Connecting Bantu words and Cultural practices with ancient Egyptians
Ancient Words Ra,Re,Ptah, Ta,Pa,Se largely resonate in Bantu languages for word FATHER and sometimes used to endow respect to men of dignity and Deities. The word for father in the Southern-Soto-Tswana-Bantu language is given as Ra, re, rarae and even rara. Thus Re kglo means the great father or the great chief. In ancient Egyptian’s polytheistic beliefs, Ra was worshiped as the creator God by most blacks at Heliopolis and along the Nile valley. These followers believed that Ra was self-created, while other followers of Ptah or Ta believed that Ra was created by Ptah. In a passage of the Book of the Dead, Ra cuts himself, and his blood transforms into two intellectual personifications: Hu, or authority, and Sia/se, or mind. Ra is also accredited with the creation of the seasons, months, plants, and animals.In later Egyptian dynastic times, Ra was merged with the god Horus, as Re-Horakhty (“Ra, who is Horus of the Two Horizons”) term vaguely remain in southern Africa as Re kglo. He was believed to rule in all parts of the created world: the sky, the earth, and the underworld. The Sotho,Xhosa and Tswana people use terms Ra, and Re to confer ultimate respect to male figures and leaders.
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