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Rituals in Africa, just as in other parts of the world, utilize symbols to convey meaning and give expression to the human experience. Rituals bring focus to the patterns and cycles we see in Nature; days, months, seasons, and stages. Life stages in the African tradition are often celebrated in cycles of seven years. Rites are meant to recognize and celebrate the completion of one stage of life and the beginning of the next. All societies have different  age-linked  rituals,  and  mark  the  passage  from  one  to another, but not all have the same rituals, either in number or in kind. 

In the African tradition, ritual is the method used to access the Divine.

Now is the time for African peoples to reclaim our sacred tradition of the Rite of Passage as a means to heal and rebuild our global community.

Akhepran offers rite of passage programs for each of the following stages of life: 

 

Birth (Naming)

Giving birth to new life is a transcending experience; it is a surrender to Creation. This rite begins in pregnancy with the Doula, who’s role is to help soothe the mother and give her strength as she labours. African women need extra special care and attention to ensure both mother and baby are safe and protected during this most important transition. 

There is so much power in a name; it shapes your personality; it connects you to your lineage. It is an ancient African custom to  observe the personality of a child before the naming, so that it fits and enhances what is observed. For many African peoples of the world, our names do not reflect our culture or lineage, therefore reclaiming African identity through naming is a powerful symbol.

Naming requires deep spiritual consideration and a co-creative relationship between Akhepran and the parent or recipient. If you wish to receive a Kemetic name (glyphed), please contact us at akhepran.com

 

Seven years (7-14)

Foundational Skills and Responsibility Within the Family

The Seven Year Rite of Passage Program was established in 2016, to help guide our seven year olds in behaviour and expectation within the household and larger community. 

Workbook available upon request

 

Fourteen years (14-21)

Morality and Strength of Character

The Fourteen Year rite of passage Program is a study of self within the transition into adulthood. Relationships, sex and sexuality, online presence, positive and negative Influences, goal setting… all of these important aspects of responsibility are framed with an akhepran philosophy that uses ancient wisdom and values to strengthen moral character. The aim is to prepare young minds to stand firm in who they are with a solid grounding in their cultural heritage.

Twenty one years (21-28)  

The twenty one year old is  our young scholar, ready to embark on his/her academic journey, but what do they know of their Intellectual heritage? This rite of passage is focused on preparing the spiritual scholar, one who is ready to embark on the lifelong journey of Becoming.

 

Marriage and Family Building (28-42)

The Union  

These are also the years of creating and building a family. These are crucial years for nurturing and teaching the next generation to come after ourselves – to give as much teaching and modeling within the family.   

Community service is therefore limited to the family, and should be  restricted thereto. Care, nurturing, and education are vital within the family.

Parents must be the first teachers of the Akhepran knowledge philosophy; they must seek to activate the creative potential of their children through the use of symbol. Creation connects us to the Divine, therefore look to Creation for the symbol teaching. Guide your child to watch and observe their natural environment: Khepra, the Scarab, the animal world, the plants, the stars, the water, and the wave. The body itself is a symbol of the great cosmos, connect function to the original spirit science of African peoples. All of these ideas can be introduced in various story forms to children at this age, along with various ancestral books and stories that give heritage and cultural identity to our people. Akhepran is able to support you throughout the teaching process.

 Our people should be educated to take ownership for the ancestral African culture, so that our wisdom and our knowledge can never be taken away from us again. In teaching our young to appreciate, acknowledge, and know the African genius of our people, we give them ownership of this knowledge.

 

Elderhood

The elder is one who is honored in the African community. For thousands of years, the African has looked to the ancestors for guidance, to those who are no longer living, and the elder is the closest to the world of the 

ancestors. The elder is one who is honored in the African community. For thousands of years, the African has looked to the ancestors for guidance, to those who are no longer living, and the elder is the closest to the world of the ancestors. African people find meaning in life through our connection to our ancestors.   For    the    African,   moral

integrity  (maat)  is  one  of  the  most important aspects of becoming an ancestor.

The elder serves as guardian for the community of the living; they live to a very old age and have learned and experienced many things.   The Elder holds the knowledge, wisdom and traditions of the people and helps to connect the African to the first time of Origin, the first time of Creation, the Sep Tepi.

 

Shemsu Hotep… May the ancestors be pleased.