Tamara Siuda

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Nisut-Bityt, Nisut and Pharaoh[1][2][1][3][4]
Tamara L. Siuda
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Tamara L. Siuda
Religion Kemetic Orthodoxy
Temple House of Netjer
Nationality United States
Born (1969-07-19)July 19, 1969[5]
New Buffalo, MI
Senior posting
Based in Portland, OR
Title Nisut
Period in office 1996–present[1]
Predecessor N/A
Religious career
Profession Nisut, Coptologist

Tamara L. Siuda (born 1969)[5] is an American author, Egyptologist,[6] and Coptologist.[7] She is the founder and current spiritual leader of Kemetic Orthodoxy and the House of Netjer Temple.[2] She maintains a blog under the name Mambo Chita Tann (Mambo T), where she writes about Haitian Vodou.[8]


In 1998, she enrolled in the Egyptology program at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, obtaining a master's degree in Egyptology with a concentration in ancient Egyptian Philology in August 2000.[9] She earned a second master's degree in December 2007 through the Coptic Studies program at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, and is currently completing a doctorate in Coptic Studies in the School of Religion at Claremont Graduate University.[10]

Involvement with Kemetic Orthodoxy[edit]

Siuda's involvement with the Kemetic religion began in 1989, when she founded Kemetic Orthodoxy in her college dorm room.[11] She reports that she had previously had an experience during a Wiccan initiation ritual in which she was called by the ancient Egyptian deities to their worship. After that experience, she left Wicca, and began study and worship in ancient Egyptian religion with friends and students.[12] In 1993, this group of people had grown substantially, and gained legal recognition in the state of Illinois as the House of Netjer Kemetic Orthodox Temple. In 1999, the House of Netjer, and Kemetic Orthodoxy, was granted nonprofit 501(c)(3) status by the federal government.[9]

In October 1996, having received, according to her testimony, divine approval via oracles and ritual, Siuda traveled to Egypt and claims to have undergone coronation rituals to assume the religious title of Nisut, or Pharaoh.[9][2] In this capacity, she is considered by her followers to be the vicar of a divine spirit,[13] and is recognised by her followers to be the current incarnation of the kingly ka, or invested spirit of the Egyptian god Horus.[2] As Nisut, Siuda provides spiritual guidance and leadership to the members of Kemetic Orthodoxy.



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