Last night, I saw a series of blog posts from members of the House of Netjer (HoN) noting that they are currently in financial difficulties and asking for community support. The posts serve as a reminder to anyone who forgets that religious organizations are as reliant on financial assistant as individuals, and that tangible resources are necessary for an organism to survive and thrive.
This post is not a call to donate to HoN, although that community needs some support. It is, instead, a statement of the empathy I feel for its members, for those who believe wholeheartedly in the community and its work, for those who follow its teachings, for those who do senut, and who celebrate festivals according to the Kemetic Orthodox calendar. For those who believe, and support others in that belief. For the onion hoers, and the priests. For those who are hem(t)-netjer.
For those who Trust. I empathize most with you.
I am Kemetic. I hold fast to the idea that community must be developed and nurtured and perpetuated. I hold to the concept of ma’at and that it must be developed and nurtured and perpetuated, lest isfet infest and unmake. And, I hold to the idea that in ma’at there is community, and in community there is ma’at and that I have a responsibility to Speak in order to continue and improve.
I am not always good at subtle; the first of the Names that came to me was Sekhmet and she is very good at ma’at at any cost. I am becoming better at this, although parts of me still long for subtlety, to work things out one-on-one, and to address those I believe have forgotten ma’at in private rather than in public.
But the time for that has passed. It is time for me to Speak Up, to say publicly what I tried to say privately:
The recent actions of the Nisut tell me that the HoN no longer has a head.
To be the God-King, especially in diaspora where no larger civil structures are in place, is not to be a titular head, or a leader in Name only. In a community where Words Mean Things, where language is heka and heka is language, calling oneself the Nisut implies certain actions…and those actions are not occurring. Worse yet, to my mind, there has been no owning up to this as far as I can see, save for some throwaway comments at a recent Pagan Event about it being assumed that her attendance at the World Conference of Religions some years ago was related to Kemeticism, followed by a laugh.
When one is the self-professed leader of a Kemetic organization, when one claims to have been crowned by the gods and given the kingly ka, it is expected that one wear that mantle seriously. To represent oneself as a leader in another faith while retaining the title of Nisut; to hold a discussion about Kemetic beliefs in a conference suite reserved for a Sosyete; to run from the role one claims to hold to another is shameful.
You, Tamara Siuda, should be ashamed of yourself.
How dare you call yourself their Nisut and not nourish them? How dare you not open the granaries, and how dare you reduce the community you built – and now seemingly ignore – to the point of begging assistance from the pagan community at large?
For the sake of those who were once your people (and are now something else entirely), I hope your abdication comes soon.