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Egyptian Paganism - Kemetic Reconstruction


Egyptian Paganism - Kemetic Reconstruction

Followers of today's Kemetic religions honor the gods of ancient Egypt.

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There are some traditions of modern Paganism that follow the structure of the ancient Egyptian religion. Typically these traditions, sometimes referred to as Kemetic Paganism or Kemetic reconstruction, follow basic principles of Egyptian spirituality such as honoring the Neteru, or deities, and finding a balance between man's needs and the natural world. Like many ancient cultures, such as the Greeks or Romans, the Egyptians incorporated religious beliefs into their daily lives, rather than keeping them separate.

For members of most Kemetic groups, information is gained by studying scholarly sources of information on ancient Egypt. There are a number of smaller subgroups within the Kemetic framework. These include -- but are certainly not limited to -- the Ausar Auset Society, Kemetic Orthodoxy, and Akhet Het Heru. In these traditions, there is an acknowledgement that each person has their own individual interactions with the Divine. However, these experiences are also measured against historical and scholarly sources, to help avoid the trap of unverifiable personal gnosis.

In addition to the Kemetic reconstruction movements, there are also many groups that follow Egyptian gods within a Neopagan framework, utilizing the northern European Wheel of the Year and Wiccan sabbat dates.

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