“Godhood, Wisdom, and Self-Becoming (Part 1.5): The African Origin of the Jedi” – An Addendum by T. Hasan Johnson, Ph.D.

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Just a quick addendum to my last piece examining some of the elements from the Star Wars mythos. There’s argument that the very origin of the concept of the Jedi via Joseph Campbell, is actually an elite esoteric order in ancient Egypt, with a lineage that descends down through Europe.044724d

I must say I’m hesitant about citing links where people use fictitious names or no names at all. It makes the outcome of their research questionable to me if you’re not willing to make yourself as accessible to analysis as the concepts you advocate. KRS-One even once said, “If you don’t know the history of the author you don’t know what you’ve read.” I share that sentiment. So I don’t offer the following as definitive, but as food for thought.

“Star Wars Mythology Origins in Egypt”

Djehuty (Thoth) is the patron deity of a group of magi identified as the Djed.

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Djehuty (Thoth)

They use the symbol of the Djed to acknowledge the various realms of thought and experience, namely the physical, emotional, and etheric levels (see the video below). In fact, in an article entitled, “The African Origin of Jedi Order” it states,

“Most people think the Jedi order of Star Wars was a fictional order created by George Lucas from his fertile imagination. Actually, Lucas based it on the Djedi, an ancient order of Egyptian priest/priestesses warriors who wore hooded robes, carried a staff of power and guarded the pharaoh. The secret techniques and knowledge of the Force taught to these Egyptian Djedi were passed down from Atlantis by Tehuti [sometimes spelled Djehuty] Aka Thoth (aka Hermes and Mercury) who was one of the priest-kings of Atlantis who sailed to colonies in Egypt, Peru and elsewhere before the sinking of Atlantis in order to preserve the accumulated knowledge and wisdom of Atlantis. But in order to ensure that it would not be misused again, it was kept secret and only revealed to select initiates.”

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Some argue that the Djed symbol is a recreation of the spine, and the symbolic serpent that ascends the spine representing the rise to an immortal consciousness.

“Djedi could awaken the normally dormant “serpent” power, the fiery Force at the base of his spine, and then move it upwards to his head where it would culminate in supernatural powers and intuitive, Gnostic wisdom. The proof that a Djedi had accomplished this alchemy is intrinsic to his name, which was, essentially, an honorific title. The Djed of Djedi denoted “column,” while the root word or sound Dj denoted “serpent.” Thus, a Djedi was one who had awakened the Dj or serpent at its seat and then raised it up his or her Djed “column” or spine to the head. Those Djedi that succeeded in this inner ascension could potentially become immortal, which is yet another meaning of Djedi. As the Serpent Force rises up the spine, its alchemical fire of transformation moves within every cell of the body and raises the frequency of human flesh to that of “immortal” pure energy.”
“What a Jedi Really Is and the Ancient Egyptian Connection”
In another the article entitled, “The Way of the Djedi,” the author states,

“Records of them survive in certain countries, such as Egypt and Persia, where they were magician priests and the guardians of powerful priest kings similar to the “Emperor” of Star Wars, albeit without his predilection for the “Dark Side.” In ancient Egypt, the surviving histories reveal that the Jedi manifested as the Djedi (hence the name “Jedi”) which was a sect of the priesthood and Masters of the Force that protected the Pharaoh; and in Persia they were the Narts, guardians of a Holy Grail called the Nartmongue and the protectors of enlightened priest kings who lived at least one-thousand years before King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. The remarkable history and wisdom of these two early sects of “Jedi” Knights was first introduced to the West by the Knights Templar, who upon returning from the Middle East in the 13th and 14th centuries, distilled “Jedi” histories learned from the Sufis into a series of lengthy Holy Grail legends.”

It even argues that the Djedi’s are the mythical foundation for the both the Knights Templar and King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

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Specifically, it states,

Force that protected the Pharaoh; and in Persia they were the Narts, guardians of a Holy Grail called the Nartmongue and the protectors of enlightened priest kings who lived at least one-thousand years before King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. The remarkable history and wisdom of these two early sects of “Jedi” Knights was first introduced to the West by the Knights Templar, who upon returning from the Middle East in the 13th and 14th centuries, distilled “Jedi” histories learned from the Sufis into a series of lengthy Holy Grail legends.”

A more in depth article on this is by Mark Amaru Pinkham, author of the essay entitled, “The Return Of The Djedi: The Knights Of Star Wars Were Preceded Long Ago By Egyptian And Persian Orders.”

The legacy of this order extends out of Africa and into Europe according to an article on the “Gnostic Warrior” website written by “Moe” entitled, “The African Master Builders and Jedi Nights.” They apparently inspired revivals and new interpretations in Rome, Germany, Scotland, Sweden, England, and Ireland before inspiring American George Lucas to develop Star Wars pantheon of Jedi warrior knight-monks.

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George Lucas and Dr. Joseph Campbell

My main point here is that there is an untold impact of Africa on Europe, and the breadth of it is still undertheorized upon… The legacy of that which Kemet (Egypt) inspired, especially spiritually, is generically referred to as Gnostic. What makes it “Black,” that which most who identify as Gnostics ignore, is the legacy of Africa on all things deemed “Gnostic.” Africa is the well-spring and mother to Gnostic thought. What makes it Gnostic is that it’s filtered through Greek symbolic exegesis. Otherwise it’s purely North African…and Kemet extends out of older, central African city-states, and so does the information and libraries claimed by Europe–and much of the time denied it’s African lineage.

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At the end of the day, I must say I take some delight in knowing that as Black Gnostics, we are the modern-day (D)Jedi, wielding the quality of discernment as swords of light that cut through illusion with right knowledge illuminated by the fierce light of wisdom. We uphold truth as warrior monks, and we represent a tradition that has been fiercely denied and yet revered to such a degree that others have stolen it and claimed it as their own while selling it back to us in countless media in whiteface. In that way, Samuel Jackson’s ‘Mace Windu’ symbolically means a great deal to those of us who never got to see us as such in history because Western culture sought to discredit and eliminate the legacy of ancient Black genius.

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~ by Lord Amaru on January 6, 2018.

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