According to the Encyclopedia Perthensis or Universal Dictionary of Knowledge a book which collected from every source and intended to supersede the use of all other English language books of reference, states that the Greeks used the word necromancy to refer to the practices of Egypt, or Kemet to be more exact.
But what exactly did the earlier Greek mean or did Origen mean by necromancy? Today the word suggests "black" magic or "black" art, in which amazing results are achieved through the agency of evil spirits. Western dichotomous thinking has even created a "white" magic, which achieves positive results by way of benevolent spirits. Necromancy has come to mean in a more general sense black magic or witchcraft. Even the Afrikans in Haiti’s practice of Voodoo, derived from the Fon Vodun, Westerners have associated with modern black magic. However, while using “curses” may be accepted black magic practices, and some people are attracted to Voodoo for this reason, but the latter has a much greater role in offering prophecy and cures of illnesses. Besides, it has its own distinct history and traditions that have little to do with the traditions of modern witchcraft and black magic that developed in Europe and more recently practiced by the likes of Gerald Gardner and Aleister Crowley. The influence of popular culture has allowed other practices to be drawn in under the broad banner of "black magic" as well. Such as concepts like “Satanism.” While the invocation of demons or spirits is an accepted part of black magic, this practice is distinct from the worship or deification of the spiritual forces practiced especially in traditional Afrikan spirituality.
However, when the earliest Greeks used the word, it actually referred to communicating with the deceased, usually by summoning their spirit, but sometimes by seeking to raise them bodily. In either case the objective for doing such was the same – to foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge. The practice of necromancy presupposes belief in the survival of the soul after death, the possession of a superior knowledge by the disembodied spirit, and the possibility of communication between the living and the dead. In other words, necromancy was a form of divination designed to receive information from the ancestors!!! Now its Kemet or Afrikan roots become obvious.
One of the points I made in my book Distorted Truths concerned the way Kemetic ancestor veneration is presented. The language of Egyptology confuses the relationship between Kemet and other Afrikan societies. For example, Budge a leading Egyptologist had this to say: “The evidence of the inscriptions shows that the Egyptians in general did not cultivate pride of family and the perpetuation of family names, and the prominent man of each generation seem to have been content to proclaim his own exploits and merits, and to allow those of his ancestors to fall into oblivion. Only here and there is an instance found in the texts in which a man refers with pride to the generation of his ancestors.” This is ridiculous nonsense. All one has to do is replace the word “dead” with the word “ancestor” and a genuine picture emerges. The fact Egyptologists never equate the importance the Kemeyu placed on the afterlife with the Afrikan tradition of ancestor veneration is deliberate. It is simply another means of separating Kemet from the rest of Afrika.
Moreover, the fact that the meaning of necromancy is negative today is nothing but a continuation of the degradation of anything Afrikan or Black. This degradation falls into the same anti-Afrikanism we find in the Bible in particular, and that characterizes Western scholarship in general, and serves to buttress white supremacy. Understood as nigromancy (niger, black), which is the Italian, Spanish and old French form, the term necromancy is, of course, the art of speaking with the ancestors for the purposes of divination. If you were to replace the word dead with ancestors in all of the references to necromancy, most of the sentences would read similarly to the following: Necromancy is a special mode of divination by the evocation of the ancestors.
The word negro is Spanish for the color black. The Spanish language comes from Latin, which has its origins in Classical Greek. The word negro, in Greek, is derived from the root word necro, meaning dead. When the Greeks first traveled to Africa 2,500 years ago, the Kemeyu, like other Africans, understood that the ancestral soul survived beyond the grave. Ancestral veneration was a way of acknowledging the lives of the people who have come before you, and their ability to offer guidance and direction to the living. The Kemeyu had temples and holy days (holidays) to worship their ancestors. To the Greeks, the Kemeyu seemed preoccupation with death; consequently, the act of ancestral veneration became known as necromancy or communication with the dead. The root word necro, meaning dead, in time would comes to mean dark or black, both words also associated with death among Europeans. Necro, gives us negro, gives us black.
So once again we see an Afrikan sacred practice being degraded and distorted by Westerners. Necromancy, today an evil black magic or form of witchcraft but in its original meaning, it was sacred to Afrikan people. It continues to be practiced as part of various Afrikan traditions, such as the Egungun (Yoruba), the Damas (Dogon), the Nsamanfo (Akan), Amadlozi (Zulu), etc. Necromancy was a means for the living to pay homage to those that came before them; to those that were responsible for their very existence; to remember and honor them. But there was an even deeper reason for ancestral veneration.
Afrikans consciously venerate and welcome those persons who were exemplars of society’s values to come back into the lineage. The lineage wants to reduce their “bad characters” and in this sense, funerary rites provide for a type of “spiritual eugenics.” Remember that not all the dead become ancestors. The West holds many misconceptions about traditional societies and one is that they are static. It is not that Afrikan societies are static; Afrikan societies are structured more for subtle change rather than radical extreme changes. Afrikan society is constantly replenishing its ancestors. As elders/ancestors pass from one world to the next, and back again (as the reincarnated ancestral soul), they carry their experiences. When they return to the physical realm via their grandchildren, they undoubtedly bring their experiences into the present; Usually, in the Afrikan conception, an ancestor returns as but one aspect/soul of the multiple souls a person possesses. (Through divination it is determined which ancestor has returned.) As the “reborn” ancestor’s life force influences the person it has “incarnated,” its experiences are not so far removed from the present, as it is just two generations removed from it.
Therefore, change occurs through this process. In this subtle fashion, the past influences the present and things change from generation to generation. When change occurs in this way, society accepts it as the will of the ancestors who have come back (and of course the Supreme Being). Afrikans look forward to having children because this provides a means by which the ancestors can return. Likewise, parents want their children to have offspring to provide the path for them to return as ancestors. While in the spirit realm, the ancestors also fortify their family by giving advice, blessings, and guidance, ensuring that when they do return, they come back to a more prosperous family. The ancestors want to return to a world that was more prosperous than the one they left. Therefore in was in the interest of the ancestors to help make a better world for the living and for themselves, who would return via the newly born. Thus, ancestor veneration was a reciprocal process whereby by ancestors were respected and remain high in the hierarchy of society; their descendants benefited from the advise and counsel they received; and society experienced an evolutionary change, as it replenished itself by bringing back its exemplary “souls,” and adapted to societal changes. This was magical—That Old Black Magic!!!—Ancestor Veneration. Bring it back!!!
P.S. If anything the "black" in black magic, rather than refer to evil, it could possibly refers to the people--the Greeks used it to refer to the magic of those Blacks folks in Kemet. (LOL!)