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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.