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Of ancient Malawi’s Inferno lust demon….Nkhuni (Firewood)

2nd Circle - Lust in Dan Brown's Inferno http://www.creativeuncut.com/gallery-13/di-2nd-circle-lust.html
2nd Circle – Lust in Dan Brown’s Inferno not connected to this blog post
http://www.creativeuncut.com/gallery-13/di-2nd-circle-lust.html

She stands with a rock of fire in her left hand to symbolize chigololo (adultery) as a metaphor for lust and not the actual fire used for cooking.

Her name is Nkhuni an ancient mythical demon of ancient Malawi who comes with the fire connected to sexual acts done in secret and in the bush.

In ancient times she was connected to the Machemba hill part of Mulanje Mountain massif but the mythical ancient part in such tales.

Online photo: closeup-of-burning-red-fire-wood-on-black-background.jpg
Online photo: closeup-of-burning-red-fire-wood-on-black-background.jpg

This blog has always been curious to know why adultery or intimacy outside marriage is connected to a bush like ukwati waku thengo, mimba yaku thengo.

In the Chichewa language the word Tengo means a Bush just like Tchire and others hence mimba yapa tchire.

It’s also interesting to note that the bush where many adulterous (chigololo) took place was also referred to as “Wanda” as the process one levels the bush when looking for firewood and also when preparing to be intimate.

The Chinyanja word Wanda is also appearing in the below link of late Father Jan Vermeullen of Missionaries of Africa where Wanda is defined as (1) to lay flat, make level, as levelling grass when walking. (2) to spread everywhere.

http://www.fenza.org/docs/various/vermeullen_chewa_dictionary.pdf

According to online sources firewood remains the dominant source of both domestic and commercial energy requirements for Africa’s rural populations.

“It is used for food preparation, beer brewing, tobacco curing and meat smoking as well as heating and lighting in rural households. Substantial increases in human and bovine populations as well as decreasing forest areas have led to fuelwood shortages being reported in many countries.

“In Malawi, fuelwood shortages reportedly reached crisis levels as early as 1975 (McCall and Scutch, 1987),” partly reads http://www.joyhecht.net/mulanje/refs/Abbot-Lowore-IndigenousFirewood.pdf

After this blog revealed ancient Malawi’s 7 spirits of the earth and 7 of the universe, it’s now time to reveal one of three mythical ziwanda (demons) beginning with NKHUNI.

According to elders, adulterers who cheated on unsuspecting wives or husbands were demonic and under the fire of Nkhuni…not the fire for cooking but the fire of lust.

Online traditional stove photo not connected to this blog post
Online traditional stove photo not connected to this blog post

So those who committed adultery in the dark so that their spouses don’t know were believed to be possessed by demons as in ziwanda and this does not apply to couples on separation or those practicing polygamy as the ancestors.

Now this demon of the north worked with a hidden one of the south and a male Kumbani Ndituluke of the West meaning “Dig I should come out”.

And this blog repeats an earlier story about a professional ‘God-fearing’ Malawian woman happily married to the man of her dreams has one dark secret which she cleverly keeps hidden from prying eyes.

She’s taken many young men to bed and openly committed adultery whenever her faithful husband treks out of town because the lust within her is unbearable and enough to betray the love she has for the husband she married in church.

This scenario is different from abused wives neglected by husbands who seek comfort and love elsewhere because of empty and loveless marriages.

Now the jealous woman who deliberately cheats on a loving husband is also a known liar and gossiper who sleeps her way around and destroys innocent people whom she envies because they’re either better than her in some skills or prettier.

She also uses magic charms like kwakwananda [monitor lizard] love charms to keep her husband and to attract many other men she constantly strips naked for even on her marriage bed.

Young men are usually encouraged to run away so fast from such women as they are believed to be possessed by the Dziwe Ntambamwana red female demon which will eventually destroy them and the women involved by taking them down the destructive path of Satan.

Now the Dziwe Ntambamwana one is this tale is Nkhuni.

Internet photo of Love versus Lust
Internet photo of Love versus Lust

Men who cheat and openly commit adultery and make their wives suffer are also believed to be possessed by the same female demon and viewed as un-masculine because in ancient times “real men” took care of their extended families even when several wives were involved.

It’s not unusual to hear the term “sugar mummies” these days on top of “sugar daddies” who are usually married people who have sexual relations with younger people outside their marriages in exchange for money and a “comfortable life”.

However those who usually come under attack are single people or sex-workers who never took vows but stand accused of fornication among many things unlike some who hide behind marriage vows taken before God who remains Almighty.

For the older people who cheat sexual satisfaction and adventure is said to be the main culprit.  However many traditional healers attribute such lust and negative behavior to Satan or what those who read the Bible claim is a “Jezebel like spirit”.

In ancient Malawi polygamy and not adultery was openly practiced in which wives and families knew each other and not the modern day scenario were secret lovers are hidden and not known say Sapitwa healers.

They also reveal how many healers who use nyanga (horn) rituals in so-called get rich business schemes prescribe criminal incest and sexual intercourse as part of their evil recipe to get the demons into the person requesting.

That is why shocking and criminal things like telling a person to sleep with one’s parent or child like an animal have been happening quietly for many years.

Temptress of lust online photo taken from http://www.popscreen.com/v/716Gs/Dantes-InfernoTemptress-of-Lust
Temptress of lust online photo taken from http://www.popscreen.com/v/716Gs/Dantes-InfernoTemptress-of-Lust

Such nyanga healers don’t hide that they source their powers from Satan.  It’s not the purpose of this blog to dig and research the dark secrets of Satan but just to only repeat a little part of oral stories that sexual intercourse with many partners is the ancient Malawi definition of Satanism because it also spiritually involves blood.

When asked what is the way forward, healers agreed with religious figures that it is best and safer for one to be faithful in a marriage and not have sex outside marriage to avoid the risk of attracting demons.

Healers also commend sex-workers for being open and not hypocritical by openly stating they make money from sex as a job and try to protect themselves and clients during the act unlike some married couples who secretly behave like sex-workers in hidden dark corners but pretend to be holy and pure in public.

It’s safer not to commit adultery and be faithful to one’s partner both sides of spiritual views seem to agree upon and advice counselling for couples who neglect their spouses.

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Did some of Malawi’s ancestors come from Kema as Kerma in Sudan or not?

M'manga Mudzi, Mpolowoni anthill tree/mound in Malawi believed to be the place where Mlauli buried Mbona - Sapitwa priestess
M’manga Mudzi, Mpolowoni anthill tree/mound in Malawi believed to be the place where Mlauli buried Mbona – Sapitwa priestess

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.

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

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”.

Kerma, Sudan, Meroe pyramids closer steps view http://worldalldetails.com/sightseeing/kerma_sudan_209821.jpg
Kerma, Sudan, Meroe pyramids closer steps view
http://worldalldetails.com/sightseeing/kerma_sudan_209821.jpg

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.

life“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.

“Black pharaohs” photo taken from https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3560/3486229737_670ee18807.jpg

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.

Mpolowoni (Steganotaenia Araliacea tree) photo taken from http://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/image-display.php?species_id=143340&image_id=8
Mpolowoni (Steganotaenia Araliacea tree) photo taken from http://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/image-display.php?species_id=143340&image_id=8

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.

Western side of Mulanje Mountain in Sunset, seen from Likubula Falls http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mulanje_Massif#mediaviewer/File:Mulanje_Mountain_western_side.JPG
Western side of Mulanje Mountain in Sunset, seen from Likubula Falls
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mulanje_Massif#mediaviewer/File:Mulanje_Mountain_western_side.JPG

Of ancient Malawi’s white Sapitwa rocks and oral tales & myths about them

An asteroid, designated 2004 BL86, will safely pass about three times the distance of Earth to the moon on January 26. From its reflected brightness, astronomers estimate that the asteroid is about a third of a mile (0.5 kilometers) in size. The flyby of 2004 BL86 will be the closest by any known space rock this large until asteroid 1999 AN10 flies past Earth in 2027.
An asteroid, designated 2004 BL86, will safely pass about three times the distance of Earth to the moon on January 26. From its reflected brightness, astronomers estimate that the asteroid is about a third of a mile (0.5 kilometers) in size. The flyby of 2004 BL86 will be the closest by any known space rock this large until asteroid 1999 AN10 flies past Earth in 2027.   Photo: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2910631/Look-Nasa-warns-January-26th-asteroid-Earth-s-closest-call-2027.html#ixzz3P6EOId7Y

This blog asks scientists if some asteroids are white and with sharp edges like a sword?  Why?  Because a Sapitwa priestess claims to have seen one in space yet she does not have the same instruments and tools like those in the West who spot these space rocks.

Instead she has oral stories and tales and what she refers to as oracles from Sapitwa which this blog is not endorsing but just repeating them as a messenger and voice for the voiceless.

A mythical entrance to the astral realm of Sapitwa in ancient oral stories is said to be a white hidden rock found at Dziwe la Nkhalamba and is the foundation of all the beliefs of ancient Sapitwa priestesses (nsembe).

They also claim the place was once known as a swimming pool for the elderly and those who saw an elderly man with white hair and wrinkles were said to be lucky and “blessed.” In ancient times clothes were also said to at times appear there on the rocks.

But it’s not know if this rock was formed part of particles from ancient asteroids that fell on earth.

Now a Sapitwa priestess claims a huge white rock with sharp edges has appeared and that is the reason why it’s not business as usual for them since they fled once spotting it.

According to them the white rock symbolizes fire just like a red mpolowani tree (the Steganotaenia Araliacea) growing somewhere in Mulanje. Red is also the colour of flames which is a nickname for Malawi.

Does the term "Malawi Flames" refer to the reddish orange flames of fire or something else? INTERNET PHOTO
Does the term “Malawi Flames” refer to the reddish orange flames of fire or something else?
INTERNET PHOTO

This rock also appears at a time when the name Maliya as in Malira (to cry) has been revealed.  The other names of this ancient spirit are Tapalia and Tapacha and she was believed to be very powerful and a mermaid which also appeared as a huge fish as big as a room.

Malira’s colour was blue as she was from water but her headgear was said to be white to symbolize all that is pure and the Afterlife.

Visiting rural areas in many parts of Malawi one is bound to hear all sorts of myths and tales about so-called magic which could compete with Harry Potter like fiction stories and Two ways to the mythical Afterlife.

Rural Mulanje is also home to other tales about a mysterious Nthipe or Ntipe river, apparently a name of a bird and river or stream that flows from Sapitwa, the highest peak to Dziwe la Nkhalamba.

But it is not known if the so-called Great Black Cormorant of the Northern Hemisphere is also found in Malawi.

Internet photo of White-breasted Cormorant
Internet photo of White-breasted Cormorant

However, several tour guides did not know this stream or river when asked and instead spoke of Chisepu and Rua. But Sapitwa healers insist the ancient name of a stream on the mountain is Nthipe which is a bird known in English as Cormorant.

Bird experts say the word Nthipe or Ntipe refers to the White Breasted Cormorant, the Reed Cormorant and the African Darter.

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.  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 in ancient history.

However, in many Asian and Middle Eastern countries white is the colour of death and in some Asian cultures white is also considered to be a colour which represents death.

When this blog uses the word “white” or “black” it’s not referring to races but only to different colours also used in paintings and other works of art.

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A Sapitwa rock which glows in the dark

White in ancient Malawi was also viewed as the colour of death because spirits (mizimu) were believed to appear as if they’re wearing white robes. In ancient Egypt white clothing reflected the white of mummification together.

“White also represented death in ancient Egypt, representing the lifeless desert that covered much of the country; black was held to be the colour of life, representing the mud-covered fertile lands created by the flooding of the Nile and giving the country its name (Kemet or “black land”) read various Internet sources.

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Does this ancient Egypt drawing represent the dead or the living?

Now there is a mythical Sapitwa rock which is blackish in colour with a bit of white showing.  When it faded to become white, it was considered to represent the afterworld of which the owner would eventually join.

On the other hand black Egypt was said to be the colour of the life-giving silt left by the Nileinundation, which led to the ancient name for the country Kemet meaning the “black land”.

The colour black was seen as symbolizing fertility, new life, and resurrection as seen through the yearly agricultural cycle and it also was the colour of Osiris, the “black one” and the “resurrected god of the dead” and “Dweller in the Funeral Mountain” according to various internet sources.

It’s also a fact that some religious men in several traditional religions have for centuries worn black clothing without being labeled negative names.  Some beliefs pointed at black scientifically being the absence of colour and showing one’s lack of concern for the dictates of fashion.

In ancient African spiritual beliefs, black was the colour for rain and hence a black cloth, black goat or black cattle were sent to various deities as a price for rain during droughts among other things.

Rain clouds appear black and in some ancient Malawian beliefs they believed in Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe (God) and went through royal spirits they believed to be close to the Creator when asking for rain among other things.

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Black clouds before it rains

In what many online sources and authors call the “Mbona cult” a black cloth was also used and said to “cover the bed in the hut of Mbona” in the books Animals and Ancestors by Brian Morris and Rivers of Blood: The Genesis of a Martyr Cult in Southern Malawi by J.M. Schoffeleers.

Travelling to Mulanje in the month of October or November along the Thyolo road one is bound to notice black clouds forming in the sky to indicate the beginning of the rainy season.

As the majestic Mulanje mountain appears in a distance, it’s Sapitwa peak appearing to beckoning chosen ones, one cannot help but notice what looks like clouds or fog surrounding it.

For some Mang’anja Sapitwa healers, the formation of black clouds are an indication the rains are near and they study the clouds to figure out where it’s raining and where it will rain next.

This is also done by studying the formation of black clouds on hill tops and activities in water bodies.  A specific black cloud which seems to glow with the sun is also believed to guide some healers to chosen places for what they call their spirits (mizimu).

The healers who tell myths that the astral realm of Sapitwa peak is home to ancestral spirits hence the dead claim to follow the greyish/black cloud to where their “royal spirit” takes them and stop where it stops.

Black for them is also the colour of their version of Mbona.  However, the official and accepted Mbona story by the valuable custodians of that culture is documented under Unesco’s Khulubvi and Associated Mbona Sacred Rain Shrines world heritage site.

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“Khulubvi sacred shrine is located in Nsanje District, in the lower Shire Valley in Southern Region of Malawi, It is an important spiritual place among the people of Mang’anja tribe. It is a place where the Mang’anja worship the spirit of Mbona.

“According to Mang’anja oral tradition, Mbona was a legendary figure with super human powers who lived in the area during the rise of the Lundu Kingdom. Mbona is said to have had magic powers of bringing rain, creating wells of water on sandy lands, creating forests where they did not exist and hiding from enemies by turning into other creatures such as guinea fowls.

“It is said that Mbona’s uncle Mlauli, who was also a magician envied his nephew and wanted to kill Mbona. Mlauli, however, failed to kill Mbona because he wished to die on his own by telling Mlauli and his enemies to cut his throat with a leaf of a reed after other weapons had failed to harm him.

This drawing of ancient Egypt's Osiris looks like the "dead" Photo from http://www.zubitravel.com/2013/07/the-crook-and-flail-pharaoh-symbols-in.html
This drawing of ancient Egypt’s Osiris looks like the “dead”
Photo from http://www.zubitravel.com/2013/07/the-crook-and-flail-pharaoh-symbols-in.html

“His head was cut and placed at Khulubvi sacred groove, where the shrine exists today. People who knew his magic works began coming to the place periodically to worship the spirit of Mbona. A traditional hut within Khulubvi natural thicket of approximately 100 square metres was constructed as a worshipping site,” further reads the Unesco cultural heritage website about Mbona.

Some ancestors believed Mbona was “gifted with powers from the heavens” and would invoke the rains during a drought using his two-edged knife/sword locally known as kandalanga to point to the north to provoke the four winds which consist of the north, south, west and east to form the ancient African cross used by some village “Mbona healers”.

For centuries such healers have believed that Mulanje Mountain and it’s Sapitwa Peak are a source of rain and rivers.

The unofficial online Wikipedia claims that “most affected by the ITCZ in the Mulanje Area, is the Mulanje Massif, because its unique position as a “mountain island”, rising up more than 2500 metres above the plains around. This setting is responsible for the Massifs’ role as a rain barrier that forces the clouds to come down in the form of rain.Image

“This becomes very visible if we take a look at the annual normal rainfalls, on and around the massif. On plateau level, at around 2000 metres above sea level, we annually experience more than 250 mm (100 inches) of rain, however, in the low plains around the foot of the Massif, the annual rainfalls, range around 40 inch.

“In the plains around the Mountain, it normally only rains in the rainy season, while it rains all year long, on plateau level. The rains are just more intense and frequent then in the dry season.

But, there are still differences in the amounts of rain, around the Massif. The south-west face of the Mountain, is the weather side around Likhubula Lichenya and Mulanje Boma, which experiences the highest amounts of rain, due to the south-east trades of the southern hemisphere, that drive the moist air from Zambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo into the Mulanje region. Therefore the North-west face of the Massif experiences lesser rains, as it is situated in the shadows of the high Peaks of the Massif,” further reads the unofficial Wikipedia.

The unofficial online encyclopedia also claims that “the elevation of the mountain is high enough for it to disturb upper level air flow and induce rain clouds to form around it, making it an important source of rain water at the head of almost every river that runs through this part of Malawi.”

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Leaves of ancient Sapitwa “Mpingo” tree

Scientifically it’s pretty well-known that most clouds are white, while rain clouds dark and black.

Of ancient Malawi’s 7 universe spirits led by the Hidden One nicknamed Njira (way, path)

Is that an Orb or dust spot on the left side of the M'manga Mudzi mound photo?
Is that an Orb or dust spot on the left side of the M’manga Mudzi mound photo?

Chochepa chimakulitsidwa ndi kuima pamwamba anthu apansi azafuula ngati mphambe mpolowoni which means SO ABOVE AS BELOW in a code name for the world of mizimu (spirits).

This blog after 18 years of amateur research finally has the names of the 14 mythical spirits of ancient Malawi with 7 above as in the Universe led by Munsandipeze ndine njira (don’t find me I’m the way) and 7 below as on Earth led by Tomasi Bona (Atom, feast).

In ancient Malawi Myths and Tales, the Universe existed in twos hence beliefs that every person has an unknown twin who is not biological.  This is also the main teaching of pigeons (nkhunda) which come in twos so go the oral stories.

Rameron Pigeons, Chelinda (Nyika Plateau) not connected to this story taken from http://www.gobirding.eu/Trips/Malawi5.php
Rameron Pigeons, Chelinda (Nyika Plateau) not connected to this story taken from http://www.gobirding.eu/Trips/Malawi5.php

For those who follow this amateur attempt at Sapitwa Mythology this blog will now reveal the 7 mythical spirits of ancient Malawi for the Universe led by Munsandipeze ndine njira (don’t find me I’m the way) which is a code name.

These names have NEVER EVER been revealed before and the few who know them will be surprised to see them listed here and they can be translated into some other languages.

SO ABOVE as in AIR and WIND is led by the Hidden One who is the way and path with that sentence having the ancient hidden SECRET (Chinsinsi) name used in rituals, festivals and the Afterlife.

This name for centuries has been connected to the HARVEST and the AFTERLIFE using a mythical path through water to get to the astral realm of some hills and mountains.

That path was however different from the one leading to the Universe which was believed to only have mizimu (spirits) and their Creator locally known as Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe (God).

And these spirits were given names by some ancestors of this land:

1.  Mikolo Njinjinji (African Sacred Ibis)

2. Kabadula Malawi known as Kaba

3. Saka (the Hunter)

4.Samba Manja (wash your hands) of the North

5. Kalipo (said when there’s food to be eaten which is provided by spirits)

6. Tandipeza (find me)

7. Munjira (in the path)

SO BELOW as in EARTH and WATER led by Tomasi Bona (Atom, feast) with the mythical 7 mizimu (spirits) of ancient Malawi and 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

2. Tagoneka Mbona (we’ve put to sleep Mbona, see) of the West Wind

3. Chandiona Goneka (it’s seen me put to sleep) of the South Wind

4. Nthanda mwana wa mwezi, Nandi (Sirius, child of the moon)

And the 3 negative charges (-) pulling with the 4 to make light were:

5. Chinsinsi Sungamwana (Secret, keep the child)

6. Dziwe Ntambamwana (magic pool)

7. Ife Zonse ( all of us)

An asteroid is believed to have fallen where Mulanje Mountain is millions of years ago and some healers insist that is how the life there came into being on earth through Tomasi Bona (Atom, feast) as an asteroid or comet (nyenyezi, mwala) exploding through a termite like mound to begin the spirit world BELOW on earth.

the African sacred Ibis known as Njinjinji. It's also in ancient Egyptian myths and tales and the photo is found on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_sacred_ibis
the African sacred Ibis known as Njinjinji. It’s also in ancient Egyptian myths and tales and the photo is found on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_sacred_ibis

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”.

Now this Tomasi Bona is said to have 4 heads (mutu) from which he projected himself from the One. These include Pikinini Langwani of “Kuba” (Mt Namuli) which healers translate as child and giant and Biton. This blog will still not reveal the other 2 female names so they remain hidden for now but they are both Nyangus.

From those 4 heads are 3 others said to be at Machemba on Mulanje Mountain and these are Khumbi, Nthipe and Mpingo. So there is Tomasi Bona as the Atom and One and his 4 children who are:

1. Pikini Langwani of the North like the direction where Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe (God)

2. Biton of the East to mean the star like Sirius

3. The Hidden woman Nyangu of the South to mean where water comes out

4. The Hidden female Nyangu spirit of the West to mean the darkness , black cloud and all that can’t see and all these four have stars in the Universe.

Shooting stars represented the journey of a king into the Afterlife when it fell West were the sun sets and the birth of a king when it fell East and stopped on the place where the new king would be born.

Such a star known as Nthanda mwana wa mwezi, Nandi (Sirius, child of the moon) to represent birth of a mortal being through a woman like ChInSInSi Sungamwana (Isis, the secret keep the child) would appear near the place like an ancient African cross to represent the 4 winds of Sapitwa (mphepo zinayi).

Internet Sirius photo not connected to this post but to show the African cross like shape when it shines
Internet Sirius photo not connected to this post but to show the African cross like shape when it shines

Now the ancestors of this land thousands of years things believed some mizimu (spirits) as in what Egyptologists or scholars call “gods” were kind of reincarnated in that the ancient spirits were born in women to become man.

Such beings of the spirit were believed to stay in the womb of a woman which represented Mother Earth for 8 months and then disappear and go under the Indian Ocean for 3 days before being born like a flood to represent the amniotic fluids. When ancient African priests and priestesses suspect such a birth of the mizimu “spirit” to give them mortal bodies they would warn people of the Napolo floods and earthquake that would come with them.

And that was Chinsinsi Sungamwana translated as “Isis Sungamwana” or Nyangu Sungamwana or Malira Tapalia known as the feared MALIYA.

When this spirit from the water met the ones from the North and united….floods were said to happen which are similar to online stories about the flooding of the Nile which was symbolic of something very important to the ancestors and it was only through a WOMAN where these mizimu (spirits) could be made MAN through birth.

Mother Earth and the Indian Ocean of her womb –  Photo borrowed from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Indian_Ocean-CIA_WFB_Map.png
Mother Earth and the Indian Ocean of her womb –
Photo borrowed from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Indian_Ocean-CIA_WFB_Map.png

Ancestors believed that certain asteroids/comets they call nyenyezi (falling or shooting stars) brought life and many other things to earth besides GOLD in areas where they “given” and fell.

So far the eyes of some “primitive” astronomers are on what some scientists and astronomers call Asteroid 101955 Bennu.  In September 2016, NASA is expected to launch “a very special mission with the target being the near-Earth asteroid 101955 Bennu.”

“The primary objective of the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, and Security– Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission is to return the first pristine samples of carbon-rich material from the surface of a primitive asteroid.

“Primitive” in regard to asteroids means original material formed at the beginning of the solar system that’s been little altered by heat or pressure. Look around you and you won’t find these sorts of rocks on Earth. Most have been reworked and recycled through water and wind erosion and the great engine of plate tectonics. “While there are plenty of primitive asteroids out there, Bennu stands out as the most easily accessible one by space probe” reads http://astrobob.areavoices.com/2013/08/20/why-you-should-care-about-asteroid-101955-bennu/

101955 Bennu photo from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/101955_Bennu
101955 Bennu photo from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/101955_Bennu

Of ancient Malawi’s mythical 6 spirit (mizimu) names for 2015 – Sapitwa

Western side of Mulanje Mountain in Sunset, seen from Likubula Falls http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mulanje_Massif#mediaviewer/File:Mulanje_Mountain_western_side.JPG
Western side of Mulanje Mountain in Sunset, seen from Likubula Falls
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mulanje_Massif#mediaviewer/File:Mulanje_Mountain_western_side.JPG

As the Sapitwa healers of the mythical part Mulanje Mountain in the east of Blantyre in Malawi counted down to December 31, 2015 in anticipation of Sirius as if ushering in a New Year with nature’s very bright fireworks, healers also gave their mapira (sorghum) offerings on December 24 in line with their festival.

This is in commemoration of what they call mphepo zinayi which is in a nutshell the 4 winds of Sapitwa.

2015 is a special year because that is when six feared spirits representing life (moyo) are revealed from three mythical sides of Sapitwa, Kuba (Mt Namuli of Mozambique) and Inyangani (Mt Nyangani) of Zimbabwe according to such myths.

This blog will only share their known Chichewa names in such Myths and Tales of ancient Malawi.

Malawian healers call Mt Namuli in Mozambique "Kuba"
Malawian healers call the mythical side of Mt Namuli in Mozambique “Kuba” and the one of creatures (zirombo)

These are Lifa (to pass on to the afterlife), Biton meaning iwe tabwela mwakhazikika (come here you’ve settled down), Kaliya, a code name for Maliya, the known Tomasi, Yosefe a code name which is actually Tonsefe as in all of us and a Secret word this blog can’t reveal but only disclose that it means Njira, the way and path.

Njira is represented by the harvest season, in the way one plants seeds to bring them to life and in the way the same rows where the planting is done representing death as in a graveyard (manda) in the ancient African sense which was the Afterlife.

This was the secret name of all the powerful secrets of ancient Malawi and the secret way to that path. The word was written in the palm of one’s hands and on the face with specific marks representing a letter in the ancient Malawi alphabet.

According to one of the healers who follow ancient ways now labeled as “pagan” this is why they trekked to the mountain in 2014 to commemorate the 4 winds which in their beliefs symbolizes moyo which in English is life.

In their words, the year has been tough and 2015 will not be any better according to the Sapitwa oracle. The reason why is because mizimi yakwiya (the spirits are angry) because those they try and speak through are treated worse than dogs with rabies (chiwewe) by those they say do not listen (anthu inu osamva).

Some Malawi healers talk of Nyanga in Zimbabwe and insist Mt Inyangani has a mythical side and mizimu http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Nyangani
Some Malawi healers talk of Nyanga in Zimbabwe and insist Mt Inyangani has a mythical side and mizimu http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Nyangani

Although most healers including the Sapitwa ones are like the scum of society and looked down upon and labelled all sorts of names including afiti (witches), the Sapitwa ones still insist they strongly believe in the Creator whom some of us Christians call God.

In their “primitive” minds, they believe that Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe (God) gave life by breathing through the nostrils of the first human being.

They also believe that Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe comes with the North wind which acts with the winds from the South and that the West corresponds with the East which they claim represents all that is holy and pure in their beliefs.

This creates an opposite attraction with the northern winds symbolizing heat and rains in their primitive beliefs and the southern showers while the west symbolized darkness and the east light hence the re-birth or renewal.

Now when they draw the 4 winds with ufa (maize flour) it creates their African cross and for them wind is like air which means life.  They also chant or ask for requests using lubani (incense) and send them through the 4 winds by using their foreheads or face to trace which direction the winds are blowing.

In their ancient beliefs, they somehow try and target winds blowing to the east by memorizing where the sun rises and where it sets to create a “primitive” African compass to assist them with directions.

According to a tale only told in a Sapitwa healers version, it is these four winds that Mbona of ancient Malawi was believed to invoke by pointing to the north using his kandalanga (two-edged knife) for rains which Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe was believed to send from the north.

For example when ancient Malawi’s Mbona said “amene ali ndi makutu amve” (those who have ears listen) he was not talking about the ears attached to our heads which was represented by the The Tree Ear mushroom (Auricularia auricula).

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The Tree Mushroom locally nicknamed Bowa Muntengo (Mushtroom in the Tree) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auricularia_auricula-judae
So when one said bowa muntengo (mushroom in the tree) that was the ear mushroom and the words “amene ali ndi makutu amve”.

Parts of the “magic” mushroom among others are used in an ancient recipe of ingredients to quickly stretch a certain part of the body. So in ancient Malawi “amene ali ndi makutu amwe” meant “woman listen.”

Mbona liked referring to women as “woman” which in Chichewa is “mkazi” or women (akazi) and in minibuses and on the streets of Malawi that is what most men say when talking about women and not only their wives or women.

His language was normal in ancient times but not today and his teachings, saying songs etc are graphic.

So as the Sapitwa healers in their “primitive” beliefs celebrate the giver of life, we will try again to record one of them explaining all this themselves for history purposes and for in a small way NOT to endorse but document the ancient role of Malawi’s former priestesses known in Malawi as asing’anga amizimu but of Sapitwa as there is only one elderly one left in the country.

Woman not mermaid and python drawing from http://exploremalawi.blogspot.com/2013/02/how-to-make-it-rain-malawian-ancestral.html
Woman not mermaid and python drawing from http://exploremalawi.blogspot.com/2013/02/how-to-make-it-rain-malawian-ancestral.html

Of ancient Malawi’s mythical mermaids and phande (pearl) shells

Hans Christen Andersen writes in ‘The Little Mermaid’, “But a mermaid has no tears.” 

This line directly contradicts other fanciful writers and dreamers who say that mermaid tears become pearls, or that the green pebbles found on the Floridan Iona shoreline are the tears of a mermaid. 

And maybe so.  Like the legend that mermaids are guardians and avengers of women, perhaps any remaining mermaid of legend cries unmercifully over the condition of the seas Mermaid Tears — Another Nautical Disaster 

Ancient Malawi's Phande shell also known as Ngale (Pearls) associated with female water spirits like mermaids
Ancient Malawi’s Phande shell also known as Ngale (Pearls) associated with female water spirits like mermaids

Ndine Nyangu ”, a woman says after dipping her head into a big red clay pot full of water goes the latest Sapitwa oral story which this blog is not endorsing but just telling it like it is.

This Nyangu known as Malira (“you have cried”) is a water spirit known by different names.

She proudly wears a “phande” also locally known as “ngale’ as a necklace which in English is a “pearl” but this blog is talking about the actual shell whose scientific name remains a mystery.

This blog does not know what exactly is found inside the Phande shell but some healers claim some thorn looking things and a secret as in Chinsinsi which sounds like Isis with chinsinsi the Chinyanja word for secret.

And when angry, Nyangu would say in a code “Muzalira ndine mkazi” which in English can be summed up as the Wrath of a Woman. So literally she was saying an enemy would cry because she is a woman who can be ruthless.

All genuine male healers admit that when the MALIYA spirit “comes out” it’s powerful and at times dangerous in that it’s the most powerful and close to all the male spirits they tap into. This spirit is also known as one of the many Nyangus of ancient Malawi but in the African water spirit world of mermaids.

The MALIYA spirit has both male and female sexual organs. She is also very dramatic and fierce with anger.

When trainee African priestesses (nsembe) got a shell like this one from Sapitwa as it was sourced in the Indian Ocean it symbolized the spirit world opening up to them especially MALIYA
When trainee African priestesses (nsembe) got a shell like this one from Sapitwa as it was sourced in the Indian Ocean it symbolized the spirit world opening up to them especially MALIYA

According to a Sapitwa healer such mythical spirits are half woman and half fish so priestesses who follow their teachings are not supposed to eat fish.

Nyangu means “manthongo” like the crust mucous stuff around the eyes and another rude version only for this oral story.

It also means “wopepera” like in foolish, a fool or someone lacking intelligence in relation to the ancient Nyangu spirit (mizimu) who was misunderstood and not the many royal official ones.

The clay pot she used like others were always broken into pieces to be disposed of in thick forests of hills and mountains whenever they were not needed. She was the last female to use it for that specific purpose and passed on some teachings to her priestesses.

Once upon a time in this ancient land of Malawi as this blog continues repeating oral tales about the creation of gods and goddesses which were locally known as mizimu as in winged spirits, there lived a powerful female one known as Malira Tapalia of the North.

These spirits were different from ancestral ones which are locally known as mizimu yamakolo.

This woman also known as one of the Nyangus of ancient times did not bath and only dipped her head in water because she used a lot of nyanga involving charms and horns which are easily diluted by water.

And since this Nyangu was from water hence her name also sounding like Tilapia fish with the most common species in Malawi being chambo….Malira was believed to appear as a mermaid because she could not get her lower body wet which was the source of her powers.

Woman not mermaid and python drawing from http://exploremalawi.blogspot.com/2013/02/how-to-make-it-rain-malawian-ancestral.html
Malawi woman not mermaid and python drawing from http://exploremalawi.blogspot.com/2013/02/how-to-make-it-rain-malawian-ancestral.html

Some healers claimed such beings would also put snails in their forbidden areas to protect themselves from water there or they had the body of a fish to keep the water out.

That is why Malira was believed to be of the sea or ocean and some healers use the name Dr Maliya or Dr Maria to mean Malira whose salty tears where like the ocean.

This blog is not saying all Dr Marias sourced their name from Malira but that some of them whom this blog interviewed did.

Malira who also specialized in magic (matsenga) like in Disney films is said to have always appeared crying and weeping with a baby on her back and her colour was blue like the ocean.

According to a Sapitwa healer this Malira whose name meant the way a woman cries during childbirth like in mwana amalira (the child cries) lived in what is today known as the Mandala area and the word “Mandala” was a Mang’anja nickname for a female autonomy.

The Mandala Nyangu acted like a Mangadzi (berothed maiden) because of the “oracle’s spirit marriage to the python (serpent spirit) or god, whose bow was the rainbow.

Now this serpent spirit was Tomasi Bona (Atom) also known as Napolo of the North Wind.

This is the winged spirit the ancestors would look for whenever they wanted rains and it is the one Mbona (the Seer) would point his kandalanga two-edged sword besides Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe (God) whom they believed was further North up in the Universe and beyond the Sun.

Mami Wata Arts for Water Spirits in Africa photo from https://mayapedia.me/posts/mami-wata-arts-for-water-spirits-in-africa-and-its/
Mami Wata Arts for Water Spirits in Africa photo from https://mayapedia.me/posts/mami-wata-arts-for-water-spirits-in-africa-and-its/

They also believed that when the South met the North that would symbolize floods and they would calculate where it would happen.  This is where the Malira spirit would come in together with Tomasi Bona.

This Malira spirit of the North was the opposite of Chinsinsi Sungamwana (Secret, Keep the Child) of the South who was her sister.

Now when this blog uses the term Mangadzi or Mang’adzi it’s not confirming if the Nyangu mentioned was one and neither is this Nyangu the one of many in ancient Malawi’s history.

In the official version which are a different story, Mang’adzi was similar to Makewana (mother of the children) but of the Mang’anja belief system.

A “chosen” priestess carried the Tomas Bona spirit on their backs as a mother and it was through Malira where some belief systems originated that salt can cure many illnesses or problems.

Mermaids in ancient history are not unique to Malawi with other mother figures like “Mami Wata” (Mammy Water) being venerated in WestCentralSouthern Africa, and in the African diaspora in the Caribbean and parts of North and South America.

“Mami Wata” where “Mami” is the Pidgin English spelling of mammy (mother) “Wata” is the Pidgin English spelling of water is essentially a mermaid or humanistic water entity.

“Mami Wata is often described as a mermaid-like figure, with a woman’s upper body (often nude) and the hindquarters of a fish or serpent.  In other tales, Mami Wata is fully human in appearance (though never human).

“The existence and spiritual importance of Mami Wata is deeply rooted in the ancient tradition and mythology of the coastal southeastern Nigerians (EfikIbibio and Annang people). Mami Wata often carries expensive baubles such as combs, mirrors, and watches. A large snake (symbol of divination and divinity) frequently accompanies her, wrapping itself around her and laying its head between her breasts,” further reads the unofficial Wikipedia about Mami Wata.

In the West, tales by Hans Christian Anderson including 'Little Mermaid' were very popular
In the West, tales by Hans Christian Anderson including ‘Little Mermaid’ were very popular

And as a divine healer, Isis shared the secrets of healing and preparation of medical potions to her priestesses. Isis is also credited for bringing the secrets of law and agriculture.

The gems and stones equated with Isis are pearl, coral, lapis, geodes, and moonstone further reads http://www.touregypt.net/magazine/magf5.htm

The Temple of Aset, or Isis as she is known to most, at Philae was a jewel within a jewel and built on two tiny yet beautiful islands in the midst of the Nile waters.

The island itself was called the “Pearl of Egypt” by many, and was thought to be one of the burial places of Osiris – the husband of Isis, in ancient Egyptian mythology.

Pearls were prized by rulers and royalty with Julius Caesar limiting the wearing of pearl jewelry to the rulers of the Roman Empire during the first century BC In the glory days of the British Empire, only royalty were allowed to wear these lustrous gems.

Online sources also show that until fairly recently, pearls were still worn exclusively by royalty and wealthy nobility, as they were far too expensive for anyone else to afford.Daughters of Isis

According to Stephen Bloom, a journalism professor at the University of Iowa, real pearls grow in oysters and mussels, which are incredibly adept at filtering sand out of their systems.

“What happens is that a tiny piece of coral or an unfortunate tiny living organism attaches itself to the meat of the oyster and, in order to protect itself from the irritation, the oyster covers the invader with layers of nacre, the smooth, luminous substance that makes up the pearl. Now this is how natural pearls are created, but it’s extremely rare to find a natural pearl.

“Almost all pearls today are cultured or cultivated pearls. In oysters, they’re grown by inserting a small bead — which is made of a piece of clam shell from the Mississippi River Delta — and a piece of oyster tissue into the mollusk; in Chinese mussels there are no beads, just tissue inserted.

“The shells are returned to the water, turned regularly, and harvested. Oysters produce one pearl, like an egg and a yolk, while a mussel can produce as many as 60 pearls of all different shapes and colors.

China, Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam, French Polynesia, Australia, Mexico, and the Phillippines are producers. Pearls from Japanese oysters made up the largest portion of the market for many years. In the 1970s, the Chinese started producing freshwater pearls in mussels, and today, 99% of freshwater pearls come from China. Most people involved in crafts use Chinese pearls,” he said in a 2010 article titled ‘Tears of Mermaids:  The Secret Story of Pearls https://blog.etsy.com/en/2010/tears-of-mermaids-the-secret-story-of-pearls/

In December 2012 37thSTATE presented 'LADY IN THE WATER'- A mami-wata documentary. Published by @Lanredavieshttp://www.factory78.com/2012/12/37thstate-presents-lady-in-water-mami.html
In December 2012 37thSTATE presented ‘LADY IN THE WATER’- A mami-wata documentary. Published by @Lanredavieshttp://www.factory78.com/2012/12/37thstate-presents-lady-in-water-mami.html

In 1493, sailing off the coast of Hispaniola, Christopher Columbus reported seeing three “female forms” which “rose high out of the sea, but were not as beautiful as they are represented”.

The logbook of Blackbeard, an English pirate, records that he instructed his crew on several voyages to steer away from charted waters which he called “enchanted” for fear of merfolk or mermaids, which Blackbeard himself and members of his crew reported seeing.

In August 2009, after dozens of people reported seeing a mermaid leaping out of the water and doing aerial tricks, the Israeli coastal town of Kiryat Yam reportedly offered a $1 million award for proof of its existence.

Christopher Columbus online drawing from http://usa.greekreporter.com/2013/10/14/columbus-day-was-christopher-columbus-greek-2/
Christopher Columbus online drawing from http://usa.greekreporter.com/2013/10/14/columbus-day-was-christopher-columbus-greek-2/

In February 2012, work on two reservoirs near Gokwe and Mutarke in Zimbabwe stopped when workers refused to continue, stating that mermaids had hounded them away from the sites. It was reported by Samuel Sipepa Nkomo, the water resources minister according to a report in The Herald. http://www.herald.co.zw/mermaids-stopping-govt-work-sipepa-nkomo/

Online drawing of mermaid taken from http://urbansoulflower.wordpress.com/2012/03/26/when-mermaids-get-stranded-like-me/
Online drawing of mermaid taken from http://urbansoulflower.wordpress.com/2012/03/26/when-mermaids-get-stranded-like-me/

Some royal ancestors valued short finger nails (chikhadabo) and rhino horn (chipembere)

Rhino photo taken from Forbes http://www.forbes.com/fdc/welcome_mjx.shtml
Rhino photo taken from Forbes http://www.forbes.com/fdc/welcome_mjx.shtml

Rhinoceros horns have long been objects of mythological beliefs.  Some cultures prize them for their supposed magical or medicinal qualities while others have used them as dagger handles or good luck charms.

When attacking, the rhino lowers its head, snorts, breaks into a gallop reaching speeds of 30 miles an hour, and gores or strikes powerful blows with its horns according to various internet sources.

In ancient Malawi rhino horns (nyanga) were not hunted anyhow but passed down generations in royal families with the same one being used according to some elders familiar with the ancient history of this land which had no borders.

Fingernails were also viewed as having nyanga similar to the rhino horn which some ancient royal families stored charms in besides bathing in it. That horn was different from the goat horn (mbuzi) used in the evil magical oral Maula….as the Rhino horn was believed to give a royal person that authority so that people would fear them.

Internet photo of fingernails (chikhadabo)
Internet photo of fingernails (chikhadabo)

It was ten years ago on 13 April, 2004 when a Malawian village woman had a strange dream and saw the letters MBONA and blue deep water as chairs and tables were floating on top.

This woman also saw the colour black which symbolizes dark clouds which bring rain.

According to some Sapitwa healers this symbolized her “calling” to ulosi (African prophecy) and her role as an ancient priestess responsible for nsembe (sacrifices and offerings).

Malawi’s ancient Mbona was viewed as a rainmaker although in reality he only pointed his two-edged kandalanga sword to the North for Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe to bring rain claim some Mulanje-based elders.

Official Mbono Illustration taken from Ulendo series book for Standard 8
Official Mbono Illustration taken from Ulendo series book for Standard 8

As soon as Mbona pointed his sword to apparently somehow bring in the North wind of Tomasi Bona (Atom), he did not get struck by lightning (mphenzi) as the thunder roared and natures’ electricity tore trees apart.

But how did this happen, many of us would ask the elders.  Well they claim that the spirit (mizimu) of Tomasi Bona somehow possessed Mbona and this enabled him repel the lightning with his finger tips and short nails to show his strength and power (mphamvu).

Woman and python drawing from http://exploremalawi.blogspot.com/2013/02/how-to-make-it-rain-malawian-ancestral.html
Woman and python drawing from http://exploremalawi.blogspot.com/2013/02/how-to-make-it-rain-malawian-ancestral.html

According to such myths, Mbona was trained to make his body like a magnet in which the role of static electricity played because he was not only an ordinary person but the reincarnation or re-birth of the Tagoneka Mbona spirit of the West after he was born of a woman whose name was Nyangu.

There is no scientific explanation for such things as lightning is “a powerful sudden flow of electricity (an electrostatic discharge) accompanied by thunder that occurs during an electric storm. The discharge will travel between the electrically charged regions within a thundercloud, or between a cloud and a cloud, or between a cloud and the surface of a planet.”

“A moving thunderstorm also gathers positively charged particles along the ground that travel with the storm.

As the differences in charges continue to increase, positively charged particles rise up tall objects such as trees, houses, and telephone poles—and people so it’s best to avoid being the highest object anywhere during a storm and avoid taking shelter near or under the highest object, including tall trees.

“Avoid being near a lightning rod or standing near metal objects such as a fence or underground pipes,” according to the National Geographic news website. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/06/0623_040623_lightningfacts_2.html

As one can see this is why women as female priestesses and prophetesses in this ancient land of Malawi played a huge role in the nation’s long forgotten history. They are also written about in lightning myths and their role in being the feminine energy (-) pulling the male charge (+) to create Light.

For example Rev Bozongwana wrote when rain came with thunder people said “Iphezulu liyakhuluma,iNosazana iyadlala meaning the rain-goddess is speaking and there were similar beliefs in ancient Egypt which was in line with many African cultures.

Ndebele religion

In ancient Malawi Chinsinsi Sungamwana (secret, keep the child) had a twin sister called Malira Tapalia (cry, fish) who was connected to both lightning, rains and water. She was the Nyangu who would put her head in a huge red clay pot full of water and say “Ndine Nyangu”….I am Nyangu. So she only bathed her head and not the rest of her body because of heavy use of nyanga (horns, charms).

“O Isis, O lightning that turns into god, extend your blessing on the people of that time.  You left your will in magical prayer, Lightning: A Perfect Mind, And all your kindness, for your so beneficial gift, for the strength of your light, we praise you, Isis…..

“Daughter of earth and sky, under your form of lightning, you show your dual origin by uniting both your parents in your embrace. You are the true benefactor of mankind, the Divine Mother….

“She is a thing. She is lightning. Remember that lightning, or thunder, is a feminine word in Greek as well as in French. Is lightning a thing indeed? In this particular context, lightning is both the flash that provides enlightenment and Isis, Great Goddess of Ancient Egypt.

“I am Lightning making the perfect mind.  I send the power to those who come to me.  Do not ignore me, you Greeks, armed with your beliefs.  For I am the first and last, the great goddess and the most humble of your servants.

“For I am the one who is honoured in the old religion, the one who is despised in the Greek worship.  I am the one who is sterile because enlightenment is not transmitted by heredity, and numerous are my sons because I have awakened many,” partly reads online sources about ancient Egyptian goddess Isis.

Internet photo
Internet photo

Now looking some images of the ancient Egypt figure of a woman with one leg bent reminds some uneducated Sapitwa healers of a Hamerkop known as Nantchengwa in Malawi.

It’s quite an ugly looking bird with a triangle shaped head and a cry that seems to shriek when flying by.

Hamerkop landing photo from the Internet
Hamerkop landing photo from the Internet

The mythical lightning-bird of ancient Malawi is also the hamerkop locally known as nantchengwa which has a triangular-shaped head and is known for its shriek cry as if some wicked women laughing or something.

This blog will continue trying to document oral history about the first Nyangu because so far nothing shows up on Google except a small mention of Mbona’s “virgin mother” according to the book the River of Blood: The Genesis of a Martyr Cult in Southern Malawi by Father J. Matthew Schoffeleers, a Catholic missionary.

It’s posted in the link: http://books.google.mw/books?id=4S4G7Lo5OZwC&pg=PA105&lpg=PA105&dq=Mbona+born+of+a+virgin+mother+River+of+Blood&source=bl&ots=m96h080MOW&sig=TGHw3eBDFM-A16QgSyOXNtJJKvg&hl=en&sa=X&ei=R2c4U7fNOcqM7AallIGIBw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=Mbona%20born%20of%20a%20virgin%20mother%20River%20of%20Blood&f=false

Now before that there were many other Nyangus including the first one who fell from grace according to Sapitwa healers. But that Nyangu known as Malira Tapalia was different from Mbona’s mother or all the other official Nyangus of Malawi’s ancient history.

It’s also a fact that Mbona kept his finger nails short and filed but his hair uncut and dreadlocked but this blog is still trying to confirm what tools he used to cut his nails.

What is known is the secret behind short finger nails among many real African doctors in many cultures.

Photo taken from http://egyptiangiftshop.net/Egyptian-Gifts/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=68&products_id=226
Photo taken from http://egyptiangiftshop.net/Egyptian-Gifts/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=68&products_id=226

In Malawi, fingernails are called chikhadabo or zikhadabo and they’re similar to the horn of the Rhino (Chipembere).

Now strong healers cut their fingernails and file their nails even if it’s with a razor because nails are the same as the horn (nyanga) of an animal and symbolize strength (mphamvu).

That is why some ancient kings are said to have used the Rhino horn with charms to make people fear them and others used the goat horn (mbuzi) which was different.

Animal horns as in nyanga played a major role in nyanga rituals performed by some royal families and asing’anga anyanga.

In English they say fingernails and toenails are made up of “a tough protective protein called keratin. This protein is also found in the hooves and horns of different animals.”

Kera is Greek which means “horn” and also sheep wool as in Nkhosa his similar to keratin found in human hair. This might have been one of the reasons in the 18th century British colonialists allegedly classified African hair “as closer to sheep wool than human hair”.

However it is a fact that the natural hair of some people of colour is sometimes described as “nappy”, “kinky” or “wolly” and it’s also know to revert to its natural state when it gets wet.

This means the hair will shrink and get puffy or curly and keratin is also present in hair.

The horns of most animals have a bony core covered by a thin sheath of keratin, the same substance as hair and nails. Rhino horns are unique, however, because they are composed entirely of keratin. Melanin and calcium patches are also know to appear in its yearly growth surges.

Sheep wool internet photo
Sheep wool internet photo

“Keratin is an extremely strong protein that is a major component in skin, hair, nails, hooves, horns, and teeth. The amino acids which combine to form it have several unique properties and, depending on the levels of the various amino acids, it can be inflexible and hard, like hooves, or soft, as is the case with skin.

“Most people interact with this tissue after it is actually dead; hair, skin, and nails are all formed from dead cells that the body sheds as new cells push up from underneath. If the dead cells are kept in good condition, they will serve as an insulating layer to protect the delicate new tissue below them.

“Keratin is formed by keratinocytes, living cells that make up a large part of skin, hair, nails, and other parts of the body. The cells slowly push their way upwards, eventually dying and forming a protective layer. Thousands are shed every day, and the process can be accelerated by various medical conditions, such as psoriasis. Damage to the external layer of keratin can cause skin, hair, and nails to look unhealthy or flaky.

Agnes Dumisani Mizere (Nankhoma) in her 100% natural self trying to give a voice to the VOICELESS...the untold and erased history of women of MALIYA...peace
Agnes Dumisani Mizere (Nankhoma) in her 100% natural self though mocked and scorned, she still tries to give a voice to the VOICELESS…the untold and erased history of women of MALIYA, MBONA, TOMASI BONA and never forgetting CHAUTA, NAMALENGA, MPHAMBE (God) who’s worthy to be praised…peace

“Hair and nails on humans especially tend to become dry and brittle, because the dead keratin is being pushed to great lengths. By eating foods like gelatin and keeping hair and nails moist, they can be grown out while still remaining healthy.

“In general, the thicker the layer of keratin, the healthier the hair or nail is, because the dead cells outside protect the living cells at the core. Keeping the external layer moisturized will also keep it healthy and prevent cracking and splitting, whether it is forming the hooves of a horse of the skin of a human”, according to http://www.wisegeek.org/what-is-keratin.htm