In order to understand the nature of Imana or the Amen or the Creator in authentic African thought, it must first be remembered that for our ancestors, the divine principle is a unique principle. The very name of Imana or Amon refers to these notions of unfathomable, impenetrable, etc. That said, the Kemite priests initially conceptualized the divine principle as a unique (ie monotheistic) and hidden principle, containing in itself the origin of the existence of all things. In a second time this divine principle is of androgynous nature, that is to say of male and female nature, which allows him to create all existing things (humans, animals, plants, etc. on the male and female model) . In a third time, the divine principle has several forms, several manifestations. And it is this part of the religious vision of Kemite priests that is the most misunderstood among Africans, it seems even the most misunderstood because of the great ignorance that reigns on the continent. How to explain the fact that African spirituality can be monotheistic while its supreme being manifests itself in several forms? And beh what you need to know is that when the divine principle (Imana) manifests itself in the form, for example, of love, our ancestors in the Nile Valley equated this love of supreme being with love. of a mother for her child. That's why they represented the image of Aset or Isis with the child Heru or Horus. When the divine principle or Imana or the supreme being manifests itself in the form of truth, justice, order, harmony, Maat is represented or so called. When the divine principle or Imana manifests itself in the form of knowledge, omniscience, speech, we represent Djehuty or Thoth, and so on. It is its various manifestations that are in fact the various aspects of the same being, Imana or the Amen. So for our ancestors of the Nile Valley, the Creator is Love (ie Aset or Isis) truth, justice, order, harmony (ie Maat), He is the one who knows everything who holds all knowledge (that is, Djehuty or Thoth), etc. But in the end He is Imana (ie the Hidden) because he is so big, unfathomable, elusive, mysterious and so on. That we can not pin it down entirely and totally. And since it can not be fully understood, this is what makes him worship through his own various manifestations namely the cult of Osare or Osiris, the cult at Aset or Isis, the cult of Ra, etc ... In a fourth time, the divine principle since it is the principle containing in itself the origin of the existence of all things and making them live daily, the essence of all things existing ( that is nature, ecosystems, plants, animals, human beings, etc.) are in him come from him and are animated with his energy. Thus the whole nature is divine and sacred, so it must be respected - which implies the principle of ecology - because not to respect nature is to directly offend the divine principle found there, the human being is also divine, so the racists and barbarians must know that you must not kill the human being or reduce him to slavery because by doing so you directly offend the divine principle that is there, etc. This conception of Imana that we find in the pharaonic texts is found in all current Negro-African traditions.
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