Khememu – The Black People of Ancient Egypt

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Kmt means black, and it only means black, it is what follows that tells us – black (what)?

Some examples of usage: (Note: the ‘t’ is silent, and is merely used to make the word a feminine noun.)

Kmt nu = Black nation (the name for Ancient Egypt)

Kmt ta = Black land

Kmt pw = It is black

nn Kmt pw = It is not black (Ahn.Ohn Kem poo)

St Kmt = Black Woman (Say.Kem) (and Because it refers to Isis; her name comes first)

The question is often asked “Why is it called Egypt?” This question can best be answered correctly by first remembering that the Ancient Egyptian language is NOT a dead language. It not only survives as Coptic Egyptian, but also in related languages such as Wolof (Senegal) and Yoruba (Nigeria). If this fact is kept in mind, one cannot drift into spurious speculations.

Kemet: The Original Name of Egypt

The oldest, official name for Egypt, by the Ancient Egyptians themselves, is Kmt (Keme) or Black. The contemporary Egyptian (Coptic) words for Egypt are (depending on the particular dialect): Kame, Keme, Kimi, and Kheme – all of which mean Black. Also in Coptic Egyptian we have, kem, kame, kmi, kmem, kmom or “to be black.”
The Ancient Egyptians referred to themselves as Kmtjw (Kemetu) and Kmmw (Kmemu) or Black people (In contemporary Egyptian: Kmemou=Black people). In Wolof, Khem means “burnt to black.”

“Egypt”: Greek Corruptions

The Greeks corrupted an Ancient Egyptian name for Memphis – Ht-Ki-Pth (hay-gip-Toh), “The Temple of Ptoh’s Essence,” to Aigyptos. Keeping in mind that the Greeks had a convention of adding an ‘s’ to Ancient Egyptian proper nouns:
Osiri (Usiri in contemporary Egyptian) > Osiris
Isi (Ese in contemporary Egyptian) > Isis
Pth(Toh) > Tos

“Misr” and “Mizraim”: Semitic Corruptions

British Egyptologist E.A.W. Budge was one of the first to remark that “The name Mizraim may have been given Egypt (by foreigners) in respect of its double wall.”

The name Misr is indeed a Semiticized form of Ancient Egyptian:
Medjr = walled district
Medjre = tower, fortress
These Ancient Egyptian words became Meetsrayeem (Egypt) and Meetsree (Egyptian) in Hebrew, and in Arabic; Misr and Masri respectively. It is the same as Westerners calling China, “China,” after the original Qin dynasty emperor (“Tschina” in Indo-European). The Chinese, however, call their country Zhongguo or ‘the Middle Kingdom.’

Ancient Egyptian glossary

‘Egypt’ [ ] = Contemporary Egyptian (Coptic) words

Eturmeh……….North river (Lower Egypt) [Eioor – river]
Etures………….South river (Upper Egypt)
Hedje…………..White Crown country (Upper Egypt)
Keme…………..Black (All of Egypt) [Keme – Black]
Kemi……………”Southern” country (Upper Egypt)
Kem Wer Miri..”the Great Black Sea” – which later would be referred to as Deshret Miri or “The Red Sea”
Pasheti…………The two divisions of Egypt; one belonging to Horus and the other to Set [Pashe – boundary]
Res……………..the South (Upper Egypt) [Res – south]
Shmo…………..the South (Upper Egypt)
Sonti……………”the two halves of Egypt” (Upper and Lower Egypt)
TaMera………..Land of the Inundation
TaMeri…………My beloved land
Tawi……………the Two lands (Upper and Lower Egypt)

Kemetu…………Black’s peoples (Egyptian citizens)
Kmemu…………Black people (the Egyptian people)
Resu…………….Southern people (Upper Egyptians)
Ret………………The Men [Rot – men]
Ret na Romé….We Men above mankind [Romé – men;mankind]
Romé n Keme..Men of Black (“Egyptians”)
TaMeru………..Land of the Inundation people (Egyptians)
Tawiu…………..The Two Lands people (Egyptian) [Ta;to – land]


A comprehensive list of the structure and usages of perhaps the most significant word in the Ancient Egyptian language. All of these words can be found in “An Egyptian Hieroglyphic Dictionary” by E. A. Wallis Budge, Dover, NY

Used as an adjective

kem;kemem;kemom – black
kemu – black (m)
keme.t – black (f)
hime.t keme.t – “black woman” (woman of Black)
himu.t keme.t – “black women” (women of Black)

Used as a noun

keme.t – any black person, place, or thing

A determinative is then used to be more specific:

keme.t (woman) – “the Black woman”; ie, ‘divine woman’
keme.t (cow) – “a Black cow” – ie, a ‘sacred cow’
Keme.t (nation) – “the Black nation”

kem – a black one (m)
keme.t – a black one (f)
kemu – black ones (m)
kemu.t – black ones (f)
kemeti – two black ones

Used for Nationality

Sa Kemet – a man of Black (an Egyptian male)
Sa.t Kemet – a woman of Black (an Egyptian female)
Rome.t Kemet – the people of Black (Egyptians)
Kemetou – Blacks (ie, ‘citizens’)
Kememou – Black people (of the Black nation)

Other usages

Sa Kem – “Black man”, a god, and son of
Sa.t Kem.t – “Black woman”, a goddess (page 589b)
kem (papyrus) – to end, complete
kem.t (papyrus) – the end, completion
kemi – finished products
kem khet (stick) – jet black

kemwer – any Egyptian person, place or thing (‘to be black’ + ‘to be great’)

Kemwer – “The Great Black” – a title of Osiris – the Ancestor of the race

Kemwer (body of water) – “the Great Black sea” – the Red sea
Kemwer (body of water + river bank) – a lake in the Duat (the OtherWorld)
Kemwer Nteri – “the sacred great Black bulls”
kemwer (fortress) – a fort or town
Kemwer (water) – the god of the great Black lake

Kem Amut – a black animal goddess
Kemi.t-Weri.t – “the great Black woman”, a goddess
Kem-Neb-Mesen.t – a lion god
Kem ho – “black face”, a title of the crocodile Rerek
kem; kemu (shield) – buckler, shield
kem (wood) – black wood
kem.t (stone) – black stone or powder (plant) – a plant
kemu (seed) – seeds or fruit of the kem plant
kemti – “black image”, sacred image or statue

Using the causative “S”

S_kemi – white haired, grey-headed man (ie, to have lost blackness)
S_kemkem – to destroy, overthrow, annihilate
S_kemem – to blacken, to defile


S_desher – to redden, make ruddy
S_desheru – red things, bloody wounds

Some interesting Homonyms (pages 770 > )

qem – to behave in a seemly manner
Qemi – the south, Upper Egypt
qem.t – reed, papyrus
qemaa – to throw a boomerang
qem_au – to overthrow
qemam.t – mother, parent
qemamu – workers (in metal, wood)
qemqem – tambourines
qemd – to weep
qemati – statue, image – same as kemti
qema – to create
qemaiu – created beings
Qemau;Qemamu – The Creator

Deshret – the opposite of Kemet

deshr.t – any red (ie, non-Black) person, place, or thing

deshr.t (woman) – “the Red woman”; ie, ‘evil woman’
deshr.t (cow) – “a Red cow” – ie, the ‘devil’s cow’
deshr – a red one (m)
deshr.t – a red one (f)
deshru – red ones (m)
deshru.t – red ones (f) — White or light-skinned people; devils
deshreti – two red ones

And From the Coptic Bible (Song of Solomon)
Anok ang ou Keme’ nefer
I am Black and Beautiful.

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5 thoughts on “Khememu – The Black People of Ancient Egypt”

  1. Keep in mind that these are transliterations meaning that the examples shown are written for ease of pronunciation. In the native language the change in usage (noun/verb) are usually indicates by grammatical markings or differences in spelling. Rode=road, write=right are two English examples.

  2. I do remember reading about hwt-kha-Ptah=Egypt. I remember because of Names in the ancient ameri-kha all ha (kha) even and Ancient God. He was one of 3. Huricain Cain=Khan or King. Whites use C instead of k. Congo=Khango .or Khan=king. Whites defile our Khans name making him a Giant Gorilla. And they want you to forget that they inherit their power from you. White males were born weak and huntch back if they survived birth. Until black men of Sons of God..or Tree of Life gave them strong sons or seeds!Thats why Greeks celebrated this mix of 2 different seeds. Mustang+Donkey=Mule or Mulatto

  3. In searching the meaning of the name kim or khem.. China has an ancient khem name also. I’ve learned that most names that we call white names, Are actually black names. inherited by whites due to Sons of God mixing. What we usually do when recording knowledge is save the most important=turning point or key points in history. So when you see ~The sons of God began to take wives from daughters of men~ This is something(NEW) =key point or turning point in history.

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