WHAT IS MEDU NETER?
Medu Neter is the original name for the language that is commonly known as "Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs". Medu Neter means "words of nature", nature being all the infinite forms of existence. Its name is reflective of both its complexity, spiritual nature and the reverence in which its speakers held it. It is the oldest known language that has a large body of written literature in Africa and the world. Medu Neter was spoken and written more than 10,000 years ago and underwent many changes and developments during its long history.
Medu Neter is complex in ways that European languages are not. All words have symbolic and literal meaning on multipule levels. The language also uses strong metaphorical and proverbial expressions, it shares this characteristic with many other African languages. Because of the unique nature of this language, meanings are not always straightforward or easily understood, as is often the case in African languages. Today we may find it difficult to innerstand the deeper meaning of the words and phrases, only through continuous study is this possible. Even though Medu Neter is not spoken today, studying this ancient language teaches students, about grammar, critical thinking, and most importantly about the culture of the people who spoke it.
The written language consisted of pictures of all kinds of objects found in their environment. Pictures were used to represent sounds, words, abstract and complex ideas. The writing system was consonantal and vowels were not written. Little is known about the pronunciation except through comparing sounds with other existing languages that are derived for the medu neter. Today scholars use a form of transliteration that assigns sounds to the glyphs so that they can be pronounced for use in speaking and reading.
Learning to read and write this beautiful pictorial language is interesting and fun. Join us on this wonderful journey to preserve this beautiful ancient classical language so it will continue to live through eternity.
ABOUT RKHTY AMEN
Kemetologist, Linguist, Hmt-Ntr (Priestess), and Director of the Institute of Kemetic Philology, and wife and mother of three daughters. Rkhty Amen has taught Mdu Ntr for 30 years. She is a much in demand lecturer on various topics related to Kemet (ancient Egypt), and has lectured in the United States, Europe and Africa. Rkhty is the author of several publications among these are: The Writing System of Medu Neter, Kemetic Name Book, The Kemetic Calendar Project, A Life Centered Life Living MAAT, Mejat Wefa Mdu Ntr Conversation Book, Journey of the Ba Mystery of Transformation - A Guide for Conducting Kemetic Funerals, and articles published in The Journal of African Civilizations among other journals. She is also a contributor to the ASCAC African World History Project, Rkhty is one of the cofounders of The Kemetic Institute in Chicago Illinois and of ASCAC (Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations) and an instructor of Medu Neter for the University of Kemetian Sciences.
Rkhty (Wimby) Amen studied Egyptian Hieroglyphs in the PHD program at the University of Chicago Oriental Institute, Department of Near Eastern Studies. She also studied Chinese, French, German and Hebrew at the University of Illinois and Spertus College, and studied several African languages and has a Degree in Linguistics. She is proficient in reading the ancient language of Medu Neter.
ABOUT THE INSTITUTE OF KEMETIC PHILOLOGY
The Institute of Kemetic Philology was perhaps the first to host online classes in Medu Neter, starting in 2010. Since its beginning the Institute has had hundreds of students and has trained teachers in this ancient language. The main purpose of the Institute is to revive Medu Neter as a living spoken language. Every thing that we do is geared toward this goal.