Black History Month Fact #4
The Greek alphabet, the script of English today, is based on the Kemetic alphabet of Ancient Egypt/Kemet and the Upper Nile Valley of Ancient Africa. Ancient Egyptians called their words MDW NTR, or ‘Metu Neter,” which means divine speech. The Greeks called the language of Ancient Egyptians ‘hieroglyphics’ which is a Greek word. The etymology of hieroglyphics is sacred (hieros) carvings (glyph). According to Muata Ashby,
“The mouth is a symbol of consciousness…thoughts are conditioning instruments. This means that when you think, you are actually differentiating. When the mind goes beyond words, it goes beyond thoughts and thereby experiences undifferented consciousness.
Speaking is an art to be performed when it will do the most good and not for idle talk or for showing off to others or those who do not wish to listen.
(cited from Introduction to Ma’at Philosophy: The Wisdom of Maati)
(pic from Nile Valley Contributions to Civilization (Exploding the Myths) by Anthony T. Browder)
Correct Speech is something i speak to my daughter about frequently.