Malawi is a beautiful land rich in ancient history and tales about spiritual beings (mizimu) which were close to chosen women who were given the gift of ancient African prophecy (ulosi wakale).
This blog attempts to update an oral story told by some Sapitwa healers in Mulanje of a time many centuries ago before floods when creation began on a mound by spirits which they say existed way before that.
It comes at a time some women of Sapitwa are monitoring the movements of meteorites and asteroid which they call (nyenyezi) as they claim to have somehow seen some heading for earth. For centuries meteorites and asteroids have been studied.
Once again, this blog is not endorsing this oral story and names used here are not the same ones used in other ancient Malawi stories.
This is an update of a myth and ‘bush’ science told to this blog:
Beyond the concept of time, there was a kingdom existing of winged spirits (mizimu) with the Hidden One in the Universe according to an ancient Malawi oral tale told by a Sapitwa healer.
The Hidden One also has another name this blog is not allowed to reveal but it’s a word ancient priests and priestesses (responsible for nsembe) would use when sending their “African prayers” or “requests” to the Creator through the 4 winds while using incense.
In their ancient beliefs, the winds carried sounds and words straight up to the One they worshipped and for those who weren’t of royal blood, they would go through winged spirits (mizimu) whom some researchers refer to as “gods” or “goddesses” to send requests to the spirit world.
Others would go through their ancestral spirits (mizimu yamakolo) believing that the mizimu always went through their bloodline so in the case of ancient kings those spirits were believed to only go through their descendants.
Now in ancient times a king was also like a priest or traditional healer who are today known as asing’anga or nganga and they had rituals for communicating with their Creator and the spirit world.
Out of those kings some were believed to be like reincarnated spirits (mizimu) in that the spirit of a “god” or “goddess” would be born as a human being hence the sing’anga saying “mwana wa munthu” to mean a child born of a human being.
One such king was Kuponda (stepped on) who some healers here call “Kema” which sounds like “Kerma”.
In their belief system many “children spirits” existed in the spirit world to symbolize innocence and a person who does not know charms or magic. That is why when a healer calls a person “mwana” that means they have not gone through kukhwima rituals to make them magically strong.
If one chats with some Sapitwa healers they will also notice how they’re convinced that this world we know today was created by a spirit called Tomasi Bona (Atom) through an explosion after a believed meteorite they call nyenyezi (star) crashed on a certain land in Malawi.
The area is on private property and is a bush and a cater is believed to be somewhere there but this blog has not investigated and is not sure if the word “cater” is the right term to describe what they said.
They also claimed a lot of gold and precious stones exist there but not to be mined but somehow “given” the way some ancient kings were said to have gotten theirs.
In fact such ancient kings are believed to have said that they got their gold from a mizimu or the Creator.
Online a meteor described as “a bright streak of light in the sky (a “shooting star” or a “falling star”), produced by the entry of a small meteoroid into the Earth’s atmosphere.
“Meteorites are bits of the solar system that have fallen to the Earth. Most come from asteroids, including few are believed to have come specifically from 4 Vesta; a few probably come from comets. A small number of meteorites have been shown to be of Lunar (23 finds) or Martian (22) origin,” further reads an Internet source.
So the Tomasi Bona meteorite or asteroid is believed to have fallen in the EAST which is Mulanje. Other names given to this spirit are Napolo, Mbewula as in run away so fast or get away from me and Robert.
Other meteorites or asteroids included the nameless one of the NORTH falling in Kumbasa, Tagoneka Mbona falling in Dima or Midima and Chinsinsi Sungamwana (ChInSInSi sounds like Isis) in the SOUTH which is South Africa but this blog is not sure about the crater or the presence of gold there.
There was also Mbona Ostiriza (sound like Osiris) as in the last one with the word “Mbona” or “M’bona” meaning a Seer like in to see – ona.
According to this blog’s Sapitwa mythology, in the beginning there was a world of spirits for an unknown time maybe millions of years including the winged ones which have never been human and those who went on to occupy other “worlds” including earth.
On earth the spirit (mizimu) said to have existed in the beginning was Tomasi Bona (atom) or a word which sounds like atomic mass.
He’s said to have originated elsewhere into a primordial mound/anthill as electrical energy with water bodies below since in the beginning they believed there was water and spirits which lived in water because for them termite mounds are a good indicator of ground water.
From there he is said to have exploded like lightning into other spirits in twos and this lightning was throughout the new created world.
Under the M’manga mudzi anthill tree or mound there was said to be several water bodies which healers refer to as Nyanja and inside that mound the Tomasi Bona spirit is believed to look like an elderly man (munthu) who evolved from a serpent spirit in oral tales.
The Primordial Mound locally known as the M’manga Mudzi anthill tree (chulu) somewhere in a remote village of Malawi stands out in the bush with three distinct trees growing out of it, mainly mpolowoni, m’manga mudzi, and msamba mwana.
Now mpolowoni is the main tree and udindo (responsibility of ancient Malawi’s first winged spirit called Tomasi Bona (atom). M’manga mudzi is the one used for kusilika grounds before some sacred dances by digging it into the dirt they say while msamba mwana is used during childbirth.
According to a plant expert, mpolowoni in English is known as the Steganotaenia Araliacea tree and its family name is Umbelliferae.
A female healer in the village in Mulanje says mpolowoni is some kind of “bush” science.
“Chochepa chimakulitsidwa ndi kuima pamwamba anthu apansi azafuula ngati mphambe mpolowoni,” she explains.
In a nutshell it means a small thing is made big by standing on top and the people (anthu but mizimu like in spirits) below will shout like thunder mpolowani which is like lightning.
The above Chichewa saying also briefly means “as above so below.”
Some of our ancestors believed that mpolowani is like lightning in a zigzag from above to hit the ground like “fire” with positive and negative charges hence their “primitive” beliefs that mizimu (spirits) operate or appear with lightning.
So the priestess would symbolically hold the mpolowani upward while the other hand was pointing downwards. This position might be global as it is evident in some painting and statues throughout the world.
Now the ancestors claimed that before Mbona, one of the mythical 7 winged spirits of ancient Malawi appeared there would be a white bright light that would blind the eyes and by the time one opened them they would see him.
Now within the mythical 7 mizimu (spirits) of ancient Malawi were the mythical 4 winds of Sapitwa (mphepo zinayi) and Mount Mulanje among others which were a positive charge (+). The first 4 positive charges were:
1.Tomasi Bona (atom, world in his hands, feast) of the North Wind
- Tagoneka Mbona (we’ve put to sleep Mbona, see) of the West Wind
- Chandiona Goneka (it’s seen me put to sleep) of the South Wind
- Nthanda mwana wa mwezi, Nandi (Sirius, child of the moon)
And the 3 negative charges (-) pulling with the 4 to make light were:
- Sungamwana (keep the child)
- Dziwe Ntambamwana (magic pool)
- Ife Zonse ( all of us)
All these are today drawn by some healers using ufa woyera (refined white maize flour) or mapira like in sorghum at a right angle. So from this one can do the math to calculate something similar to:
“I am One that transforms
I am Two that transforms
I am Four that transforms
After this I am One,” about ancient Egypt’s Atum.
The simple maths these uneducated village women calculated involve Tomasi Bona (atom) as the mythical one winged spirit (mizimu) below in the mount splitting into 2 to make 4 which includes the one spirit from above and then splitting into another 2 to make 6 and finally another 2 to make a total of 8 with 1 above and 7 below.
For them mizimu (spirits) always split into or form into twos like pigeons (nkhunda) whom they claim are always born in twos with a male and female creating an opposite charge of positive and negative with One and Two being the important numbers of ancient Malawi’s Tomasi Bona.
This blog is investigating to see if ancient Malawi’s “bush” science is similar to the equation E=MC2 first demonstrated on paper by Albert Einstein in 1905 which proved how much energy is locked up in matter.
“The nucleus of any atom is an oven of intense radiation, and when you open the oven door, that energy spills out; often times violently,” further reads http://www.davidreneke.com/a-fun-way-of-understanding-emc2/#