Tuesday, June 30, 2009

That tricky word "Kemeticism"

I have heard a lot of controversy surrounding this word.

I have heard that it is used specifically by groups who believe that white people should not explore this tradition.

I have also heard that that it is used by people who have left HoN to distinguish themselves from Kemetic orthodoxy.

It seems like there is a lot of baggage connected with the word. To me, the word simply makes sense. If one is Catholic, then one practices Catholicism. So doesn't it naturally follow that if one is Kemetic, one practices Kemeticism?

Despite the fact that the use of the word seems to be just plain proper English, I am find myself concerned about the connotations. I tend to describe myself as a "Kemetic Pagan", or tell people that I am on a "Kemetic Path", rather than use the word "Kemeticism". I'd prefer not to cause drama by inadvertently implying something I did not intend. At the same time, I'm wondering if I'm making too much effort, walking on eggshells to do this when I should just be calling my path what it is.

What do you all think? Is the word "Kemeticism" too hot to handle?

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