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Ancient Malawi’s Tomasi Bona (Atom) “spirit” projected himself into 4 including Pikinini Langwani

This blog will now be repeating oral stories about “Kuba” which some Sapitwa healers insist is Mt Namuli in Mozambique but this blog is not endorsing the beliefs but just trying to capture some never ever told before oral stories from the days before the borders of our countries were created.

M'manga Mudzi, Mpolowoni anthill tree/mound in Malawi
M’manga Mudzi, Mpolowoni anthill tree/mound in Malawi

A spirit (mizimu) from the “heavens” above suddenly enters the M’manga Mudzi anthill mpolowoni tree which suddenly explodes with lightning throughout that world to begin a creation is an ancient oral story told to this blog by a Sapitwa healer.

It’s through this lightning in a termite mound where the other mythical 6 spirits with Tomasi Bona (Atom) as the 7th came into being. These were different from Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe (God) whom the ancestors believed was up above and beyond the sun and not on earth.

Tomasi Bona’s name means something like the whole world in his hands and feast drawn with a circle and cross which in English would probably be the equivalent of “All and Nothing”.

The other 6 spirits with Tomasi Bona of the North Wind as the seventh are the 4 positive male charges of Tagoneka Mbona of the West Wind, Chandiona Goneka of the South Wind, Nthanda mwana wa mwezi of the East (Sirius, child of the moon) and the three negative female charges of Sungamwana (keep the child) and Dziwe Ntambamwana (witchcraft pool) and Ife Zonse (All of us).

Representing 4 winds of Sapitwa (mphepo zinayi) of North, South, West and East
Representing 4 winds of Sapitwa (mphepo zinayi) of North, South, West and East

The 4 winged spirits and three winged ones are drawn like an African cross to mean the 4 winds (mphepo zinayi) and in the middle is an upright spirit serpent for healing to draw some kind of a right triangle.

The African cross also represented a star called Nthanda yaku m’mawa by Sapitwa healers which is the star from the east although another definition is morning star but theirs is Sirius.

For the ancient healers of Malawi, this star was the same shape as their “primitive” African cross of the 4 winds of North, South, West and East and they played on this by associating all from the East as being from Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe (God).

The 4 winds of Sapitwa cross is also drawn with 4 hidden right triangles to represent the four mythical winged spirits out of 7 spirits with the 3 forming a triangle within it and an upright serpent spirit in the middle to represent royalty just like in other beliefs on the continent.

Isosceles right triangle online resembling healers “primitive” cross with right triangles
Isosceles right triangle online resembling healers “primitive” cross with right triangles

These healers believe in a Creator of this Universe they call Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe etc and they claim 4 male spiritual beings with a positive charge and 3 female spiritual beings with a negative charge to make a total of 7 pull each other to create Light including lightning.

According to this blog’s own Sapitwa mythology, in the beginning there was a world of spirits in water and elsewhere 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.

Ancestors unlike today believed that in the beginning there was water and in the water there were spirits  but not ancestral ones
Ancestors unlike today believed that in the beginning there was water and in the water there were spirits but not ancestral ones

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.

Rameron Pigeons, Chelinda (Nyika Plateau) not connected to this story taken from
Rameron Pigeons, Chelinda (Nyika Plateau) not connected to this story taken from

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.

Now this Tomasi Bona is said to have 4 heads (mutu) from which he projected himself from the One. These include Pikinini Langwani which healers translate as child and giant and Biton.  This blog will not reveal the other 2 female names for now until it has finished researching this latest information.

Mpolowoni (Steganotaenia Araliacea tree) photo taken from
Mpolowoni (Steganotaenia Araliacea tree) photo taken from

According to the oral tales, this projection was always in 2s with a man and a woman just like pigeons (nkhunda) come in 2s claim healers.

Now from those 4 heads are 3 others said to be at Machemba on Mulanje Mountain and these are Khumbi, Nthipe and Mpingo.

Rural Mulanje is also home to other tales about a mysterious Nthipe river which flows from Sapitwa, the highest peak to Dziwe la Nkhalamba. Nthipe is also a bird called Cormorant.

In fact bird experts say the word Nthipe refers to the White Breasted Cormorant, the Reed Cormorant and the African Darter.

White-breasted Cormorant (Nthipe) from
White-breasted Cormorant (Nthipe) from

Now in ancient Malawi myths tales, this river was the place where the soul was supposedly transported to the underworld which had two directions…one to the right which symbolized those from the east and those from the darkness which symbolized all those from the west.

In these “primitive” beliefs the soul would go through Sapitwa and a process involving a map through the rumoured underworld there and Nthipe was like “Two Face”.

In ancient “Egypt” beliefs the Netcher referred to as “Turn Face” prepared “to transport the soul of the deceased across a river through the underworld”, while the Greeks had a “fiesty boatman named Charon whose job was to transport souls across the river in the underworld”, further reads a book this blog has seen.

However with the coming in of mainstream religions most Malawians don’t believe that and are known to be God-fearing so the myths and tales remain forever a part of our ancient history.

However for a few villagers in Mulanje, they still believe such myths and talk of the souls going through a river or stream on the mountain before it gets to the east in the astral realm of Sapitwa or the west which is a mountain in another nearby country nicknamed “Kuba.”

Is “Kuba” really Mozambique’s ‘Lost Mountain’ as some female healers claim?

Mt Namuli photo taken from

Now the main spirit of “Kuba” which is actually Mt Namuli in Mozambique is said to be Pikinini Langwani but this blog would appreciate if Mozambican owners of that culture clarify or correct this.

There is also another rock known as “Makatana” which this blog is trying to figure out its location as offerings (nsembe) of snuff (fodya) are said to have been made there.

There are also 3 other sacred places in Zimbabwe some healers talk about including Mt Inyangani or Mt Nyangani where something happened to a very cruel foreigner some centuries ago who was accused of trying to “steal secrets”.

Now in a similar belief which is in ancient Egypt (Kemet) literature captured in a book about the Nile Valley, the world was said to have been created by the Ennead, a group of 9 Netcherw.  The Netcher Atum (Atom) whose name means ” All and Nothing”, projected himself into cosmic existence and then produced from his body four complementary pair of Netcherwy.  They were:

1.  Shu (Air)

2.  Tefnut (Moisture)

3.  Geb (Earth)

4.  Nut (Sky)

These four were said to have given birth to four other Netcherwy  which were:

5.  Ausar (the Principle of Omnipotence)

6. Aset (Female Complement of Ausar)

7. Set (Principle of Opposition)

8. Nebt-Het (Female Complement of Set)

“This process of halving is the basis of Nile Valley mathematics and the contemporary biological science which is associated with the process of cellular division called mitosis expressed through the ancient text”:

Mitosis divides the chromosomes in a cell nucleus. Photo from
Mitosis divides the chromosomes in a cell nucleus. Photo from

“I am One that transforms into Two

I am Two that transforms into Four

I am Four that transforms into Eight

After this I am One.”

Ironically in the ancient Malawi oral story told by a female healer, Tomasi Bona produced twos of spirits like pigeons which again they say come in twos.

This blog has also seen a 10 month Sapitwa calendar which begins with March as the first month and only has 10 months. January and February are missing!

Some online sources describe March in other calendars as being a “division of the calendar based on the phases of the moon.”

This is also a typical Sapitwa teaching where their month begins in March and they use the word “dula” like in kudula, to cut to mean divide in the same way one would do when they say they’ve missed their menstrual cycle which is connected to the moon.

They say by the time one says that, there’s already a being and that means women might be carrying babies longer than the 9 months..

It also had the word NGANGA on top although in Malawi the word sing’anga is more familiar to define a traditional healer.

“In the Kingdom of Kongo the term “nganga” was the name for a person who possessed the skill to communicate with the Other World, as well as divining the cause of illness, misfortune and social stress and preparing measures to address them, often by supernatural means but sometimes natural medicine as well,” partly reads the unofficial Wikipedia on

If that is the system they use, then this blog is struggling to figure out what year it would be for them by removing two months for every year and that’s a lot of maths.

Nganga mask, from the collection of the Brooklyn Museum "This mask was worn by a Yombe nganga, or ritual expert. Its white color probably represents the spirit of a deceased person. White was also associated with justice, order, truth, invulnerability, and insight—all virtues associated with the nganga" -
Nganga mask, from the collection of the Brooklyn Museum taken from: