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Lifting the Spiritual Self-Esteem of the LGBT Community
Khepra Ka-Re Amente Anu
iUniverse, Inc. (2012)
Reviewed by Charline Ratcliff for RebeccasReads (8/12)
I’ve just finished reading “Lifting the Spiritual Self-Esteem of the LGBT Community” written by new author Khepra Ka-Re Amente Anu and to sum the book up in a single sentence? It was an intense read… It seems to me that the entire purpose behind “Lifting the Spiritual Self-Esteem of the LGBT Community” is to compare the world’s different religions, both past and present, provide a concise accounting of their many similarities and attempt to prove that bottom-line, they are all man made and not really divinely inspired as all religions would their followers believe. From that point of view it is not “religion” that forces us to be hateful and hurtful to those in the LGBT community – it is, in fact, just us as we separate and segregate those who make us feel uncomfortable.
“Lifting the Spiritual Self-Esteem of the LGBT Community” is a sharp and biting book. The author has provided countless facts, excerpts, quotes and more to validate his exceptionally strong belief system. I personally appreciate the author’s candor however, I know there are many out there who will not and this book will most certainly be considered inflammatory and heretical by them. I am also thankful for the personal information the author opted to provide in the book’s preface. While it might not have been included for anything other than background about the author I do think it was a wise decision. It definitely helped me understand where he was coming from and consequently I was able to understand the strong passion that drove him to share his viewpoints.
In summary, “Lifting the Spiritual Self-Esteem of the LGBT Community” was a well written book. The author’s viewpoint / belief system is provided in a concise manner and followed up with an exceptional amount of documented fact. The author is obviously thorough and he has no doubt spent many, many hours on research. A great book for anyone in the LGBT community who struggles with being ostracized due to their sexual preferences that have been genetically predetermined even before their birth… This book could also be an eye opening read for heterosexual people who don’t understand the harshness someone who prefers a same sex partner endures.
**Go Madonna religion’s a bully—Free Pussy Riot from the Russian Penal Colony**
No one in the LGBT community should feel they are going to some mythical hell because of their biologically predetermined sexual orientation, preference, or lifestyle. The mythical concept of a “judgment day” where souls stand before God and a decision is made to send a soul to heaven or hell— was around thousands of years before the creation of the worlds dominant religions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, or Islam—and can be found in older African-Kemetic/Anu (African-Egyptian/Ethiopian) myths. Hell is nothing but a re-working of mythical concepts like the Tuat, Duat, Underworld, Otherworld, and numerous texts dealing with fire and tormernt. The following is an example of some of the similarities contained in my book.
Fire and Hell: Osiris is lord of the Underworld, (a complicated mythical concept) which is associated with fire, hell, evil demons, and darkness—as well as a place for departed souls to go on their path to eternity, everlastingness, and heaven (or to be devoured). I list numerous African-Kemetic/Anu excerpts referencing fire and damnation in my book. The Underworld (also called Amenta, Duat, Tuat, or Otherworld) is a place where departed souls of gods and humans must go to have their deeds or heart weighed in the balance. Once their deeds or heart are weighed, using the “Scale of Truth or Justice”— a decision is made to either send the deceased to heaven or keep them in the Underworld to be devoured.
The judgment is rendered after the deceased enters the Hall of Judgment and is brought before the twelve members of the “Company of Gods”— with Osiris on the throne as ruler and judge. The Scale of Truth and Justice, and the Company of Gods—are part of the “Judgment Scene from the Papyrus of Ani”—and are explained in great detail in chapter 5 of my book. The Judgment Scene of Ani is similar to many judgment day scenarios in the world’s dominant religions; it is also striking in similarity to the criminal and civil courtrooms in America and around the world.
The myth of Jesus is a reworking older African-Kemetic/Anu myths as well as astronomy. The myth of Jesus is associated with the sun. The crucifixion, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus is a re-working of the autumnal equinox, winter solstice, spring (vernal) equinox, and summer solstice—described in detail in my book.
The following are examples of many African-Kemetic/Anu myths and astronomy similar to Jesus found throughout my book. Note: Statues of Isis suckling Horus can be found in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Egypt or numerous museums around the world like: the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City—to see: go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s on-line web site.
The Annunciation, Conception, Birth, and Adoration of the Child
The nativity scene of Amenhotep III in the temple of Amun (Amen) at Luxor, Egypt, is referred to as the Annunciation, Conception, Birth, and Adoration of the Child; it is a four-part vignette depicting the mythical birth of a divine son. This much older four-part nativity scene— similar to the birth of Jesus is described in much detail in my book
A well-known god of African-Kemetic/Anu mythology is Heru (Horus), “The Divine Child,” and son of Isis and Osiris. He was suckled by his mother Isis in the “majesty” or “seat of wisdom” position. Isis (who was impregnated by Osiris) is depicted in art sitting on a throne with a low back, holding the baby Horus in her lap, suckling him and looking straight ahead in the original “Madonna” pose.
The Virgin Mary and Jesus image is taken from this depiction. In fact, many of the early Coptic (Egyptian) Christian coins, pictures, and statues represented both Jesus and Mary as black. Black Madonna’s are found mostly at Catholic sites in Europe, South America, and the United States of America. France has more Black Madonna shrines than any other country in the world.
The Tejen or Tekhen (obelisk) is associated with the sun, protection, stability, the creative force, vivifying power, and resurrection. When you see the Tejen (obelisk) sitting in the middle of St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican in Rome, it is evidence of the degree to which African-Kemetic/Anu culture has been used by the men who made up the religion of Christianity. The Tejen sits in the middle of a Chaos star (sun—like the star we call our sun), drawn on the ground inside of St. Peter’s Square—a Chaos star looks like the asterisk above the number 8 on your computer keyboard, with a equal horizontal line drawn through its center.
This African-Kemetic/Anu symbolic religious monument was taken out of Africa in the first century CE, and erected in the Forum of Caesar; then moved to the Circus of Caligula (later Circus of Nero) in Rome. The Tejen was then moved to St. Peter’s Square on the orders of Pope Sixtus V in 1586.
St. Peter’s Basilica faces east. The sun rises in the east, and the mythical “Son of God” (Jesus) was born in the east (Jerusalem). Jesus as mentioned earlier is associated with the sun. The Tejen is a symbol of the sun, and is also associated with the east and the rising sun. At the funeral of Pope John Paul II when the Trapezoidal Coffin of Pope John Paul II was placed down on the ground in St. Peter’s Square, it directly faced the Tejen or Tekhen (obelisk) in the direction of east, where the sun rises—***See CNN 2005 YouTube coverage.
Also from an aerial view of the funeral of Pope John Paul II, the open space resulting from the arraignment of the seating in front of the Tejen or Tekhen (obelisk) was shaped like a Tejen with the top pointing east in the direction of the rising sun. The men who designed the Vatican over the years could have chosen any Christian symbol for St. Peter’s Square, but they chose the Tejen. Easter Sunday is always celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon on or after March 20 or 21. This gives Easter an association with both the moon and sun. March 20 or 21 is the date (depending on the year) of the vernal (spring) equinox in the northern hemisphere, the date the sun crosses directly over the earth’s equator. The position of the sun on the horizon facing east at sunrise is centered in the middle of the horizon—crucifying the horizon.
Lastly, the Star of David, hexagram, interlaced triangles, or six-pointed star is one of the symbols of Freemasons, who derive many of their symbols and emblems from ancient African-Kemetic/Anu culture. It is also found on the back of the US dollar in the arrangement of the stars above the eagle’s head. On the left side of the back of the US dollar, when you interlace a triangle over the pyramid (starting with a horizontal line at the base of where the separation is at the top of the pyramid, where the Eye of Horus is, and draw a line straight across to the lettering on either side), the lines (points) will connect with the letters “A” on the left and “S” on the right.
Then draw a line down on each side, closing the interlaced triangle or hexagram to “O,” the last letter of the word “Ordo” at the bottom of the pyramid. Then if you look horizontal on the base of the pyramid (now a hexagram) to the left, the point of the pyramid or hexagram points to the letter “N,” and the right point of the hexagram or pyramid (going horizontal) points to the letter “M.” These letters spell the word “Mason”— many of the founding fathers of America were Freemasons.