A scholar of history, Mfundishi Jhutyms Salim is on a mission to conserve the culture and traditions of Africa and highlight the role they played in ancient Egypt. This is the inspiration for his novel, "Mentchu-hotep and the Spirit of the Medjay," which is based on real figures from Egypt's eleventh dynasty, particularly the titular ruler.
In the pages of Salim's work, readers will come to know of Menhu-hotep's achievements, who was the founding and unifying king of ancient Kemet or Egypt during its classical age. He would rule for 54 years. According to Salim, Menchu-hotep was a black African from the south and has previously had little written about him despite his stature in ancient history.
"Mentchu-hotep and the Spirit of the Medjay" is a meticulously researched work of historical fiction. It is based on archeological findings and has the potential to enrich the knowledge of history buffs and aficionados of Egyptology and African culture.
Salim also hopes to inspire his readers, particularly those seeking to inform themselves and build a deeper connection to their African heritage. He shows how ancestors such as Menchu-hotep were great spiritual warriors whose exploits have much to teach modern people, who exhibited virtues such as wisdom and courage, and who were in control of their destiny. For Salim, these are traits that are inspiring and should be cultivated.
"Mentchu-hotep and the Spirit of the Medjay" also elaborate on the achievements of ancient Egypt and the Kemet civilization, the strengths they exhibited in the spheres of arts, sciences, and technology, and the role black Africans from the south played in these developments. Salim details conflicts and victories in warfare, the development, and utilization of superior metal weaponry, as well as the calamities that destabilized their civilization.
About the Author
Mfundishi Jhutyms Salim is a holistic cultural custodian of traditional African culture and that of ancient Kemet as well. He is an author, poet, playwright, storyteller, and professor of African studies. He is also a high priest and spiritual guide, lecturer, motivational speaker, and grandmaster of the Mentchu Afrikan combat system of Kupigana Ngumi. He has taught and traveled across the world and worked for non-profit, spiritual, educational, and cultural organizations. At his Harlem-based Kemety Spiritual Shrine, he offers a wide range of programs, services, and products - from individual consulting to seminars, retreats, rites of passages, cultural journeys, speeches, and more.