AFROFUTURISTIC VISION #23 Animal Spirit in AfroFuturism and Animal Subjection in Sci-Fi
Animal Spirit in AfroFuturism and Animal Subjection in Sci-Fi
Rise in Excellence,
Today I planned to do the monumental blog about AfroFuturism and Sci-Fi, really go in about what takes place between these two worlds that appear so closely inter-connected yet, dynamically different in expression.
What I want to discuss is the expression of Animal Spirit in AfroFuturism and Animal Subjection in Sci-Fi. What we perceive as animals is very biased, especially, when we view ourselves as the superior to animals. Within the scientific world, animals are placed in a class or species that is termed to be primal and without intelligence as we know it. However, if you look in the Hermetic Doctrine (Principles of Jehuti) there is a mention of different worlds or realms, one of the realms is of animals. Each realm exists in the same ‘space’ as other realms only separated by vibration, rhythm and polarity. They all draw in from the universal mind and share in the universal breath. Beyond that, when we take a look at any so-called primitive or indigenous culture, we will find that Animal Behavior is a blue-print for synergy with Nature.
One thing we must keep in mind is that when dealing with vocal expression of the ‘life’ (a word that expresses what is infinitely expansive) that sound is the key factor and that some words used in indigenous cultures represent the actual sound the object or living thing makes. So let’s look at the word ‘animal’:
early 14c. (but rare before c.1600, and not in KJV, 1611), “any living creature” (including humans), from L. animale “living being, being which breathes,” neut. of animalis “animate, living; of the air,” fromanima “breath, soul; a current of air” (see animus, and cf. deer). Drove out the older beast in common usage. Used of brutish humans from 1580s.
As with most things, once a simple expression goes into motion, the way it is defined is gets convoluted with people’s ideas and hopes. The original meaning is there yet, becomes layered in clothing after generation and generation. Ultimately, what we know becomes based more on personal ego than ‘reality’. The goal of Afrofuturism, or the goal that needs to be initiated, is the ability for synergy with Nature and the Cosmic Forces about us.
From the definition, we can see that the ‘word’ animal was all inclusive of living beings that breathe. Once again, breath is a very important aspect of determining life, the interaction with oxygen. Here is a modern definition of animal:
‘any member of the kingdom Animalia, comprising of multi-cellular organisms that have a well-defined shape and usually limited growth, can move voluntarily, actively acquire food and digest it internally, and have sensory and nervous systems that allow them to respond rapidly to stimuli: some classification schemes also include protozoa and certain other single-celled eukaryotes that have motility and animal-like nutritional modes.
Animal is also related to the carnal
(carnal c.1400, “fleshly, sensual, sexual,” from M.L. carnalis “natural, of the same blood,” from L. carnis “of the flesh,” gen. of caro “flesh” (seecarnage). Carnal knowledge was in legal use by 1680s. Related:Carnality.) nature of man.
Animals are deemed to be closely related to man, although earlier on it seems that Hue-mans are animals, this gives many the sufficient reason to run trials and experiments on them in the name of scientific research.
In numerous Sci-Fi movies, tests are ran on animals to either create some extraordinary wonder-drug, enhance human ability to supernatural proportions, create some biological weapon or to enhance everyday travel to teleportation. And of course, none of these ‘Sci-Fi’ technologies come into being unless there have been a long-standing line of failed attempts on animal trials which eventually need human trials. All throughout the film, animal are subjected to a harsh reality from their captives or made to feel special that they are helping mankind’s evolution. What is unseen is the total disruption of the animal spirit realm which I guess invariably causes the downfall and strife in the movie (yet I doubt the writers had this part of the dynamic in mind)
The Fly Project X
Rise of the Planet of The Apes Species Resident Evil Splice
Hollow Man Jurassic World Meet Your Makers Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles World War Z
Now within the scope of AfroFuturism, there has been very few examples of films that display the technology of the animal spirit when synergized with the hueman spirit/body/mind….yet we recommend Besouro to see a good example…
Constantine John Carter
The Prestige Chronicle
Star Wars The Force Awakens Doctor Strange The Arrival
You see in AfroFuturism, at least from my perspective, the idea is to move towards what would be the natural expression of sci-fi according to Afrikan/Nubian culture. So it would stand to reason that if ‘Sci-Fi’ uses animals for experimentation to advance their evolution, then AfroFuturism would involve the spirits of their characters in either symbiote relationships with spirits of animals or neuroplasticity naturally administered programs that awaken the animal spirit within the Earth-Suit(body, Khat). Of course, this is nothing new, because most Afrikan/Nubian cultures showed the importance of the animal spirit in their artwork and sculptures. In Kemet (Egypt), the Netechru (what is commonly referred to as Gods) which are cosmic/earthly principles of nature, are commonly seen as therianthrophic (Therianthropy refers to the metamorphosis of humans into other animals. Therianthropes are said to change forms via shapeshifting – as referred to in the English language). Not only are hue-mans seen shapeshifting with ‘animals’ but also with plants. The energy and spirit of the plants within the region of Kemet were highly respected for their healing abilities, command over transition between worlds (life & death) and their overall nature (how they declared themselves in the world). These attributes were studied and then implemented into the characteristics of the people, especially those who were students in the temples and were of the court of the ruler. Personal and family names represented the utterance of one’s energy.
In fact, the images in the artwork have a Therianthropy and anthropomorphic (personification is any attribution of human characteristics (or characteristics assumed to belong only to humans) to other animals, non-living things, phenomena, material states, objects or abstract concepts, such as organizations, governments,spirits or deities.) quality, this quality signals the viewer’s imagination allowing them to see themselves as the animal being represented. It is a simple way of downloading a principle or ethic by site, without any added software.. What was called worship and religion many many years ago by cultures who were looking to comprehend from their own cultural standpoint, may be termed as self-help programs and visualization techniques in our present day.
This appreciation and application of nature’s principles through the movement and characteristic of animals had played out in the lifestory of this planet for centuries. Our modes of transportation, health practices and communications somehow either reflect a principle in nature (weather, behavior of elements) or the mental/physical processes of animals. Yet, sometimes it appears, at least to me, science seems to think scientific formulas brought things into existence, things like the current technology that surrounds us today.
Man is an animal by his own definition that much is apparent. Man draws upon the animal spirit for nourishment and mental vitality. Just as man draws from the sun, moon, stars and air…the animal spirit world is not exempt nor is it of a lower intelligence, not in the sense of being inferior. If it was of inferior intelligence, why would the people of Kemet base much of their artwork and sculptures on their energy?
In conclusion, the Animal Spirit in AfroFuturism represent synergy with it and Animals in Sci-Fi usually means subjection to experimentation for the benefit of mankind’s advancement.
Excerpt from N Eternity Reclaimed:
The fragrance given off by the trees and plants began to change to a sour scent. The vegetation didn’t like these beings that entered their domain, carrying malicious intent in their spirits.
Sa Sekhmet felt their anger, and sent back his scent to communicate his shared emotion.
He encouraged the surroundings to lend him their power.
It started with the vegetation. A misty vapor began to rise from their surfaces and flow towards him. His pores expanded, and sucked the energy into his body, his skin rippled like a pond.
He could feel his mother grow strong in him. Sekhmet’s teeth clenched… then her jaw sprung open wide within his chest.
She let out a roar that echoed in the realm of the plants. They responded by stretching ever so slightly their leaves and branches to the direction of Pet and Ra…asking for their rays.
The animals stopped their grazing noticing the quality of their food changed and the universal vibe of the vegetation shifted from the defensive stance it had earlier on.
Once they determined what was happening, they shared in the issuing of strength to Sa Sekhmet. All animals, small and large, raised their limbs and sent their essence forward.
I almost find myself joining in.
But that would shift the natural flow of things; for I, Apep, to participate in anything of this manner.
The animals opened their hearts to Sa Sekhmet and he took from them what he needed…
N Eternity Reclaimed is available at: http://www.therenpetphenom.com/n-eternity-reclaimed
We thank you for taking the time out of your life-cycle to read these words and wish you a powerful light experience in an Earth-Suit Body.
Rise in Excellence,