Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

Reading African Centered Text: Ancient Tradition Empowering a New Consciousness: A Selected Annotated Bibliography Exploring African Religion, Philosophy and Spirituality

Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

Reading African Centered Text: Ancient Tradition Empowering a New Consciousness: A Selected Annotated Bibliography Exploring African Religion, Philosophy and Spirituality

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Introduction

This section provides a selected annotated introduction to seventy-eight print sources (most published since 1990) emphasizing an African centered approach to religion, philosophy, and spirituality within an historical and cultural context.

Often in our rush to define, defend and develop the particulars of Afrocentricity and the African centered paradigm, we assume that all have read or are at least inadvertently familiar with some of the key text in African world community studies. Consequently, the aim of this presentation is to: 1) provide an introduction to work in print addressing African world religion, philosophy, and spirituality, 2) encourage critical reading, discourse, and thinking within the African centered paradigm, 3) and to introduce a systematic and taxonomic African centered bibliographical paradigm.

Hence, this non-exhaustive annotated bibliography is organized in alphabetical order by author/editor, title, publisher, place of publication, and date, to provide introductory access to bibliographic resources in African world community studies.

Addae, Erriel Kofi (Erriel D. Roberson), ed. To Heal A People: African Scholars Defining a New Reality. Columbia, MD: Kujichagulia Press, 1996.

A collection of ten essays working to define an independent African centered discourse on science, spiritual awareness, psychology, cosmology, cultural renewal and education. Contributors to the collection include Marimba Ani, Mwalimu Shujaa, Kwaku Kushinda, Na'im Akbar, Asa G. Hillard III, and others.

Akbar, Na'im. Light from Ancient Africa [foreword by Wade W. Nobles]. Tallahassee, FL: Mind Productions & Associates, 1994.

An insight into the human psyche through ancient Kemetic tradition which argue that the human being is transpersonal and inevitably connected to the divine and everything in nature. The work investigates the origins and dimensions of Kemetic psychology, the discovery of the self, and the spiritual legacy of Rameses.

Amen, Ra Un Nefer. Metu Neter, Vol. 1: The Great Oracle of Tehuti and the Egyptian System of Spiritual Cultivation. Brooklyn, NY: Khamit Corporation, 1990.

A review of ancient Kemetic: spiritual awareness, destiny, evolution stages (Sahu, Ab, Ba), ten stages of initiation, Maatian principles, four levels and ten states of meditation, mediumistic trance, deities of the Metu Neter, cosmology, cosmogony, the philosophical and psychological aspects of the Metu Neter oracle system and a guide on how to meditate and perform a ritual.

Amen, Ra Un Nefer. Metu Neter, Vol. 2: Anuk Ausar, The Kemetic Initiation System. Brooklyn, NY: Khamit Corporation, 1994.

A guide to achieve spiritual perfection and success based on the ancient Kemetic system of ten initiation stages. The principles and processes of initiation are explained utilizing Ausarian religion (i.e., observances and practices designed to guide one to a life of success) to obtain a harmonious human social order. The volume includes an index, and an appendix of illustrations and chants.

Amen, Ra Un Nefer. Tree of Life Meditation System (TOLM): General Principles of Holistic Meditation. Brooklyn, NY: Khamit Corporation, 1996.

Using the eleven hidden powers of the spirit of ancient Kemet, this work guides one through a twenty-one day meditation process (consciousness) involving the ability to: remain peaceful in the midst of great difficulties, unify all aspects of human life, avoid and solve all conflicts, overcome all difficulties, meet all objectives, protect ourselves when unprotected, establish and maintain control over our lower behavior, awaken and direct our emotions and subconscious via imagination, awaken and direct our emotions and subconscious via intellect, and develop our foresight and ability to access our vitality and health to meet our objectives.

Ani, Marimba. Yurugu: An African Centered Critique of European Cultural Thought and Behavior. …

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