What role does the Nisut fill?
Kemetic Orthodoxy is more than a faith: it is a community, a culture, and a way of life, forged and united under the leadership of one remarkable woman. Her birth name is Tamara L. Siuda, though the people of Kemetic Orthodoxy know her as Her Holiness, the Nisut Sekhenet-Ma'at-Ra Hekatawy, or simply and affectionately as Hemet (an ancient word translating either as "majesty" or "possessor of character").
Nisut-Bity (or Nisut-bityt in the feminine), sometimes translated as "sovereign (ruler)," but literally "(S)he of the Sedge and Bee," is the ancient title of a person sometimes called "Pharaoh." Today as in antiquity, our Nisut is the spiritual and cultural leader of our Kemetic nation. Upon coronation, the Nisut was charged with carrying out the will of the Netjeru, and acts as a physical and spiritual bridge between the people and their gods and goddesses. Our current Nisut-bityt (often shortened to "Nisut"), is recognized by the Kemetic Orthodox as the incarnation of the kingly ka: the invested spirit of the god Heru and the Kemetic concept of royalty incarnate in its Nisutiu. Upon her first in Egypt in 1996 and renewed in 2006 and 2016 per tradition, Rev. Tamara received Kemetic names charging Her with spiritual responsibility for, and setting the course of, Her mission within Kemetic Orthodoxy. Previous to 1996, Rev. Tamara acted as our founder and chief priest, without the additional responsibilities of Nisut, but She went to Egypt that autumn to take on the coronation and its requirements at the gods' request.
We do not believe (or teach) that Rev. Tamara is a goddess, nor is anyone in Kemetic Orthodoxy required to worship Her. She was born a human being and continues to be a human being. However, we respect and revere Her as our founder, spiritual leader, and sovereign, just as people in other religions and monarchic countries may respect and reverence their spiritual leaders and/or heads of state. We recognize that Her establishment on the ancient throne was made according to ancient traditions, and we believe that She is the current living possessor of Heru's kingly ka.