Philosophy. Chicago: The Yogi Publication Society, 1912.
37. Moss, Bill, School Desegregation: Enough is Enough. Columbus, OH: Danmo Publishing Company, 1992.
38. Thompkins, Peter, Secrets of the Great Pyramid. New York: Harper & Row, 1971.
39. Poe, Richard, Black Spark White Fire: Did African Explorers Civilize Ancient Europe? Rocklin, CA, Prima Publishing, 1997.
40. Carruthers, Jacob H., MDW NTR-Divine Speech: A Historiographical Reflection Of African Deep Thought From The Time Of Pharaohs To The Present, Lawrenceville, N.J., Red Sea Press, 1995.
41. Bauval, Robert and Gilbert, Adrian, The Orion Mystery: Unlocking the Secrets of the Pyramids, A Revolutionary New Interpretation of the Ancient Enigma, New York: Three Rivers Press, 1994.
42. Williams, Walter, The Historical Origin of Christianity, Chicago: Maathian Press, inc., 1992.
43. Wheeler, C. Morris, For Independent Thinkers Only, Los Gatos, CA: New Vortex Publishing, 1990.
44. Obenga, Theophile, Ancient Egypt and Black Africa: A Student's Handbook For The Study Of Ancient Egypt In Philosophy, Linguistics & Gender Relations, London, England: Karnak House, 1992.
45. Chandler, Wayne B., Ancient Future: The Teachings and Prophetic Wisdom of the Seven Hermetic Laws of Ancient Egypt, Baltimore: Black Classic Press, 1999.
46. Paine, Thomas, Age of Reason, Being An Investigation Of True & Fabulous Theology. New York: Willey Book Company, 1794.
47. De Lubica, R.A. Schwaller, Sacred Science, The King of Pharaonic Theocracy, Rochester, NY: Inner Traditions International Ltd., 1961.
48. Killens, John Oliver, Black Man's Burden, New York: Pocket Books, 1965.
49. Williams, Chancellor, The Destruction of Black Civilization, 1974
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"Speak when it is your duty to speak and speak even if you offend."
--Ptah-Hotep--
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*Includes African Americans and "kneegros," the latter including those who are content to exist, metaphorically, on their knees, and/or who are devoid or ashamed of their African identity, including so-called Black "Greeks," a contradiction in terms, who generally are unaware of their great African heritage
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"When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion"

--Kushite Proverb-

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Know your heritage, .... Know your potential"

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"Looking Back to Move Forward"

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"From Ego to We go"

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"The balancing of the land lies in Maat--truth, justice and righteousness"

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"Culture is the bed-rock, the final wall against which one leans one's back in a God-forsaken chaos"

--J. C. Powers, The Meaning of Culture--

"The balancing of the land lies in Ma'at--truth, justice and righteousness"

--The Husia: Sacred Wisdom of Ancient Egypt--