Malawi is a beautiful land and country 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 the only Sapitwa priestess in Mulanje of a time many centuries ago before floods when creation began on a mound by spirits which she says 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.
Although some Malawi officials have reportedly rebuffed a Sapitwa priestess and this blog after some researchers and tourists queried Sapitwa Myths and Tales captured here and the ancient roles of Makewana and Mang’adzi in Malawi’s history, this blog will continue telling her story and those of the many voiceless elderly women of Malawi who have been silenced for a long time.
This is yet another 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 priestess who continues to tell oral stories without fear or favour.
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 whom some called Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe (God) and the spirit world.
The current unknown Sapitwa priestess (responsible for nsembe) keeps talking about an ancient land of triangular graves called Kema which she says was an ancient land of asing’anga (nganga healers) wozama (experts).
According to Mayi Emma Medisini, in ancient times there were the Nganga responsible for nsembe hence her being a priestess in English but not able to function in the way her ancestors did since most ancient Malawi shrines (kachisi) were destroyed.
She told this blog that the term “sing’anga weniweni” (real traditional healer or priesthood) included those who had a nsengwa small basket and a mibawa staff when doing their “sacred” oracles.
Now some South African online researchers talk of Sudan origins because of a Zuma village and burial ground “several kilometres downstream from Jebel Barkal in what is now Sudan which lies about 10 kilometres south of El-Kurru, in the Napatan Region, on the right side of the Nile”.
This blog asks what the meaning of Zuma is and if it is similar to wozama or ozama as in experts in things?
This blog asks because it’s very important to connect ancient kings to those who might be descendants and the descendants must acknowledge that connection so that there are facts and not only similarities in words.
Has anyone using the “Zuma” name claimed to be a descendant of kings or those living in Sudan today?
However Medisini told this blog that one ancient Malawi king (name withheld for now) was from “Kema” which sounds like “Kerma” in Sudan.
Various online sources state that the pre-Kerma society, named after “the area of Kerma in the Dongola Reach, forms one of the oldest civilized cultures in the world beside that of Egypt and Mesopotamia.”
According to the British Museum website, the ancient town of Kerma, located a little upstream of the Third Cataract, was occupied continuously from about 2500 to 1500 BC, and was one of the earliest urbanized communities in tropical Africa.
“The local economy was based on agriculture and animal husbandry, but it is likely that the special importance of the rulers of the area developed because of their ability to control the important north-south trade on the Nile. There is little doubt that Kerma was the capital of the kingdom of Kush, which features prominently in the records of the Eighteenth Dynasty (about 1550-1295 BC).
“The site has been (and continues to be) extensively excavated. The most prominent landmark is a massive mud-brick structure known as the ‘Western Defuffa’, which was probably the main religious building at Kerma. Around this structure were grouped workshops, public buildings and houses. These buildings ranged from simple huts to houses with two or three rooms and a walled courtyard with animal pens and granaries.
“Extensive cemeteries have been located at Kerma and other sites in Kush. The richest graves uncovered were those of the last rulers of Kush of the seventeenth and sixteenth centuries BC. These took the form of large tumuli, with the main burial on a bed in a small chamber beneath the mound,” further reads http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/highlights/articles/k/kerma_sudan.aspx
Some elders in ancient Malawi had their own M’manga Mudzi termite mound which was a tomb among other things and a “home” for the Tomasi Bona (Atom) spirit of the North wind and the Sapitwa version of Mbona of the West wind.
They believed some kings were 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 of a human being.
In fact such ancient kings are believed to have said that they got their gold from a mizimu or the Creator.
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.
So the Tomasi Bona meteorite or asteroid which created a crater somewhere 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 when landslides and floods happen and Robert which some online sources claim is Azriel in Hebrew but this blog does not know why the spirit also has an English name..
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 since ancestors claimed such falling stars brought gold.
There was also Mbona Ostiriza (sounds like Osiris) as in the last one with the word “Mbona” or “M’bona” meaning a Seer like in to see – ona.