The question is, who did Africans pray to before slavery?
This is a question I want to address for the African diaspora that I see asked on memes in social media. I want to address it through teaching the African Spiritual science so we may grow and evolve.
Before I answer that question, as a quick note understand the continent of Africa developed a spiritual system over many thousands of years. A deeper look into the spiritual systems around the continent will show you many of them had the same ideas conceptually but called them different names. Same as we do today with God and Allah. They both express the same idea, just a different name.
What we know as borders and countries in Africa, didn’t exist until the Berlin Conference in 1884. The Khemetic system that most of us are familiar with is the one I will be referencing and is one of the most recent ancient African spiritual systems. Their system we know the best because they left it in stone.
The question is, who did Africans pray too before slavery?
The quick answer is this, they didn’t pray to anyone because they knew they were gods.
The question itself presumes the idea that ancient Africans were religious who worshiped, prayed, and thought as we do today. In modern times our thought processes and paradigm have a completely religious bias. We must reorient our thinking from religion to spirituality. The ancient Africans had a completely different but holistic paradigm based on spiritual science principles.
Before I move forward, I want to make sure we’re on the same page so I need to define and explain the difference between religion and spirituality. I also want to express that I am speaking about how these ideas are practiced in our daily lives and not necessarily a strict book interpretation.
What is religion?
Religion is something that you are taught. In the case of the Christian religion, it’s based on a set of doctrines (theories) and dogma that one must accept and follow in order to belong to the religion.
What is spirituality?
For ancient Africans, before slavery, they would say spirituality is what you are born with. It is recognizing that you are a soul in a human body. It is being in touch with your own divine self. It is your natural state. Spirituality is ancient. It’s based on ideas that you are a unique aspect of the creator with a unique spiritual and life experience.
I know from experience as a Christian we were taught that religion and spirituality are the same things. They are not. The idea of a unique spiritual experience was a theological threat to Christianity.
Eliminating the threat of individuality is an aspect of religion to this day.
Christian fathers essentially despiritualized the ancient teachings.
The Ancient African paradigm is that the real you is the Ka (soul), not the physical body. For them, the Ka emerged from the source of creation.
Two major points to understand here is this:
- is a Ka or soul is what ancient Africans viewed themselves as, not the physical body. They were eternal beings in a transitory form as a physical body.
- is that the Ka formed the physical body. The Ka is eternal and has many physical incarnations for a reason I will touch on later.
The Ka was created from the “stuff” of the Neter of Neters or God and the Ka created the physical body from itself.
I know the idea that God didn’t directly create everyone may be difficult for some. But I am expressing the African spiritual science, not religious doctrines.
Natural spirituality was their paradigm. It was different than how we are taught in religion.
Now mind you, the religion that we know is this ancient African paradigm that has been repacked and given to the world as the Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
So now that you have that foundation of the African spiritual paradigm and its contrast to our modern religious paradigm let’s get to the question,
who did the Africans pray to before slavery?
Ancient Africans, before slavery, knew there was one God that created everything in existence from itself. It would be analogous to God being an ocean (with the ocean being symbolic of the entirety of existence).
They taught that as a soul, you are a drop in that ocean. As a soul, you are the same “stuff,” as the ocean just not the magnitude.
Sticking with the analogy of the ocean, as Christians, we are taught to believe that as drops, we are different from the ocean. It’s an absurd notion when you analyze it that way.
With the Christian paradigm, because we are different, we have to cultivate a “relationship” to God. When we ask the question, who did Africans pray to before slavery, it is with the mentality given to us through slavery that we even approach the idea.
Again, it presumes that the ancient Africans thought religiously as we do today. They had a different, holistic, and more empowering paradigm.
Sticking with the ocean analogy, Ancient Africans didn’t pray to the ocean. They recognized that they were aspects of the ocean and it was in themselves. They would say that the ocean is a multitude of drops. That’s logical, right? That’s the Ancient African spiritual science concept.
The ancient Africans, before slavery, understanding that they are drops or gods and goddesses would seek to express and harness the power of the ocean already within and through their godself. The aspect of the godself they termed as the higher Ka.
Through a religious paradigm, we have been taught to pray to something outside ourselves believing that we are separate from God and need to cultivate a favorable relationship with God.
The ancient Africans taught that as an eternal Ka, you are on a journey to recognize your own divinity or godself. Expressing yourself as a Ka in flesh through many incarnations is one way that the higher Ka learns and emerges as a god, not the temporary physical body.
As a human being, you simply work daily to strengthen your awareness of the connection to your higher Ka for guidance and inspiration.
Knowing they were a Ka; the ancient African didn’t pray to something. They would turn inward, tap into the power of that ocean of consciousness and as gods and goddesses create what they desired.
Today because we have been sold and bought the repacked religion, we have forgotten who we are and feel powerless.
We mostly pray for that repackaged God “out there” to rescue us because the belief is that we don’t have the power to do it ourselves. It’s time to wake up gods and goddesses, tap into your Higher Ka, your spiritual self and create what you desire.
This knowledge was left in stone to rediscover. It is profound! You are powerful and have the power to create!
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