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Seba (Sba), or saba, is the ancient African word for teacher and may be the etymological source of the word philosopher (philos + lover of + sophe + wisdom). It is believed that the Greek term Sophia is derived from the ancient Egyptian Sba. In Kemet, there exists complete description of what a seba does and values. Seba, like most Kemetic words, is polysémie, meaning that it carries other meanings and associations as well. Nonetheless, seba is the moral teacher or philosopher, the one who contemplates the deeper meaning and morality of things, and one who teaches through instruction and exemplary practice. The seba is the scribe, intellectual activist, and priest, the record keeper and adviser. Some early seba include Imhotep (circa 2700 BC), the ...

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